Invitations go out for Apple’s September 10 iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C event

The wait is almost over. Apple on Tuesday sent invitations to the media for a press conference in Cupertino on September 10. At the event, Apple is expected to end months upon months of leaks, rumors and speculation by finally unveiling the flagship iPhone 5S and the brand new iPhone 5C.

Apple’s new iPhone 5S is expected to look a lot like the current iPhone 5, but it is said to feature a faster processor, an upgraded camera with a dual-LED flash and a major internal overhaul that will likely make room for a fingerprint scanner. It will also seemingly be available in two new colors: champagne gold and a new lighter gray color.

Also expected to debut next Tuesday is the mid-range iPhone 5C, which won’t feature cutting-edge specs but it should sport a price tag somewhere near $400 and a plastic case that comes at least five different colors. Apple is expected to offer the 5C for free on contract in many markets, and it will also help the company make inroads in developing markets where its flagship iPhones have been a bit to pricey to compete with bargain-bin Android phones and Nokia’s Asha lineup.

Apple will be announcing iOS 7 launch timing as well during its press conference in Cupertino next week, and we might also see one or two surprises.