iPhone and mini-iPad to release in September.

Apple plans to release a new iPhone and a mini iPad in September, it has been claimed.

According to Apple blog iMore, the company plans a special event for September 12 at which it will announce the new iPhone, a smaller iPad and an updated iPod touch. The new iPhone will be released on September 21, iMore claims.

“This information comes from sources who have proven accurate in the past,” says iMore’s Rene Ritchie.

On February 14, iMore correctly reported that the new iPad would be announced on March 7. That report was confirmed two weeks later when Apple issued invites to the event.

Rumours about the next iPhone have been appearing with increasing frequency in recent weeks. It has been reported that Apple will drop the familiar 30-pin dock connector from this new model, potentially making current accessories obsolete.

The new iPhone is also expected to be thinner and to have a larger screen.

The device is commonly referred to as the iPhone 5 because the previous model is the iPhone 4S but it’s unlikely to have that name. The new model will be the sixth generation iPhone and it is thought that Apple will simply call it “iPhone”, repeating what it did with the new iPad, which dropped the numbering system entirely.

Earlier this month the New York Times reported that Apple was working on a smaller iPad with a 7.85-inch screen, compared with the current 9.7-inch screen. The mini iPad will sell for less than the £320 iPad 2 and will challenge the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Google Nexus 7 for the market in smaller tablets.

Last month at its WWDC conference in San Francisco, Apple announced iOS 6, the next version of its iPhone operating system. The new version of the operating system is scheduled to be launched in the autumn and would likely arrive at the same time as the next iPhone.

The iPhone 4S was announced on October 4 last year and released 10 days later.

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