The iPhone 5 is Apple's sixth version of its smartphone. (Reuters)

Apple Expected To Launch iPhone 5 On Sept 12

The tech giant has hinted that it will launch its latest phone at an event on September 12 in San Francisco.

The wait for Apple’s much-anticipated iPhone 5 could soon be over. Apple sent out invitations to an event on September 12 in San Francisco, where it is believed that the company will finally unveil its latest smartphone.

Although Apple did not formally announce the launch, the invitation included a shadow of the number 5, leading to media speculation that it is a cryptic hint about the iPhone 5.

According to reports, Apple’s new phone is expected to have a display larger than its current 3.5 inch screen, which has been the kept constant since the first iPhone debuted in 2007.

Leaked photos and rumours of the iPhone 5 also indicate that it is thinner than the iPhone 4S, has a smaller 18-pin dock connector and a slightly increased battery capacity.

The venue for the September 12 event is San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where Apple has launched many products in the past such as the iPod and the iPad.