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Apple Could Delay iPhone 5 Announcement

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Apple Could Delay iPhone 5 Announcement

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.

Source: Apple

colin

March 29, 2011, 4:27 pm

maybe they are trying too find out who has got the only working prototype of iphone 5 a la iphone 4 last year have you checked with your mates at Gizmodo???

BOFH UK

March 29, 2011, 4:30 pm

Oh dear... come on TR, I know you want the clicks but that headline is blatantly misleading. Apple haven't said they're delaying the iPhone 5 in any way. It's currently being speculated that this is the case but there's nothing official from Apple yet.

Gk.pm

March 29, 2011, 5:11 pm

Great to see TrustedReviews joining up the speculation, I take it you are planning to change your name to RumourReviews soon?

In any case I would actually be happy not have iPhone announcements at WWDC, it makes no sense given that iOS is now so widely used outside of their phone product and they have the upcoming update to OSX to talk about too.

A Scotland

March 29, 2011, 5:25 pm

Agree with BOFH UK. The headline should at least end with a question mark.

David Gilbert

March 29, 2011, 8:08 pm

@BOFH UK @GK.pm @A Scotland The headline has been changed as it did indeed look as if Apple had officially confirmed something which as we all know, they never really do. As regards reporting on rumours, the basis of this story was an official press release regarding WWDC and the widespread reports that the iPhone 5 was going to be delayed. While it is speculation, if we didn't speculate about Apple from time to time, this site would have very little about Apple and while that may sound like a dream to some people, most people are at least interested in what is happening in Cupertino.

WyWyWyWy

March 29, 2011, 8:13 pm

iPhone isn't the only hardware device they sell.

My guess is that there will be a Mac Mini + iMac + Macbook classic + Macbook Air refresh at WWDC. Maybe even an iPod refresh too?

Retset

March 29, 2011, 9:23 pm

Pity as I was planning an iPhone 5 to replace my 3GS this summer when the contract is up. Looks like I will just have to hold onto the 3GS a bit longer - no big hardship!

Chris Hamer

March 29, 2011, 10:17 pm

Hope this is not insensitive or anything but there might be a delay due to the Japan earthquake and they are having trouble getting parts, this is quite understandable.
Chris

Kempez

March 29, 2011, 11:32 pm

As a happy iPhone 4 owner, this is good news, if true.

I would be more than happy to hold on to the IP4 for a bit longer, as long as the update is a major hardware refresh and a OS upgrade. I'm really hoping Apple have been concentrating on revamping iOS. I personally think it needs a decent upgrade, especially in the looks department, along with some functionality enhancements.

Greg17b

March 30, 2011, 12:15 am

Speaking of iOS - the latest update today for me is 666 MB - come on Apple - this isn't an update - it is a complete reinstall!

Ihsan

March 30, 2011, 5:29 am

I don't think Apple have much to lose in delaying an iPhone 5 release. Their current version is still very much at the top of the heap and can't really see that compelling a reason to make existing users want to trade up. They are doing the exact right thing in putting the spotlight back on the software.

If TR would like to get into the rumours & speculation business, how bout a piece on what iOS 5 will bring? The prospect of that to me is far more interesting than a spec bump & minor redesign..

Oh and if you're going to talk about delays, how bout reporting on something that actually is 'official'. How bout reporting on Google pushing back Android honeycomb's source code release. This to me seems like something that should be given far more attention and scrutiny than it's currently getting..

Grimboyd

March 30, 2011, 1:21 pm

Could be that Apple want a space between the white iPhone 4 and the release of the iPhone 5 black/white

A Scotland

March 30, 2011, 6:13 pm

@David Gilbert - Just to be clear I am all for speculation - I was just being a pedant over the headline.

Pendejo Sin Nombre

March 30, 2011, 7:37 pm

It's quite telling that the WWDC sold out in something like twelve hours yet there's not a mention of it on here but a possible shifting of a release date, perhaps to align it with late summer like the iPods and the 'back to school' stuff, is characterised as a delay.

Hands up anyone here who knows for sure that a new iPhone, the putative iPhone 5, was originally planned to be released earlier than it subsequently will be?

BobaFett

March 30, 2011, 8:45 pm

@smorgie: My thoughts exactly! Imagine having just got your hands on the farcically delayed white iPhone 4, only to find out that it's about to be superceded. Granted, the probability of a white iPhone 5 shipping at the same time as the black one are going to be slim.

Sleeper

March 30, 2011, 10:48 pm

I'm using a 3GS at the moment. No plans to upgrade because it's a bit boring to be honest.

lensmann

March 31, 2011, 10:13 am

@Greg: 666?? It's the mark of the beast! Quick, shoot your iPhone before it takes over the world.

AJ

March 31, 2011, 1:59 pm

Gutting......

Today is offically a write-off and I shall now go home to cry !

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