Apple will not launch the iPhone 5 in June, say online sources attempting to push back at the latest spate of rumors suggesting that very thing.
5 will likely not launch in June.
posting on a Korean Website, ERNews.co.kr
, sparked a brief flurry of rumor mongering
when it reported that Apple's next smartphone would launch in the fourth week
of June. "Apple has confirmed that iPhone 5 will be released as planned and it
will be released simultaneously in Korea through SK Telecom and KT," read the
of that news spreading around the Web-fueled in large part by its posting on
Apple-centric blog MacRumors
-a number of Apple watchers moved to
shoot it down.
said today that rumors of an iPhone 5 release at the end of June were
completely false," The Loop's Jim Dalrymple wrote in an April 5 posting
. "Doesn't it seem strange to
anyone else that Apple would confirm the release of the iPhone 5 in Korea before
confirming it in the U.S.?"
Fireball's John Gruber fired off a broadside of his own
: "What kind of sense would
it make for Apple to release or announce a new iPhone in June and not do it at
WWDC? Do people even think before they publish stuff like this?"
suggested in March that Apple will delay the iPhone 5 past the usual summer
release date for its smartphones, to later in 2011.
apparent focus on software in its [Worldwide Developers Conference]
announcement backs up what my own sources are saying about the annual
conference," he wrote in a March 28 posting. "That is, expect a software show
in 2011, not a hardware event."
To top that
off, other sources suggested to TechCrunch that the actual release of iOS 5,
the next iteration of Apple's mobile software, could also be delayed until
fall. Combined with an iPhone 5 launch in that period, this would significantly
alter Apple's usual habit of previewing and releasing both smartphone hardware
and software in the spring-to-summer time frame.
"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 WWD, Apple's developer event which takes place in
suggest the iPhone 5 will feature higher-resolution cameras (possibly built by Sony
), Apple's A5 proprietary
processor, hardware upgraded to enable 3G FaceTime video conferencing, and NFC
(near-field communication) technology that would enable the smartphone to act
as an electronic wallet. All those features would allow Apple to compete more
heartily against the growing family of Google Android devices, some of which
boast increasingly powerful hardware.