Apple will be announcing their next generation iPhone - what most people are calling iPhone 5s for convenience sake - at a special event on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, and possibly the less expensive iPhone - rumored to be called iPhone 5c - along with it. Ina Fried of AllThingsD broke the news:
Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone at a special event on Sept. 10, sources told AllThingsD.
And based on iMore's own sources, that's exactly right.
Last year's iPhone 5 was announced on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 and shipped on Friday, September 21, 2012. The previous year's iPhone 4S was announced on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 and shipped on Friday, October 14. So, if Apple holds to the same pattern as the last two years, and launches the second Friday following the announcement, that'd put the release on Friday, September 20.
That also means, again based on previous patterns, we might just see the iOS 7 Gold Master on September 10 as well, as Apple typically announces final developer builds at the event, with the general release on or around Wednesday, September 18, to give some breathing room before the new product lands.
No word on new iPads or iPad minis for this event, but given last year they shared the stage with new Macs in October, that's not a surprise. Last year's iPhone event did include new iPods, however, so we'll have to see on those.
For iPhone, everything is set. Just under 6 weeks and counting.