New Details on the New iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Mini Release?
iLounge has posted some new details on the release of the next iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad mini obtained from a highly reliable source - 'the first one to nail the new iPhone's unusual body design'.
Corroborating an earlier report, iLounge says the new iPhone will be ready to ship in mid-September with a launch date around the third week of September. They note Apple might delay a few days to build inventory if necessary but even so the launch would take place before October.
Apple is apparently working on at least two new cases for the phone. One is said to be similar to the current bumper case, the other is a 'very different' design that will have a major impact on the accessory market.
The new iPod touch will likely be announced at the same iPhone event and will grow in screen size and performance. An iPod nano has been rumored for release as well but iLounge has not seen enough evidence to confirm an update before this holiday season.
Also corroborating an earlier report, iLounge says the iPad mini will not be ready to ship as early as the iPhone and suggests it might even have its own debut event. Their source is firm on a November launch but this does seem a little bit late to capitalize on holiday shoppers.
Finally, the next generation iPad is said to keep the same basic shape, introduce the smaller 19-pin dock connector, a rear microphone for noise cancellation, and internal hardware changes that will improve performance and reduce heat. Although some rumors have releasing this minor update alongside the iPad mini, iLounge believes Apple will hold off and update the iPad early next year.