Apple officially announces September 12 iPhone 5 event

Apple announces September 12 iPhone 5 press conference Full Coverage From Apple's 9/12 iPhone 5 Launch Event

The rumor was true: Apple sent out invitations today to a press event that will take place on September 12. As usual, the event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Festivities will begin at 10am PT.

Apple is expected to debut the sixth-generation iPhone, commonly referred to as the “iPhone 5,” at the Sept. 12 event, which was first reported by iMore on July 30. The new iPhone will reportedly go on shelves on September 21, nine days after the event. That rumor is based on the fact that Verizon Wireless retail sales staff are forbidden from taking vacation from Sept. 21 through Sept. 30.

While the text of the invitation provides little hint as to what Apple will announce next week, a closer look shows a clear “5” in the shadow of the “12,” a blatant indication that the so-called iPhone 5 will be announced at the event — and, much to our surprise, a hint that it might indeed be called “iPhone 5.”

The new iPhone — whatever it may be called — will reportedly sport a larger, 4-inch touchscreen, and a new 8-pin dock connector. Leaked photos and video show that the speaker and microphone grills have also been updated, and the headphone jack has been moved to the bottom of the device. Whether the leaked iPhone 5 and the real iPhone 5 are one in the same, well, we’ll just have to wait until next week to find out.

Apple is also expected to hold a second event in October during which it will reveal the long-rumored iPad Mini, a smaller version of the world’s most popular tablet that has a 7.85-inch screen, as opposed to the 9.7-inch screen of the first three generations of iPads.

Update: In case any of you are having trouble seeing the “5” in Apple’s announcement, we’ve created a version with the colors flipped. Not much ambiguity in that, now is there?

Apple iPhone 5 event September 12 black version