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Now that most everyone agrees Apple will be introducing the next iPhone in September, the debate seems to now be focused on when the mythical "iPad mini" might make its debut: At the same time or a separate event?
The Loop's Jim Dalrymple has already weighed in on the likelihood of the sixth-gen iPhone being introduced next month, but now the Apple insider appears to be throwing cold water on the idea of an "iPad mini" sharing the stage with the handset.
"I’m thinking it makes more sense for Apple to hold two events," commented Daring Fireball scribe John Gruber this week. "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."
Dalrymple appears to agree, responding with a simple "Oh that Gruber is a smart fellow" on his blog, The Loop.
The rumor mill has been working overtime lately, tripping over itself in an effort to get the scoop on what Apple has been up to. Remember those rumors speculating that Apple would be revamping its entire product line at WWDC this year? Yeah, that didn't pan out, and instead the company focused on new MacBooks.
With the iPhone now the most profitable device Apple -- or maybe anyone! -- makes, the folks in Cupertino surely will want to keep the focus on it's latest and greatest, so the Gruber/Dalrymple theory makes a whole lot of sense to us. Either way, it's going to be a busy autumn for tech…
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