Apple sets press event for Sept. 12: Is this the iPhone you’ve been waiting for?

Apple today sent out invitations to a special press event on September 12, launching a new wave of speculation that this will be the day that the company shows off its next-generation iPhone.

The invite gives a little clue as to what might be occurring, with the shadow of the number 12 showing the number 5, strongly hinting that this will be the day that the iPhone 5 is unveiled. (Actually, as The Verge notes, this would actually be the sixth version of the device).

What can we expect in this new version of the device? Well, we chatted about some possibilities with iPhone app developer Mike Schneider for this coming weekend’s GeekWire podcast. (Tune in here on Saturday for the full discussion).

The biggest buzz is that the device actually will be a bit taller than the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s, perhaps expanding the screen size to at least four inches, according to previous reports. This version also is expected to be compatible with LTE networks, and have more storage of at least 1 GB. (The Verge has a good rundown on all of the rumors here).

We’re eagerly awaiting the event, and we’ll have more posts on GeekWire as news unfolds on September 12th. The press event is set for 10 a.m. in San Francisco.