Apple last night confirmed its intention to host a special event at the Moscone West exhibition centre in San Francisco next week.

As widely predicted the special event will take place at on 5 September at 10am local time (6pm UK time).

The invitation which is being sent to media outlets depicts a silhouetted figure holding an iPod against a backlit sky, reminiscent of Apple’s recent iPod ads.

The image is situated within a CoverFlow-like montage, which shows album cover art.

Apple hasn't confirmed the subject of what it will discuss at the event, but current speculation favours the introduction of new iPod models - and the invitation seems to bear this out.

Apple UK is holding its own press event in tandem with this one.