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iLounge offers a summary of various tidbits of information it has learned about Apple's upcoming iOS devices.

In line with fresh claims from iMore about a September 12 media event to introduce the next-generaton iPhone and iPod nano as well as the "iPad mini" ahead of a September 21 launch for the iPhone, iLounge says that Apple will be ready to ship the new iPhone by mid-September and could launch the device during the third week of the month. Apple is also said to be working on a pair of official cases for the new iPhone, including one that is similar to the current bumper and a second that would have a "major impact" on accessory makers. The report speculates that the case may include some sort of stand, but it is unclear whether that it is based on any actual information.

As for the iPod touch and iPod nano, iLounge believes that a new iPod touch sharing similarities to the new iPhone such as a taller 4-inch display will be making an appearance at the same event, while evidence for a new iPod nano still remains scant. Rumors of revamped iPod touch and iPod nano models have indeed been circulating in recent weeks.

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Mockup of 7.85-inch "iPad mini" next to an iPhone (courtesy of CiccareseDesign)
Regarding the future of Apple's iPad line, iLounge claims that the new "iPad mini" will not be ready for launch alongside the new iPhone in late September and may instead launch in November. While iMore believes that the device will at least be introduced alongside the new iPhone, iLounge is unsure whether it will be included during the September media event or if Apple will hold a separate event for the device a bit later. Apple is also said to be developing versions of its Smart Cover and Smart Case for the smaller iPad.

Apple's fourth-generation full-size iPad is unsurprisingly said to be seeing a move to the smaller dock connector that will debut with the next-generation iPhone, but is also said to offer only "relatively modest" tweaks to the design while also seeing the addition of a rear microphone for better audio capture while shooting video or perhaps for noise cancellation purposes.

iLounge's source seems a bit unclear on the timing for a fourth-generation iPad launch, suggesting that it could come late this year alongside the iPad mini but agreeing that the timing seems unlikely. Consequently, speculation points to an iPad mini launch late this year, followed by an iPad update early next year in line with its traditional life cycle.

iLounge has proven fairly accurate with its rumors, pinpointing a thicker third-generation iPad shell and Apple's new Smart Case for the iPad.

Article Link: More Rumors of Late September iPhone Launch with Details on iPad Mini, 4th-Gen iPad
 

KnightWRX

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And this couldn't be added to an update to the story posted just hours ago so as not to create 2 different discussions on the same topic ?

Mods : merge threads ? :D
 

bbplayer5

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Not sure if this is exciting or boring... Ive had these features on android for 2 years.
 

gadget123

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Why would they release the Ipad 4 THIS year?

Those tweaks are only going to be the same as last years "Ipad 2 HD rumours".

I would laugh if the Iphone stays 3.5" and the Ipad mini doesn't show up. :p
 

bad03xtreme

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So that's what they have been doing all this time, designing a new case that will stand up. No wonder the couldn't be bothered with coming up with a new decent design for the phone...
 

Cybbe

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Why would they release the Ipad 4 THIS year?

Those tweaks are only going to be the same as last years "Ipad 2 HD rumours".

I would laugh if the Iphone stays 3.5" and the Ipad mini doesn't show up. :p

Seems like the right time to introduce both a larger version of the iPhone and a smaller iPad. Larger Android phones are gaining traction and there several smaller tablets that undercuts the iPad significantly in price.
 

HarryKeogh

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Seems like the right time to introduce both a larger version of the iPhone and a smaller iPad. Larger Android phones are gaining traction and there several smaller tablets that undercuts the iPad significantly in price.

I think they will be doing this for the next several years until the iPad and iPhone are the same exact size causing a wormhole to be created and transporting us to wherever that Star-Child from 2001 was.
 

luciferuk

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Gobsmacked this 'smaller iPad' rumour still has momentum

Steve already said; I quote

"This is one of the key reasons we think the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps"

I'll eat my hat if this rumour goes anywhere...

There is no smaller iPad on the horizon....
 

BC2009

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My take on this.... If the iPad mini is real and getting released this year then we should start seeing part leaks at some point soon.
 

AppleScruff1

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So now a 7" tablet is a great idea and a kickstand for a phone is revolutionary. I can't believe that no one else has ever done this. Next thing you know Google will be selling a 7" tablet and Android phones will have kickstands since everyone copies Apple.
 

rmatthewware

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Why would they release the Ipad 4 THIS year?

Those tweaks are only going to be the same as last years "Ipad 2 HD rumours".

I would laugh if the Iphone stays 3.5" and the Ipad mini doesn't show up. :p

Ever since the iPhone was released, we've had a rumor of a new iPhone mid-cycle. Now that the iPad is here, it seems those rumors have shifted to it. The rumor mill always claims we'll get an updated iPad mid-cycle. It's not happened yet, I don't see it happening now.
 

cgc

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Steve already said; I quote

"This is one of the key reasons we think the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps"

I'll eat my hat if this rumour goes anywhere...

There is no smaller iPad on the horizon....

Then don't think of it as a small iPad, think of it as a large iPod Touch.
 

Cougarcat

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Steve already said; I quote

"This is one of the key reasons we think the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps"

I'll eat my hat if this rumour goes anywhere...

There is no smaller iPad on the horizon....
Steve Jobs said a lot things, among them that nobody reads anymore and nobody wants to watch video on a 3" screen.

If the WSJ said it's happening, it's happening.

I hear hats taste good smothered in cinnamon and sugar.
 
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