Apple’s next-generation iPhone will launch early this fall alongside a new “iPad mini” according to an industry analyst, creating what he refers to as an exciting September. Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White on Monday issued a note to clients following a new round of meetings with his contacts in Taipei. “Regarding the widely anticipated iPhone 5, we believe a September launch is more likely than October, while we also believe this will be coupled with the ‘iPad Mini’ unveiling that we were the first to uncover last Autumn,” wrote White, who has reported accurate details regarding unannounced Apple products in the past.
The analyst continued, “We also gathered more data points to support our thesis of a unibody, aluminum casing that we believe will be manufactured by Hon Hai Precision and potentially another company. However, our contact was skeptical around the plethora of news stories highlighting Liquidmetal Technologies’ potential involvement in the iPhone 5.”
Images of what is said to be the housing for Apple’s upcoming sixth-generation iPhone were leaked last week, and they featured an aluminum rear-cover as well as a thinner form factor and a new smaller dock connector. BGR reported in December that Apple plans to launch a redesigned iPhone this coming fall, and Apple’s “iPad mini” is expected to be a smaller tablet model with a 7.85-inch display and a price tag starting between $200 and $250.