Apple has set up a big media event for Sept. 12, sending out invitations to what is widely expected to be the rollout of the new iPhone 5. The event will take place at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, reports Reuters.
“The typically cryptic invitation said ‘It’s almost here,’ sported a number 12 — corresponding to the date of the event — and cast a large shadow of the number 5, a clue that the fifth version of the popular smartphone could be in the pipeline,” the story reports.
The iPhone has become Apple’s most important product, generating more than half of Apple’s revenue, the report notes. The device revolutionized the mobile industry after its debut in 2007.
The new version is expected to include a larger and higher-end screen — 4 inches, up from the current 3.5 inches, according to one source.
“Some analysts say the larger screen may be a response to rival Samsung Electronics, whose larger Google Android phones have helped it become the world’s biggest smartphone maker,” the report notes.
Speculation about what’s coming from Apple has also focused on a possible smaller version of the iPad, but the runup to the Sept. 12 event hasn’t included any indications that it may be imminent.