There you have it, folks. Just hours ago I published a preview of events that tech investors should watch this month, saying that Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) was yet to officially confirm the Sept. 12 that's been circling the rumor mills. Almost immediately, the iPhone maker did exactly that.

Apple has now sent out its official press invites to the media for its special iPhone event confirming the date. The event is to be held in downtown San Francisco at one of Apple's favorite venues. It carries a relatively generic tagline of "It's almost here."

Source: The Loop.

With the shadow of a "5" clearly visible, the invite strongly implies that Apple will indeed call the device the iPhone 5, even though technically this is the sixth-generation model. Although if the company had gone with "iPhone 6," it would have been subtly calling out its unofficial adoption of Intel's (Nasdaq: INTC) famous tick-tock model, releasing major product cycle upgrades every two years.



Release Year

1 iPhone 2007
2 iPhone 3G 2008
3 iPhone 3GS 2009
4 iPhone 4 2010
5 iPhone 4S 2011
6 iPhone 5 2012

It's also interesting when you consider that with the third-generation iPad, Apple decided not to officially call it the iPad 3 as the media had taken to, instead just referring to it as the "new iPad," in a move that I had figured was a transition toward a longer-term branding strategy. It still seems inevitable that Apple will one day need to drop the number nomenclature, since it'll just get silly eventually. iPhone 14? iPhone 22?

The new model is expected to feature a taller 4-inch display, be capable of 4G LTE data speeds, use a unibody construction, and switch to a smaller dock connector. It's also expected to be one of the biggest consumer-electronics upgrade cycles in the "history of man," according to some analysts.

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