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Apple has begun kitting out the Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco, ahead of what is expected to be one of its biggest launches of the year.

The event is expected to see the announcement of the iPhone 5, and while the invitations sent out last week as good as confirm a new iPhone and its name, little else is known about the device. And in the absence of facts, there’s plenty of room for speculation. The latest surrounds the design Apple has used used for the decoration on the facade of the Yerba Buena. To you and me, it looks like a vertical striped, multi-coloured array, behind a white Apple logo.

To those who have spent more time gazing at it than is probably healthy, however, it’s more than that, according to MacRumors.

One eagle eyed MacRumors forum visitor believes the facade show stretched iOS icons. Zaym points out that you can see stretched versions of iOS icons including Game Center, iTunes, Music and App Store in the image and provides an example image.

After taking the image and skewing it and shrinking it, we’ve verified his findings. Several icons are clearly recognizable in their un-stretched form.

And what’s the significance of this icon stretching? ‘Of course, speculation on the reason for the stretched icons points to the long-running rumors that Apple will be introducing a taller iPhone with a 4″ diagonal screen,’ says MacRumors.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that ‘Apple Inc.’s next iPhone will work on the fastest wireless networks around the world—including in the U.S., Europe and Asia—though it is unlikely to be available on every carrier.’

There is of course, no LTE 4G service in the UK. Everything Everywhere, however, has been given the go ahead by Ofcom to launch a 4G service using bandwidth previously used for 2G services, starting tomorrow. It’s called a press conference for that very day and is expected to announce some form of 4G network. Will it be iPhone 5 compatible? Unlikely, thinks the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones, who says that the fact that Everything Everywhere will announce its new service the day before the iPhone 5 launch ‘suggests either that the network does not have a deal to sell the new iPhone, or that the device will not be compatible with its particular brand of 4G. One imagines that EE’s executives were desperate to offer Apple just about any deal, in order to be the only operator offering a 4G iPhone in the UK, but it now seems unlikely that will happen.’

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