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Apple makes it official, sends out media invite for Sept. 12

After weeks of rumors, Apple has officially sent out media invitations for an event -- widely expected to be the launch of the iPhone 5 -- in San Francisco on Sept. 12.

“It’s almost here,” the invite said, with a huge “12" underneath.

Although the invite didn’t say specifically what would be announced, the shadow under the “12" was of a large “5.”

Apple will hold the event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in the city starting at 10 a.m., and we’ll be there to give you all the details.

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It’s expected that the sixth-generation iPhone will be available for pre-order almost immediately after the event, with the device to hit store shelves by the end of the month.

Based on recent checks with Apple’s Asian suppliers and images purportedly showing the revamped smartphone, technology analysts say they expect a handset with a larger screen, high-speed 4G LTE connectivity, a better camera, faster processors and a smaller dock connector.

The Cupertino, Calif., tech company might also debut a mini iPad, though many analysts expect Apple will wait until October for that announcement.

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