By Kayla Amora, EnStarz | Sep 04, 2012 08:42 PM EDT
The iPhone 5 release date is soon approaching and Apple has reportedly confirmed its unveiling of the highly anticipated smartphone on September 12, 2012 via a special inviation. According to rumors, a conference is expected to be held to announce the iPhone 5 release date.
The invitation is simple and white in typical Apple form. It has minimal writing but says just enough to have iPhone 5 fans generating great buzz and excitement. While the invitation does not even mention the iPhone 5 release date, it has a large number 12 on the face - which corresponds to the date of the event - and this huge number casts a shadow, which is of the number 5 - clearly indicating the iPhone 5 will be made public on that date.
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The iPhone 5 is probably the most highly anticipated smartphone to ever be released. For more than a year now Apple fans have touted its release. Many were left slightly disappointed last year by the release of the iPhone 4S instead of the 5, and that unveiling was a revamped iPhone 4 rather than a radical upgrade - which the iPhone 5 promises.
The invitation also builds anticipation to boiling point with the words: "It's almost here."
The event will take place at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which is where the company has given presentations and made unveilings in the past.
Rumors of the iPhone 5 release date come as the Apple/Samsung controversy heats up.
Reports suggest that tech rival, Samsung, plans to file a lawsuit against Apple if the iPhone 5 release date reveals that the device uses LTE technology.
"Samsung wants to use this new feature against Apple and is preparing another patent case against the iPhone 5," Examiner reports. While Nokia holds the highest share for LTE patents with 18.9%, Samsung holds 12.2%.
The rivalry with Apple has grown more intense since the iPhone 5 makers won a lawsuit against the Korean company recently.
"Samsung is understandably mad," regarding the "legal beat down" which was issued in a court ruling last week, Cult of Mac reports. They continued saying: "and probably a little embarrassed and majorly vindictive."
The publication continued to report that Samsung "declared that if Apple even thinks about releasing an iPhone 5 with LTE they will sue them immediately."
iPhone 5 release date rumors progress as Samsung also promises to fight against the ban Apple has placed on their products in the US.
According to a report by PC World, the Korean company vowed on Tuesday to "take all necessary measures" to maintain retail in the US.
On August 27, Apple issued a request at the US District Court for Northern California to ban eight of Samsung's products from being sold in the US. Samsung, however, will have the option of appealing any injunction or filing a motion to stop it. According to Examiner, the eight products include the S 4G, S2 AT&T, S2 Skyrocket, S2 T-Mobile, S2 Epic 4G and the Galaxy Prevail. The latest Samsung Galaxy S III is not part of the eight products.
On August 24, a court ruling declared that 28 of Samsung's products had trespassed against Apple's patent. $1.05 billion was given to Apple from Samsung for damages. While Apple may try to ban all Samsung products in the US, the Korean company is not taking the lawsuit lightly. Samsung intends on appealing the decision made on Friday.
Apple remains as the center of attention as the iPhone 5 is rumored to be announced during an Apple conference on September 12 and put on sell on September 21.
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