We've long known that iPhone 5 Day 2012 would be September 12th — Apple would hold an event, Tim Cook would go on stage, a new iPhone would be announced and Apple will claim that this changes everything. There were also reports that a new 7-inch iPad mini would be announced on the same day. They might've been wrong. New reports are coming out that the iPad mini might actually launch in October.
Well-connected and professional Apple dot-connector John Gruber is disputing the previous report about a dual-announcement of the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini and hinting that it makes more sense for Apple to hold two different events and announce the iPhone 5 on September 12th and then wait until October to introduce the iPad Mini. Something about Apple not wanting to share the stage with itself and stealing attention from the iPhone. He says:
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.
This is speculation, of course (hell the September 12th iPhone date hasn't even been confirmed by Apple yet), but Gruber has traditionally been spot on when it comes to the going ons of Apple. For what it's worth, Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, another traditionally well-connected Apple man, slyly hints that Gruber is right in his thinking. So what does that mean? Well, instead of a one day iPhone and iPad Mini bonanza, it looks like we could have a two month long Applefest of new shiny gadgets from Cupertino. [Daring Fireball]