Recent all-but-confirmed-by-Apple rumors have suggested that Apple will be holding a media event on September 12, 2012 to launch the highly anticipated new iPhone 5. The device itself is then expected to go on sale several days later on September 21. What has also been stated about this event (by iMore) is that Apple will also be introducing an iPad mini, a smaller iPad with a 7.85 inch screen and thinner profile than the existing iPad. It was suggested that Apple would show off the new device, but that it wouldn’t go on sale for some weeks.
Now, some well sourced information has come to light which has cast a doubt over the reliability of the original reports suggesting a September 12 introduction of the iPad mini. According to John Gruber of Daring Fireball, and tantalizingly encouraged by Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, Apple will likely be holding two events, spread weeks apart to introduce their new devices. The first event, the September 12 iPhone 5 event will go ahead, but the iPad mini will not see a launch event until the first or second week of October.
Two events would certainly make sense given the gravity of the launch that Apple will be looking to achieve for each device. There is no word on what else Apple would announce at these events, but iOS 6 is expected to be launched alongside the new iPhone, and it is expected that Apple will also be introducing a new iMac line-up as well as a new Retina Display 13 inch MacBook Pro.