iPhone 5 And iPad Mini To Be Announced On September 12th, Release Date Is September 21st


30.07.2012

iPhone 5 And iPad Mini To Be Announced On September 12th, Release Date Is September 21st

Earlier today, we’ve presented you what it seems to be an assembled iPhone 5, the smartphone Apple is planning to launch this fall, to go against Samsung’s Galaxy S3. Even though we’ve seen how the yet-unannounced smartphone will look like, we don’t know yet when it will hit the market.

Well, the guys at iMore are the third source to confirm that iPhone 5 release date is September 21st, adding that the iPad Mini and a new iPod Nano will be unveiled alongside with iPhone during an event scheduled for September 12th. iMore got their hands on this valuable piece of information from sources close to Apple, and considering that, so far, their website provided accurate details about unreleased Apple products, we should take this rumor serious.

A release date scheduled for September 21st would reduce the iPhone launch cycle to less than one year, but Apple really need their new smartphone to hit the market as soon as possible as the iPhone sales have dropped significantly compared to Q1 2012 and Q4 2011.

Anyway, my opinion is that Apple won’t launch the iPhone 5 in late September, but anything is possible now.

Rumor has it that iPhone 5 will sport a bigger display, 4 inches (diagonally) based on in-cell technology that will allow Apple to reduce the thickness of the terminal. It seems that iPhone 5 will come with NFC chip and it might pack the LTE-friendly A5X SoC introduced on the new iPad. Apple is usually placing the iPad chipsets inside their new smartphones, thus after the iPhone 4 came with iPad’s single-core A4 CPU and the iPhone 4S received the A5 chipset of the iPad 2, the iPhone 5 might actually sport the A5X SoC that debuted on the new iPad.

As about the iPad Mini, it was reported that it will come with a 7.85-inch display and with iPad 2′s technical specifications, helping the Cupertino-based company compete against Google and their freshly announced Nexus 7.

Because Google released a quad-core 7-inch tablet for only $200, Apple will have to unveil a rival, or the iPad’s market share will be affected by the success of the cheap Google tablet.

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