After several rumors, speculations and image leaks, Apple has finally confirmed the release date of the next iPhone by sending out media invites for an event, which is slated to happen on September 12, 2012 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, like to the new iPad in March.
The invite says “It's almost here” and the date September 12 has a shadowed 5, indicating that it is the launch of the iPhone 5.
Earlier, several reports claimed that the sixth generation iPhone will be unveiled in October, but on July 30, a report stated that the Cupertino based company will unveil the iPhone 5 on September 12 and release it on September 21.
However, this invite for the September 12 event confirms only one among the two highly anticipated events, which the Apple is reportedly planning to host. Some reports claim that the Cupertino based company will unveil the iPad Mini – smaller version of the tablet in a separate event alongside the new iPod nano in October, which is not yet to be confirmed by the company.
Being the next version of the iPhone 4S, the new model will have some key changes like larger display and compatibility with 4G LTE networks.
Here is a concept video of the next iPhone.
When it comes to the rumored specifications of the iPhone 5, two of them are consistent since the beginning – the presence of a larger screen and a smaller dock connector. Numerous image and component leaks over the past few months hint at the presence of a larger 4 inch screen and smaller 9 pin connector, thereby confirming these rumors.
Coming to the other rumored specs of the next iPhone, it is expected to run on iOS 6 and have improved Siri, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera for video calling, 1GB RAM, liquidmetal casing and an improved battery.
In the meantime, a mockup of iPhone 5 has been revealed at the IFA 2012 expo in Berlin by a German website, GSMIsrael. The mockup looks taller than the existing iPhones (going well with the rumors), having a headphone jack at the bottom and a two-toned back casing.