In seven days, Apple CEO Tim Cook will open this company’s 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. While Cook will almost certainly use his Monday keynote there to unveil iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion, don’t be surprised if the technology juggernaut’s biggest news of the year is put off until later this year, according to AppleInsider.
Like in 2011, Apple is expected to use WWDC to promote the company’s software products, while saying very little about upcoming hardware releases. However, that talk is coming, according to Brian White an analyst with Topeka Capital Markets who says to expect an “exciting” September for the world’s largest technology company.
According to White, who is in Taipei to attend the 2012 Computex Show, Apple will launch the sixth-generation iPhone in September, not October as was previously believed. At the same time, he believes the company will also unveil their long-rumored iPad “mini” at the same time.
White’s comments come after he met with local contacts in Apple’s supply chain.
Last year, Apple announced the iPhone 4S in October. Prior to that, the company unveiled the iPhone 3G (2008), iPhone 3GS (2009), and iPhone 4 (2010) at WWDC. The original iPhone was announced in January 2007.
As we reported last week, the next iPhone is expected to be longer and thinner than the current model and likely include a metal backing. Recent iPad “mini” rumors suggest Apple will launch a smaller tablet to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the upcoming line of Windows 8 tablets.
Regardless of what Apple announces next week at WWDC, we’ll have it covered. Be sure to check back at AppAdvice often for latest from the Moscone Center, beginning next Monday, June 11.
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