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Excited? Apple Officially Announces Event Date, Hints at iPhone 5

(Image: Apple via CNET)

NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) -- After months of speculation, Apple Inc. has officially announced it will hold an event Sept. 12. This only served to amp up the already hot rumors that the eagerly awaited iPhone 5 will be released at that time as well.

Apple on Tuesday invited reporters to a news conference next week in San Francisco with an email invitation showing a big "12," for Sept. 12, casting a shadow in the shape of a "5." Various unconfirmed reports have pointed to Sept. 12 as being the day Apple Inc. shows off the new phone, which is expected to go on sale a week or two later.

The next iPhone is expected to have a taller screen and the ability to access the latest wireless data networks in the U.S. Analysts expect it to set sales records.

Other unconfirmed reports say Apple will reveal a smaller version of the iPad, taking on competitors like Inc.'s Kindle Fire, which have nibbled on the edges of the iPad's dominance in the tablet category.

CNET reports the dock connector could be in the cards for a new device as well. This speculation has been going on for a couple months with many fearing that they would have to change iPhone connecting devices like speakers. Tech Crunch states that with wireless connectivity, the docking feature may not be as much of an issue though.

CNET also notes the iPhone 5 may not even be the devices actual name. Given that the latest iPad was called "The New iPad," it points out the iPhone may follow suit. Still, the artwork in the invite from Apple did indicate the number "5".

Check out CNET's full post here for more on the rumors of "what to expect" -- or what could be on the table -- for a new iPhone.

On Wednesday, Nokia and Motorola are holding events of their own in New York, apparently to reveal their latest products ahead of the iPhone launch.

Apple shares rose $5.18 to $676.42 in afternoon trading. The shares are close to their all-time high of $680.87, hit a week ago.


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