updated 07:50 am EDT, Fri August 12, 2011
Tip narrows down Apple media event
A brief rumor early Friday may have narrowed down the timing for Apple's traditional late summer event. The company has reportedly booked off September 8 in Japanese time, or September 7 in the US. Kodawarisan's source put iPods at the event but implied the iPhone 5 might wait until late September or early October.
Any event is still likely to take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (pictured).
Apple has settled into a habit of having an event in September that has usually been focused on the iPod and iTunes. With the iPhone 5 delayed this year, though, questions have been raised as to whether Apple will use the event for an iPhone as well. It would be unusual to introduce an iPod touch with iOS 5 while leaving the iPhone untouched.
The company rarely has special events less than a month apart and wouldn't have much incentive to show a new iPhone model just two or three weeks after iPods, even if they would ship substantially later. After indications that it might go as far back as October, signs have started to mount that the new iPhone would ship in September and thus that Apple would have little reason to split its announcements.