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Apple is going to unveil a new smartphone next month, there’s very little doubt about that. And an iPod refresh is also pretty much a given. But a new, smaller iPad, though, seems to be much less of a certainty.

A new report, however, is out this afternoon, that adds weight to the theory. According to some of Apple’s premium retailers, the company has recently asked them to start tripling their iPad display space…

MacRumors reports:

“MacRumors has received word from multiple Apple Premium Resellers in Europe that Apple has requested they set aside additional table space for iPad displays over the next few weeks. One of the sources specifically cites September 12 as the Apple-imposed deadline for the adjustments to be made, while another source indicates that their store is already at work on tripling the amount of display space dedicated to the iPad.”

It’s not known whether or not these changes have anything to do with the rumored launch of the iPad mini, but the September 12 date does make it seem like it has something to do with next month’s media event.

Alongside the smaller tablet, Apple has also been rumored to be launching a retooled version of its new iPad this fall, with a slimmer profile and some tweaked internals. But that talk has quieted in the last few weeks.

Nevertheless, with multiple new product announcements on deck, next month is shaping up to be rather interesting.

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