And we have a confirmed date: Apple has just sent out invites to an iPhone event for Wednesday, Sept. 12.
The invitation says, "It's almost here," and shows the number 12, whose shadow forms the number 5. This, of course, refers to the rumored iPhone 5.
Apple has been silent on the next version of its popular phone, which many continue to call the iPhone 5, but the rumors have been loud. The phone is rumored to have a larger, 4-inch display, faster processor, a new dock connector, and a new design. The phone is likely to be released a week and a half after the event, on Sept. 21. You can check out our complete guide to the rumors right here:
About a year ago, Tim Cook introduced the iPhone 4S and iOS 5.0. The new iPhone will run iOS 6, which Apple demonstrated at its WWDC conference in June. The new operating system has Facebook integration; a whole new maps app built by Apple; and a Passbook app, which consolidates all your passes, tickets, and coupons into one app portal.
According to ABC News' sources and other industry reports, Apple is planning to hold a separate event in October to introduce a smaller iPad or iPad Mini. Amazon is expected to introduce a new 7-inch Kindle Fire next week at an event in Los Angeles.
ABC News will be at the event in San Francisco, which will be held at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts and starts at 10:00 a.m. PT. Stay tuned for all our coverage live from the ground.