Next month could see a triple whammy of Apple products arrive, a report suggests, as the tech giant breaks with form in a bid to arrest its recent profit downturns.
In a report concerned chiefly with Foxconn’s profits, Taiwanese site DigiTimes claims that Apple’s manufacturing partner can expect a major financial fillip next month.
Of course, given that this is the month the iPhone 5S is almost certain to tip up, that’s not too surprising.
More earth-shattering by far is that the site posits that the improvement in the company’s fortunes will also be down to the arrival of the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2.
The news, which you should probably take with a pinch of salt given DigiTimes’ patchy record with leaks, runs contrary to rumours that the iPad mini 2 and its larger stablemate will not make their debuts until April or March next year.
How much to read into the site’s story, then?
It's certainly possible that Apple would want to get its second-gen micro slate out in time for Christmas to capitalise on the burgeoning market for slates that made the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus such big hits last Yule.
Conversely, it’s pretty unlikely - bordering on inconconcievable - that Apple would use a single event to showcase three major products. Especially given that it would mean the devices would end up fighting against each other for consumers’ attention and valuable column inches in the mainstream media and tech press.
In a perhaps strange case of device convergence, the iPad 5 is expected to take design cues from the first-gen iPad mini. Meanwhile, the iPad mini 2 is set to co-opt the larger tablet’s high-density retina display, further blurring the lines between the slates.