Apple is intending to debut the latest iPhone at a special event on Wednesday, Sept 12, 2012, with the launch date to follow 9 days later on Friday, Sept 21. This information comes from sources who’ve proven correct in the past. The Apple iPad mini will be launched at the same Sept 12 event, as will the latest iPod nano. We haven’t heard a launch date for the iPad mini yet, but it could be the same as the iPhone 5.
It seems likely the latest iPod touch will make an appearance on Sept 12 as well, though we haven’t heard any specific details about that yet either. Back in March, we heard Apple was targeting an October launch window for the iPhone 5,1, much like last year’s iPhone 4,1 (iPhone 4S). Just recently, however, a few reports suggested Apple would be ready to go as early as Sept. A week ago, App4Phone. Fr, citing Chinese manufacturing sources, reported the Sept 21 launch date.
The longer schedule in 2011 allowed Apple to re-position the iPhone as the new, big fall product launch. It took the spotlight from the iPod family that earlier ruled the vacation quarter, but has waned in recent times. It also padded the time between the Verizon iPhone 4 release, which only took place in Feb of 2011, and gave 4 extra months for Apple to work on iOS 5, which included key additional features like iCloud, Notification Center, iMessage, and Siri.