Is Apple’s iPhone 5 Set to Launch on This Date?

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will launch the next-generation iPhone, a rumored iPad Mini, and a new iPod nano in a still-unannounced event in early September, a new report claims. The blog iMore writes sources “who have proven accurate in the past” say the three devices will be announced at a special Apple event on September 12. While new iPhone is expected to go on sale a week after that supposed debut, on September 19, the sale dates for the other two devices are not yet known.

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While no additional information or details about the hardware specifics were offered, the website’s sources say the iPad Mini will “be exactly like the 9.7-inch iPad, only scaled down to 7.x-inches.” The new iPhone is expected to come with a taller 4” screen and be 4G LTE-capable.

Several analysts have cited supplier sources to suggest the new iPhone is in line for a fall launch, while the smaller iPad has been on experts’ radars for a while. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had written in a note to investors that the new iPhone and the iPad Mini will launch in September. Apple has not said anything about the two devices, though it is set to launch an updated version of its mobile software, iOS 6, in fall. There have also been reports that Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn has been hiring extra staff to accommodate the increased orders.

The iPhone 4S was announced on October 4 last year and released 10 days later. The same event also announced minor updates to the iPod line.

Shares of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) are trading up 1.53% at $594.09 per share Monday afternoon.

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