Speculation about the next iPhone -- presumably called the iPhone 5S -- have been mounting over the last few months, and now, a launch date may be at hand.
According to technology website All Things D, Apple will hold a special event September 10 to announce the next version of the iPhone and more details about iOS 7, the next version of the iPhone and iPad operating system.
When reached by ABC News, Apple declined to comment on the report. However, the date would fall into Apple's usual iPhone launch schedule -- it was close to a year ago on Sept. 12, 2012 that the company released the iPhone 5. Apple has typically announced its new hardware products on a Tuesday or Wednesday and then begun delivery and selling them in stores a week and a half after on a Friday.
The next iPhone is expected to have a similar design to the current iPhone 5, but add a fingerprint reader for added security, faster internal organs and an improved camera. Apple has also been rumored to be working on a more affordable version of the iPhone, named the iPhone 5C. The "C" is said to stand for "colors" as reports indicate that the plastic version of the phone will come in a selection of colors.
While Apple has not commented on the forthcoming iPhones, it has shown off the software that will run on them. In June, Apple previewed its iOS 7 software, which has a radically different design and some new features, including new Siri voices and a control center with easy access to settings menus.
For those who already own an iPhone and are not planning to upgrade to the forthcoming iPhone model, iOS 7 will be available for as a free software update for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (fifth generation).
Apple has been facing mounting pressure from investors and consumers to release products at a faster rate. During Apple's third-quarter earnings call, company CEO Tim Cook said that the company was working on many new "amazing products" that would be introduced "in the fall and across 2014."
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