John Gruber had a spotlight post just days ahead of a few big news outlets breaking that the iPad would be announced a few weeks after the rumored September 12th iPhone event.
”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.” – John Gruber
I had my doubts, but the Wall Street Journal seems to think he’s right on. John Paczkowski had some insider sources that confirmed:
Apple’s next generation iPhone and its so-called “iPad mini” will debut at two separate events this fall, rather than a single one as has been widely speculated, according to several sources.
These events are big news for Apple, and big news for the tech industry in general. Coming off of a big win in the courtroom, Apple is set for a big win on the stage.
The Mac hardware announcements at WWDC were nice. The Retina MacBook Pro is a step in the right direction for all displays. However, the new iPhone and a new iPad with a smaller and lighter form-factor will be the biggest hardware announcments of the year – especially if they aren’t competing for attention at the same event. So Apple fans you may have to wait just a little bit longer but get ready for the new iPad Mini and iPad Mini screen protectors.
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