New iPhone and smaller iPad rumored for September 12 debut, iPhone launch tipped for September 21 [UPDATED]

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| Published: July 30, 2012

iPhone 4S rear

Get out your calendars, folks, because a new report claims to have details on when Apple will announce the new iPhone and when it will hit store shelves. According to sources speaking to iMore, Apple is planning to introduce the iPhone and its rumored smaller iPad at an event on September 12. A new iPod nano and probably a new iPod touch are also expected at the event. As for an actual launch date, the site claims that the next generation iPhone will be released to the public on Friday, September 21. A release date for the iPad mini isn't yet known.

Keeping up with the iPhone leaks and rumors, a video showing off the purported body of the new iPhone has been posted online. The casing appears similar to the body that leaked out yesterday. The clip is available below.

It was rumored earlier this year that the new iPhone was being penciled in for an October release, but now it appears that the device may be ready for purchase sooner, which is something that I'm sure the iOS faithful won't be upset about. These dates are still unofficial at this point, but it's worth noting that iMore has correctly predicted previous dates for new iOS products, most recently with the event for the new iPad. While a September debut for the next iPhone would be a tad earlier in the year than last year's mid-October launch of the 4S, a possible late September release for the new model would still be fairly close to the yearly release cycle that Apple is known for. For now, the dates are certainly worth keeping in the back of your mind. We'll pass along more details on the dates as we get them.

UPDATE: AllThingsD reports that it has been told by its sources that Apple is planning an event for the week of September 12. The purpose of the event hasn't been confirmed, but as the site notes, the timing does fit nicely for a new iPhone unveiling.

UPDATE 2: And now The Loop's Jim Dalrymple has chimed in on the original iMore report, replying to it with a simple "Yep."

Via iMore, 9to5 Mac, Macotakara, AllThingsD, The Loop