After months of relentless speculation and countless leaks, the iPhone 5's release date is finally official. As The Verge reports, Apple has been sending folks invites to an event scheduled for September 12 at 10 AM PDT. The venue for that event is none other than San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where Apple has unveiled a number of its past products—including the original iPad.
Anyone could guess we're going to see the iPhone 5 debut there, but Apple's invites make it all too obvious. They feature the text "it's almost here" above a giant "12" with a shadow stretching out toward the viewer. The shadow of the "12" is actually a giant "5." Subtle, but hardly ambiguous.
Assuming all the leaks haven't been clever subterfuge, the iPhone 5 is going to be taller but no wider than the existing models, with a larger screen and an aluminum back. Leaked photos suggest the device will also feature a redesigned (but still proprietary) dock connector.
According to The Verge, Apple will hold off on showing its hotly anticipated iPad Mini at the event. Instead, that device is expected to premiere at a separate event in October. We saw Bloomberg News lend weight to that particular prediction last month, and we've seen enough leaked images and mockups to believe the smaller iPad is indeed on the way.