Apple is planning to unveil its next iPhone at a special event on 12 September, alongside the iPad mini and new iPod nano. Apple’s (AAPL) sixth iPhone — constantly referred to as the “iPhone 5” for lack of a better name — is really starting to take shape now that production is ramping up. A fully assembled next-generation iPhone case was shown off in leaked photos over the weekend, and a subsequent report from iMore cites unnamed sources in placing the debut of Apple’s next smartphone on September 12th alongside the “iPad mini” and a new iPod nano as well. Earlier reports suggested the new iPhone will launch on September 21st, so the timing of an Apple press conference on September 12th certainly makes sense.
As for hardware, we’re still hearing the iPad mini will be exactly like the 9.7-inch iPad, only scaled down to 7.x-inches. We originally heard Apple had a few iPhone 5 prototypes, including 3.5-inch and 4-inch versions, but recent reports and parts leaks make it look like the 4-inch, 16:9 screen version is what Apple’s going with. We’ve also consistently heard all new iOS devices will have the new, smaller Dock connector iMore learned about back in February, which along with the nano-SIM and rumored in-cell display should leave lots of room for the LTE radio we learned about earlier in the year, and the bigger battery to go along with it.
The launch of next iPhone is expected to be the company’s biggest iPhone launch yet by just about every analyst that covers Apple, and the iPad mini is seen as taking a huge bite out of Android tablet vendors’ business when it launches this fall.