iPhone 5 and iPad mini coming in September - Analyst

Apple’s next generation smartphone, the iPhone 5, and the highly-anticipated iPad mini will launch in September, predicts KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In this report, Kuo said:

iPhone 5 to debut in September. But due to in-cell touch panel and casing yield rate limits, ability to offset older models' shipments decrease will be moderate.

Other sources mentioned a more specific day—September 21—as the release date of the iPhone 5.

Several tech blogs and websites, including Reuters, reported recently that the new iPhone will have a 19-pin mini port instead of its original 30-pin connector dock.

Mockup of 7.85-inch "iPad mini" next to an iPhone (courtesy of CiccareseDesign)
The iPad mini, according to Kuo, will have the same thickness as the iPod touch 4G and the screen would measure 7.85-inches.

He also said:

Though shipments of iPad mini’s components will start in August, the new iPad line will end production, ready for transition to a modified New iPad line. As such, component shipments will drop in August as iPad mini’s components shipments growth will be offset. On a side note, the modified New iPad shares the same exterior as the original model, but contains modifications to correct its thermal dissipation problem and lower-cost components.

Kuo’s prediction makes sense because we’ve read reports on the web that the iPhone 5 is already in production so it’s advisable to hold on if you’re planning to buy an iPhone 4S at this time.