iPhone announcement expected


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Updated: 9/12/2012 10:06 am Published: 9/12/2012 10:04 am


NEW YORK (AP) - The iPhone is coming!!!

After weeks of speculation, anticipation and a dose of hype, Apple is holding an event Wednesday during which it's widely expected to announce a new smartphone.

Apple isn't saying anything about the topic of the event, but the email invitation it sent to reporters contains a shadow in the shape of a "5'' - a nod to the iPhone 5. It is being held at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, where Apple has held many product launches.

The new model is expected to work with fourth-generation, or 4G, cellular networks. That capability is something Samsung's Galaxy S III and many other iPhone rivals already have. A bigger iPhone screen is also possible. The new model will likely go on sale in a week or two.

Apple Inc. also plans to update its phone software this fall and will ditch Google Inc.'s mapping service for its own, as a rivalry between the two companies intensifies.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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