Rumors up to this point have pointed towards an iPad mini and next generation iPhone revelation at the same time. However, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber makes a strong case for why Apple would hold two separate events. He suggests that since the iPhone is Apple’s single most important product, it would be unlikely that Apple would share the spotlight with another product. Gruber’s points are very valid and makes an excellent point. His theory of two events is that one will be for the iPhone and iOS 6 and then hold a second “iTunes” event to talk about the smaller iPad, new iPods, and possibly the rumored iTunes 11 update. Last year’s iPhone 4S event was nearly 100 minutes long covering iOS 5 and the revelation of a new iPhone.
Famous Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple also hints at two separate events. He is known for his “yep” confirmations to Apple rumors and has posted a message suggesting that Apple will hold two separate media events this fall for the new iPhone and iPad mini.
It was previously been confirmed from many sources that Apple will hold a media event on September 12th to announce a new product, which is presumed to be the next-generation iPhone and an iPad. However, Dalrymple’s track record makes it seem possible that the new iPhone will be revealed first and a smaller iPad later in the fall during a separate event.