According to two very well-connected people in the Apple rumorsphere, it is. First, John Gruber argued that Rene Ritchie’s original article, where he stated that both the new iPhone and a new iPad Mini would be see its debut on September 12th, may not be entirely accurate. While Gruber does believe that there will be a September 12th event, he believes that it will be focused exclusively around iOS 6 and the new iPhone, with other products being announced at a second, later event:
I’m thinking it makes more sense for Apple to hold two events. First, an iPhone event, focused solely on the new iPhone and iOS 6. Then, the iPhone ships nine days later, and there’s another wave of iPhone-focused attention as the reviews come out. Then, in the first or second week of October, Apple holds its traditional “music event”, exactly along the lines of the events at which they’ve been debuting new iPods for the last decade. (Maybe more of an “iTunes event” than just “music event”, given the rise of other media like TV shows, movies, and books.1)
To add to the list of well-connected writers, Jim Dalrymple linked to and quoted Gruber’s article and said the following:
Oh that Gruber is a smart fellow.
Dalrymple is famous in the Apple community for his cryptic “yep” confirmations of dates, events, products, and rumors that he has confirmed with his excellent Apple sources.
It seems at least possible that a second event is now being planned internally as a way to launch the iPad Mini, the updated iPods (expect both a new touch and nano), and potential, long overdue updates to iTunes. But, as usual, keep the following in mind: it isn’t real until an Apple executive is on stage holding it, smiling for the cameras.