According to the latest rumors, Apple plans to update their entire line of iOS devices to support the new mini dock connector as early as this September. The updated devices would include the new iPod nano and iPod touch, the current 9.7-inch iPad, and the rumored iPhone 5 and 7-inch iPad mini.
Some of those devices, such as the iPod Touch, haven’t been updated in awhile and are overdue for a refresher, but releasing a new iPad so soon after the March 2012 launch of the new iPad would be unprecedented for Apple. Apparently, Apple believes that having consistent dock connectors across the line is more important than sticking to yearly release schedules.
Whether the updated iPad would be a brand-new model or simply an updated version of the new iPad currently on the market is unclear. It is possible that they could do a modest update to the existing model this fall and then follow it up with a new 4th generation model launch in the spring, sticking to the yearly release schedule they have followed so far.
Concerned about your old accessories becoming obsolete? Rest assured, there are also reports of an adapter for the mini dock connector scheduled to be released at the same time as the new iPhone. Apple has done this in past years with updated hardware, such as the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter for MacBooks, so it’s highly likely that this rumor is true. It would definitely be in Apple’s best interest to provide an adapter to ensure that customers will not hold off purchasing the new iPhone due to the need for new accessories.
This latest information comes from the same sources that informed iMore about the mini dock connector and the adapter. Obviously these are all just rumors, but it sure sounds like we can look forward to Apple rolling out updates across the board this fall.