Apple to unveil iPhone 5 next week

Apple is expected to announce its latest generation iPhone at a media event in San Francisco next week.

Apple is expected to announce its latest generation iPhone at a media event in San Francisco next week.

The company sent invitations to the media overnight for an event scheduled at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, on Wednesday September 12.

This venue is typically used for new Apple product launches including the iPhone 4S and the new iPad.

Like always, Apple has been light on details with exactly what the event will reveal. The invitation sent to the media is simply titled "It's almost here" and has a large '12' in the centre to denote the event date, September 12.

The shadow appearing under the number '12' is the number 5. This strongly suggests that Apple will be launching the iPhone 5. Before the invitation was sent out, many rumours suggested the device could simply be called the "new iPhone". Apple dropped the number naming convention for the iPad earlier this year, calling it the "new iPad" rather than "iPad 3".

The media invitation comes at a time when the iPhone rumour mill is in overdrive. Among the new features expected to be seen on the next generation iPhone include a taller, 4in screen, up from the 3.5in screen on the iPhone 4S, a two-tone design that uses an aluminium back panel rather than glass, a smaller dock port replacing the traditional iPhone dock connector, a bottom mounted headphone jack, and redesigned speaker grills.

The next generation iPhone is also widely expected to come with LTE 4G connectivity. However, it remains to be seen whether the phone will support the 1800MHz LTE network bands used by Telstra and Optus in Australia.

A 4G capable iPhone that works in Australia would come at a time when Australia's two largest telcos are significantly ramping up their 4G offerings. Optus yesterday launched its 4G network in Sydney, Perth and Newcastle with 4G services in Melbourne starting from September 15.

Last week, Telstra announced that it is currently expanding its 4G mobile network coverage, promising to cover 66 per cent of the Australian population by mid-2013.

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