Apple may delay both the iPhone 5 and iOS 5 until later in 2011, according to reports. That would shake up Apple's usual iPhone and iOS release schedule.
delay the release of the next iPhone, according to online rumors, but
developers and media could nonetheless have their first glimpse of the next iOS
at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, set for June 6-10 in San
year's conference, we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS," Philip
Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, wrote
in a March 28
posted on Apple's corporate Website. "If you are an iOS or Mac OS
X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss."
, a Japanese
blog devoted to everything Mac, itself citing "sources in China," the iPhone 5
won't make its debut until the fourth quarter of 2011. While a Google
Translation of the Website
is somewhat difficult to read, grammatically, other online sources
seem in agreement
that Apple hasn't yet geared up the necessary
parts-ordering for the next iPhone, which in turn suggests a delay until later
in the year.
also seem in agreement that Apple won't debut any hardware at WWDC. "Apple's
apparent focus on software in its WWDC announcement backs up what my own
sources are saying about the annual conference," The Loop's Jim Dalrymple wrote
in a March
. "That is, expect a software show in 2011, not a hardware
rumors have circulated about what Apple intends to do with the massive server
facility it spent most of 2010 building in North Carolina. The possibility
exists that the company could leverage its newfound cloud capacity in the next
version of iOS, offering services such as online storage for music and other
sources suggested to TechCrunch that iOS 5, the next iteration, could be
delayed until fall. Combined with a later iPhone 5 launch, this would
significantly alter Apple's usual habit of previewing and releasing new
smartphone hardware and software in the spring-to-summer timeframe.
"The new iOS
will be heavily built around the cloud, and we could see several new services
launch from Apple that take advantage of this," read TechCrunch's
March 26 report
. "But much of the cloud stuff will be talked about first at
WWDC, Apple's developer event which will take place in
Apple continues to tweak its iOS 4, including an iOS 4.3.1 update with a
handful of security and maintenance updates. The mobile operating system
represents the bedrock of Apple's burgeoning mobile franchise, which includes
the bestselling iPad in addition to the iPhone and the iPod.