A Hardware Free WWDC – No iPhone Until Fall/Early 2011?

Apple recently announced the dates — Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 10 — for its World Wide Developer Conference earlier today and already rumors the iPhone 5 will not be announced this summer is making rounds. This may be the first hardware-less WWDC as Apple opts to focus on Software.

Rumors sprang up over the weekend of Apple pushing back the release of iOS 5 to Fall as it focuses on development on the mobile OS and OS X Lion. A refresh of iOS has always coincided with a new iPhone at previous WWDCs but rumors are saying otherwise. While iOS 5 may come in Fall alongside an iPod refresh, the next generation iPhone 5 may not come until the end of Apple’s 2011 fiscal year as part suppliers have yet to be selected according to Japanese Blog Macotakara:

According to Chinese source, iPhone 5 will not probablly be shipped during 2011 Fourth Quarter because the parts manufacturing for iPhone 5 are not started.

Source said that If Apple plans to ship iPhone 5, parts manufacturing should has been started already but not seem started.

The shipping date of “iPhone 5” may be set on 2012 First half because Apple seems to be focused on acquiring new customers with shipping CDMA to several country and not pushed to release new products from market.

Further indicators this year’s WWDC will be an a Software only event is speculation and comments from multiple analysts who agree a September launch of the iPhone 5 is likely. The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple and AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski both think Apple breaking its yearly upgrade cycle is a smart move.

Tanner Godarzi
Tanner is tech-savvy with an eye for great content who is pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Web Design and Interactive Media from the Art Institute of California—Orange County. Tanner has been a freelance Blogger and Social Media consultant for over 4 years and contributed content for O'Reilly's "Big Book Of Apple Hacks." Tanner has blogged for industry notables such as Hadley Stern for Apple Matters, C.K. for Obsessable and gave insight about Social Media for The Blog Herald. Tanner resides in Huntington Beach and is a cycling enthusiast.

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  1. I think this is a smart decision by Apple. Usually at WWDC, the iPhone takes the press away from some really meaningful updates to major product lines. Small and important updates are over looked because of the new iPhone hardware. Now that the press won’t be so worried about the new iPhone, they might actually pay attention to all of the great updates that are coming. iOS 5? Mac OS X Lion? Can’t wait! Should be a good year for Apple.