Apple today officially announced a special invitation-only media event to be conducted at company headquarters in Cupertino, CA on Tuesday, October 4 at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern:

Most rumors expect a next-gen iPhone, along with the public release of iOS 5.

The next-gen iPhone is rumored to sport an 8-megapixel camera, an Apple A5 processor, 1GB RAM, dual mode GSM/CDMA “world phone” capability, and availability on the Sprint network in the US. Voice control technology is also rumored, based on Apple’s acquisition of Siri and use of Nuance technology.

Some analysts believe Apple will also update iPod touch this year, perhaps introducing a version with a 3G data connection. Such an announcement may come separately or maybe as “One more thing…”

The invitation:

Apple special media event, Let's Talk iPhone, October 4, 2011