Evidence is mounting that Apple will break from tradition (if 3 years can be a tradition!) by not announcing iPhone 5 at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2011) this year.
Historically WWDC has been the place Apple has announced its latest and greatest iPhone, with iPhone 5 expected to be next. Now though, it’s looking increasingly likely this year’s conference will be software-only (iOS 5 and Mac OS).
MacRumors cites Jim Dalrymple’s post on LoopInsight as proof we’re not going to see the iPhone 5 just yet, with the aforementioned Dalrymple saying the most we can hope for is a preview of a new version of iOS.
Apple closed the door this morning on any speculation that it would announce new hardware at its Worldwide Developers conference saying it would focus on iOS and Mac OS.
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.
What’s even more interesting is news from Macotakara, amongst others, that the iPhone 5 won’t actually be available this year at all, with 2012 more likely. The site has a good track record with all things Apple, and their sources say iPhone 5 will not begin its final manufacturing run until late 2011.
The recent Verizon iPhone 4 appearance and impending white iPhone 4 release mean a delayed iPhone 5 could make sense for Apple as a way of not upsetting all the buyers that made the iPhone 4 a Verizon record-breaker.
We at Touch Reviews just can’t quite get our heads around a year without a new iPhone though. Say it ain’t so Apple!