Apple will launch its new iPad Air 2 and updated iPad Mini with Retina Display separately, according to the Commercial Times in Taiwan.
The business site's news item marks the first suggestion that Cupertino is planning a staggered launch rather than a simultaneous grand unveiling for its 2014 slates.
The report posits that the iPad Air 2 will land in October, as expected.
However, the new iPad Mini will apparently not be revealed at the same event, but will instead fall back until early 2015.
It will then be followed by the more capacious 12.9-inch iPad Pro in spring next year.
Such gossip should of course be treated with caution and it would be a surprise if Apple were to break with form in this way.
iPad sales have dropped in the past year and although CEO Tim Cook has described the slide as nothing more than a ‘speed bump’, stalling on a new iPad Mini would surely hamper sales in the short term.
The iPad Air 2 is expected to have a new set of colours, including gold, as well as Touch ID for the first time. A special protective screen coating may also be included.