If you’re in the habit of scheduling time off for key Apple product unveilings, it’s pretty safe to book September 10. The date was floated this weekend by AllThingsD for a press event and official unveiling, and now The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple has confirmed that date. Dalrymple, apart from being the father to an amazing beard, is also maybe the single-best informed outside source regarding Apple’s product event plans.
The date for the event will put it on a Tuesday just at the start of September, as AllThingsD reported. ATD itself is a pretty solid source, so there was little doubt that would be the day, but Dalrymple’s confirmation essentially makes things official – without, you know, actually making them official.
We’ll probably see the iPhone 5S at this event, which by all reports would look a lot like the iPhone 5 but might pack some improvements including a faster processor, a dual LED flash and a better camera, to name a few. We may even see an iPhone 5C released at the same time, which is the rumored name for a low-cost iPhone with a plastic back and essentially iPhone 5 internals. Remember too that Apple will likely launch iOS 7 officially at or shortly after the September 10 event.
Asymco’s Horace Dediu also has an interesting post positing pricing on an iPhone 5C, should we see one. He suspects we’ll see pricing in line with the iPad 2 and iPad mini, compared to the current generation iPad – that puts them at around the $ 450 to $ 500 range unlocked, which is definitely much more affordable than the current full price of iPhone 5 devices. Looks like we won’t have long to find out, providing Apple really does announce both next-generation devices at the same time.