The first event still planned for September 12th, with a launch of September 21st. Then a second event in October, according to sources at AllThingsD. The idea being to have separate launches for the iPhone 5 and unconfirmed “iPad Mini”. The new idea of these separate launches started last week from Daring Fireball’s John Gruber.
I’m thinking it makes more sense for Apple to hold two events. First, an iPhone event, focused solely on the new iPhone and iOS 6. Then, the iPhone ships nine days later, and there’s another wave of iPhone-focused attention as the reviews come out. Then, in the first or second week of October, Apple holds its traditional “music event”, exactly along the lines of the events at which they’ve been debuting new iPods for the last decade.
What is being said seems to make sense. There will always be hype surrounding what will come with the new iPhone. To have the event of that announcement shared with a completely new product would seem unfair and play down the smaller iPad product to be.
Now there are new reports AT&T employees have been told there is a vacation blackout for staff from September 21-30. This information along with the Verizon blackout seem to point to this being the iPhone’s official release date.
Of course none of this has been confirmed by Apple, but it will be interesting to see who is right when this all plays out.