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New iPhone 5 press conference confirmed as September 12

iPhone 5 press conference confirmed as September 12
September 12 - put it in your diary, folks

It's the day every Apple fan-boy has been waiting for (since the new iPad that is): the official invite to the new iPhone launch event on September 12 has finally gone out.

And what's that in the shadow of the calendar date? It's only a big old 5 - does this mean that the iPhone 5 will officially be called the iPhone 5?

After months and months or rumours, speculation and leaked parts, we will learn what the Cupertinio-based firm has up its sleeve for the sixth incarnation of its popular iPhone series next week.

Commonly referred to as the iPhone 5 on the web, until this invite, our money was on the moniker "new iPhone" to coincide with the recent change of tack with the iPad, which follows on from the MacBook and iMac ranges.

So what's new?

Obviously Apple is keeping as tight lipped as ever over the new iPhone; however thanks to the sheer volume on internet chatter and specification leaks, we're pretty sure that the sixth iPhone will sport a design first for the firm, a bigger screen.

Numerous rumours suggest the iPhone 5 will sport a 4-inch display - up from the 3.5-inch screen on its predecessors - offering a movie friendly, 16:9 aspect ratio, along with a beefier, possibly quad-core processor, improved cameras, smaller dock connector, NFC technology and a new, slender frame featuring both glass and metal accents.

John McCann

John joined TechRadar a decade ago as Staff Writer for Phones, and over the years has built up a vast knowledge of the tech industry. He's interviewed CEOs of some of the world's biggest tech firms, visited their HQs and has appeared on live TV and radio, including Sky News, BBC News, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, LBC and BBC Radio 4. Originally specializing in phones, tablets and wearables, John is now TechRadar's resident automotive expert, reviewing the latest and greatest EVs and PHEVs on the market. John also looks after the day-to-day running of the site.