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Apple confirms special event on September 9

Aug. 29: 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 yesterday 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 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.

 
 
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