Apple rumour bonanza: mid-September for the iPhone 5, plus could we be looking at a new iPad mini AND iPad regular?

Apple rumour bonanza: mid-September for the iPhone 5, plus could we be looking at a new iPad mini AND iPad regular?Talk about your Apple overload. This morning it was a shedload of new iPhone 5 pics, now it's... well, just about everything else.

Thanks to iLounge, we've got iPhone 5 launch AND on sale date rumours, new small iPad, new big iPad (!!!), iPod touch, nano, er... think that's about it. Phew.

If you don't like Apple rumours, that's your business. And if you think mobile sites publish way too many of them, head straight for the comments section at the bottom and vent your spleen. If I wasn't writing this I'd possibly be doing so myself.

But truth be told these are some meaty allegations (which iLounge assures us are all the whisperings of A Source), so let's get into it.

First up, the iPhone 5 – or New iPhone, if that's how you roll. Seems we're talking a launch date around the third week of September, which is consistent with other rumours doing the rounds today suggesting the 12th, with an on-sale date of the 21st.

Next up, Apple will also release a pair of cases for its new phone, one a bumper-style affair and the other something “will have a major impact on the accessory market if released, yet is not hugely surprising. Something with a stand, perhaps?”

Then there's the iPad mini, which is now a complete certainty after what seems like years of rumours. It'll be announced alongside the iPhone 5, iLounge's source says, but will only ship in November, which is a bit of a departure from Apple's normal way of doing things.

In terms of the full-size iPad, the fourth gen iteration looks like it'll be thinner and run cooler (possibly thanks to Sharp's rumoured IGZO displays, which were apparently ruled out of appearing on the current model at the 11th hour). It'll also have a rear-side mic and the 19-pin dock connector bring introduced with the other new iDevices.

The kicker, though, is that the source claims Apple may introduce it early, cutting short the standard 12-month product cycle we've become used to from mobile gadgets. The logic is that it won't be a full new version but simply a design refresh – a move that'll be easier to pull off with the current model not actually carrying a generation number in its name.

There will also be a new iPod touch, apparently, with a bigger screen and more powerful processor for those who want an unplugged flavour of Apple mobile gizmo.

It's a lot to take in, but Apple is no doubt intent on making a strong statement as it approaches the end of the first full year of the post-Steve Jobs era. Either way, we wouldn't dwell on it too long, as there's bound to be a fresh crop of equally compelling rumours tomorrow. And the next day...

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9 comments

Treab  Jul. 30, 2012 at 20:27

jesus martin stop posting spam :p

Pondlife  Jul. 30, 2012 at 22:11

A thinner large ipad would likely be more down to them switching the processor to smaller die size as they did with some of the ipad2 after the 3rd one launched. Would mean they could use a smaller battery.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 30, 2012 at 22:17

“will have a major impact on the accessory market if released, yet is not hugely surprising. Something with a stand, perhaps?” I'd assume a case with an adaptor for the old connector would make more sense? But then I'm not very bright today.

Pondlife  Jul. 30, 2012 at 22:42

I think there would be a lot of peed off ipaddicts if they improved it that soon.
Still not entirely convinced about ipad mini's existence.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 31, 2012 at 00:09

Still not entirely convinced about ipad mini's existence.
Couldn't agree more on that issue...

martinjjames / MOD  Jul. 31, 2012 at 09:49

Still not entirely convinced about ipad mini's existence.
Couldn't agree more on that issue...


Funny, I stopped about 5 times mid-sentence on that one and changed it a couple of times. I guess it's another one of those sort-of-sensible ideas that after an endless mountain of Apple-related spam, sorry rumours :p starts to make it difficult to tell the difference between fact and fantasy - insert own joke about just another day in Apple-land there if you wish

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 31, 2012 at 10:31

Still not entirely convinced about ipad mini's existence.
Couldn't agree more on that issue...


Funny, I stopped about 5 times mid-sentence on that one and changed it a couple of times. I guess it's another one of those sort-of-sensible ideas that after an endless mountain of Apple-related spam, sorry rumours :p starts to make it difficult to tell the difference between fact and fantasy - insert own joke about just another day in Apple-land there if you wish


It's real... here it is
http://www.oled-display.net/files/u3/7-inch-super-amoled-galaxy-tab_0.jpg

Oh, wait, no... Damn, those copy cats :p

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 31, 2012 at 11:43

Still not entirely convinced about ipad mini's existence.
Couldn't agree more on that issue...


Funny, I stopped about 5 times mid-sentence on that one and changed it a couple of times. I guess it's another one of those sort-of-sensible ideas that after an endless mountain of Apple-related spam, sorry rumours :p starts to make it difficult to tell the difference between fact and fantasy - insert own joke about just another day in Apple-land there if you wish


It's real... here it is
http://www.oled-display.net/files/u3/7-inch-super-amoled-galaxy-tab_0.jpg

Oh, wait, no... Damn, those copy cats :p

You jest, but the Tab 7.7 is actually banned in the EU...cheers, Germany. I wish countries would keep their crap legal systems to themselves, especially when the UK high court has ruled entirely the opposite.

Pondlife  Jul. 31, 2012 at 12:17

Don't think we had a ruling on the 7.7 and they agreed with the uk one on the 10.1 oO

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