Apple invite sparks iPhone6 rumours
Apple has confirmed a 'special event' on September 9, widely believed to be the launch date of the much-anticipated iPhone 6.
The company sent an invite to press inviting them to an exclusive event in Cupertino, California, where Apple is headquartered.
Held at the Flint Centre for the Performing Arts at De Anza, the event will take place around 6pm GMT. Steve Jobs unveiled the original Mac at the same venue 30 years ago.
The email invitation featured an image of the Apple logo, complete with the legend 'wish we could say more'.
The event is expected to launch the next flagship iPhone, anticipated to be known as the iPhone 6.
The new handset is expected to feature a larger display than previous incarnations, at 4.7-inches compared to the current 5s' 4-inch display. A second 5.5-inch version has also been rumoured, though the smaller model is predicted to debut first due to alleged difficulties in the production of a larger phone.
If launched on September 9, the iPhone 6 will mark the company's ninth generation of the smartphone. Like its flagship predecessor the 5s, the new model is expected to come in silver, gold and space grey, following the publication of pictures believed to be of the new model's SIM card trays.
It's possible the next iPhone's display will be made of sapphire glass - a synthetically grown crystal currently used in the 5s’ home button and camera lens cover. Apple recently opened several sapphire glass plants in partnership with GT Advanced Technologies, fuelling speculation they're planning to use the material in larger quantities for future products. However, analysis of the iPhone 6 supply chain found no demands for smartphone cover glass, according to TrendForce's LEDinside analysts.
It will be the first Apple device to ship with latest operating system iOS 8, which was announced at the tech giant's developers' conference WWDC back in June.
Reports earlier this week speculate that the next iPhone could be launched alongside a smartwatch, dubbed the iWatch by fans, which would be the company's first new product line since the introduction of the iPad in 2010.
While Apple has never formally commented on the development of a wearable, chief executive Tim Cook told investors during a conference call in April they felt "comfortable in expanding the number of things we're working on".
So we've been doing that in the background and we're not ready yet to pull the string on the curtain," he said. "But we've got some great things there. We're working on them. Very, very proud of and very, very excited about."