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'iPhone 5' unveiling set for September 12?

The Apple invite says, “It’s almost here” and there is a shadow of ‘5’ beneath the Sep. 12 date.

If reports are to be believed then Apple is all set to take the wraps off the iPhone 5 in just a few days from now, on September 12. The smartphone is likely to hit the retail stores a week or two later.

Though the Cupertino, California based tech giant has not given out any exact details about the upcoming release, invites sent to media for an event in San Francisco on September 12 is fueling speculation that a major product launch is in the offing.

The Apple invite says, “It’s almost here” and there is a shadow of ‘5’ beneath the Sep. 12 date.

As is customary with all big Apple product launches, the unveiling of the next version of iPhone will be held in San Francisco’s large auditorium the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater.

Apart from iPhone 5, buzz has it that Apple will also shine the spotlight on a smaller version of the iPad.

The latest generation of the iPhone will probably have a larger 10.7cm (4.2in) screen and will support fourth-generation networks.

Many new features expected
So what can we expect about the new iPhone 5? Based on the photographs of components that have leaked out from Apple's many suppliers in China over the past five months we can make some safe assumptions.

If rumors are to be believed, then the new iPhone – whatever it is to be called – is expected to feature a new design.

Given that the leading Android handsets like Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 among others have gaineded momentum with slim and strong builds, many are speculating that the new iPhone will be light weight and thinner compared to its previous versions.

The latest generation of the iPhone will probably have a larger display screen and is expected to support fourth-generation networks.

A new form factor, completely fresh innards, a new quad core processor with its brand new A6 chipset, better RAM and connectivity options are other features that may make way into the iPhone 5.

A new nine-pin connector at its base replacing the 30-pins dock plug one on existing iPhones and iPads is another anticipated upgrade.

“Among the changes expected to come to the next iPhone are a larger screen, as well as compatibility with fourth-generation cellular networks. Numerous components have leaked out over the past few months that hint at some of those features, from screen covers and near-finished cases, right down to the much-rumored smaller dock plug” comments Josh Lowensohn of CNET.

Remember, these are mere conjectures as there is no official word from Apple about the gadget yet. We will just have to wait until Sep. 12 to get a glimpse of the phone!!