iPhone 5 won’t be released at WWDC 2011?
We’ve become spoiled expecting a new iPhone every summer, but it looks like iPhone 5 will not be released at WWDC 2011 after all. Apple’s own WWDC press release states that the event will be a “preview of the future of iOS and Mac OS X” with no mention of hardware, but it’s the well-connected Jim Darymple who squishes the hardware talk:
Apple’s apparent focus on software in its WWDC announcement backs up what my own sources are saying about the annual conference. That is, expect a software show in 2011, not a hardware event.
Darymple then reminds us that WWDC is not intended to be a public event anyway, “It’s important to remember that this is a developer conference, not a consumer show.” This is true, but Apple has also used WWDC events in the past to unveil new iPhones, and there has been much speculation that the same would occur this year.
Further evidence that iPhone 5 may not be coming this summer comes from the Japanese Mac blog Macotakara, who cites sources in China who say that iPhone 5 has not begun manufacturing yet, and instead it may be released sometime in the fiscal 2012 quarter, which would be somewhere between October 2011 to March 2012.
While we might not see the iPhone 5 anytime soon, consumers actually will get a new iPhone this year… Apple has said the white iPhone 4 will be released in Spring of 2011.