Apple sets Sept 9 iPhone event

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iol scitech dec 5 apple logo AFP Apple is expected to announce the new version of the iPhone this month.

New York - Apple has scheduled a September 9 event to unveil its long-anticipated large-screen iPhone, the online news site Re/code reported on Tuesday.

While reports have been swirling in recent weeks about the new handsets, this was the first with a precise date.

Apple did not immediately comment.

Re/Code said the event would be to announce Apple's next-generation iPhones, with screen sizes stretched to 4.7 and 5.5 inches and with a faster processor.

Apple sold some 35 million iPhone in the past quarter, lifted by growth in China, but its share of the smartphone market has been shrinking globally.

The research firm Strategy Analytics said the rival Android operating system captured 85 percent of the worldwide market in the second quarter, and is threatening to marginalize rival platforms.

Apple's global market share fell to 11.9 percent from 13.4 percent a year ago, according to that survey. - Sapa-AFP

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