Apple announced yesterday that it was gong to be holding its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this June, but it is has been widely reported that unlike previous years, no new hardware will be unveiled at the event – and that means no new iPhone.
For the past four years Apple has unveiled the latest version of its iPhone during June or July and for the last three years this has been done at WWDC. However the press release issued by Apple this year says this year’s event in San Francisco will “unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS.” While this alone would not indicate a complete absence of hardware, especially considering Apple’s penchant for keeping things under wraps, a large number of reports from respected Apple commentators have indicated that no new hardware will be unveiled.
The Loop and All Things D have both said that the five day event will be a software-only zone and will give pride of place to the new release of Mac OS X Lion. “At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS”, said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”
The reason for the delayed launch of the iPhone 5 could be down to its release of a new version of the iPhone 4 on the Verizon network in the US earlier this year. By delaying the launch until September or October, it will give Apple a chance to build up the number of CDMA customers it has. So it looks as if Apple fans will have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on the iPhone 5 but hopefully that will give the engineers over at Cupertino a chance to fix that annoying alarm clock glitch that’s been bugging people.