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Is Apple About to Unveil a 4G iPhone?

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Well, the date's been set.

Confirming rumors that October would be kicked off with a glimpse of a brand new toy, Apple has sent out invitations to a press event taking place on October 4.

The invitation doesn't deviate from Cupertino's history of fun, upbeat design. However, unlike the "winking" promotion prior to introducing the Beatles' catalog to iTunes, this invite leaves no question about who's the star of the show.

However, the location of the event has raised some speculation.

Last week, when word came down that the iPhone 5 conference was going to be held on October 4, TechRepublic's Jason Hiner noted that Apple's typical venue -- San Francisco's Moscone Center -- was already booked for that date by Oracle. As such, the recent invite directs guests to join them at Apple's headquarters at One Infinite Loop.

Although this could just be a question of "Well, Oracle beat us to a reservation," SlashGear's Chris Davies suspects it might be due to a wholly different matter -- one much more exciting.

Davies thinks there's chance of a 4G iPhone 5.

To him, Apple specifically holding the event on its own turf hints that it will be holding a 4G LTE demonstration with its own base-station equipment. Rather than crossing its fingers and hoping that AT&T or Verizon (or Sprint) coverage is strong enough inside the auditorium, the 4G LTE wireless equipment would be at home base and completely under its control.

Though Apple is no stranger to base station glitches at live events.

Nevertheless, a 4G iPhone would be a helluva surprise, going against the majority of predictions for the upcoming device.

And we'll find out in just one week.

(See also: Apple Denied Multi-Touch Trademark by Patent Office and Apple Slashing iPad Holiday Orders by 25%, Says Report)

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