Apple’s iPad Mini to Debut Weeks After New iPhone

With Apple expected to drop the new 6th generation iPhone on or around September 12th, it’s apparently not too early to begin looking forward to the next Apple product release.

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long for that “next release” to come.

All Things D is reporting today that Apple will host an October event to unveil the long-awaited smaller iPad.

“Only after the next-generation iPhone is out the door and on sale will Apple announce the smaller iPad it’s been working on,” John Paczkowski writes. “That device, which is expected to have a display of less than eight inches, will be un-crated at a second special event, which sources said is currently scheduled for October.”

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber says both the new iPhone and the iPad Mini are such “larger than life” products that each requires its own dedicated media event to unveil the hardware.

“I don’t think Apple would want reviews of both a new iPhone and new-size iPad appearing at the same time,” Gruber says. “Why share the spotlight? Why have another Apple product battling with the iPhone for the top spots in news coverage? … The more I think about it, the less sense it makes for the iPhone to even share the stage at the announcement with any other product. The iPhone is too big, too cool, and garners too much attention — and it’s in Apple’s interest to keep that attention undiluted.”

So… which Apple product are you most excited about? The new iPhone or the iPad Mini? Please weigh in with a thought or comment below.