Apple sends invites for September event: iPhone 5S on deck, what we know so far

Finally. Apple is ready to talk. But exactly what will be announced remains to be seen, amid rumors the company could be prepping two new iPhones: one premium, and one low-budget.
Written by Zack Whittaker, Contributor
Image: Apple via CNET

Apple is finally ready to talk about, what we are guessing is its latest and greatest smartphone. 

Just hours after Microsoft stole the spotlight with the news it would acquire Nokia's phone making business, Apple took the limelight for itself. The next Apple smartphone, dubbed the iPhone 5S, is expected to be announced at an event at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California on September 10.

The technology giant sent sister site CNET an invitation this morning, reading: "This should brighten everyone's day." The "bubble" graphics indicate the event will also focus on iOS 7, the next-generation mobile platform, which will launch with the next smartphone.

What's on the cards? It's clear as day that the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant will launch the latest iteration of its popular premium smartphone. But it's unclear if Apple will also launch something entirely new — a low-cost budget iPhone designed for the emerging markets, dubbed the iPhone 5C, as rumors suggest.

We are not, however, expecting a new iPad to make an appearance at the September event. Following an adjusted release cycle last year, Apple will likely hold a separate event in November, just ahead of the lucrative December holiday season.

CNET will be there live with all the live coverage and the breaking news, while ZDNet will have instant analysis as it happens and to follow.

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