∞ No iPhone, iPad or Mac hardware coming at WWDC

Apple closed the door this morning on any speculation that it would announce new hardware at its Worldwide Developers conference saying it would focus on iOS and Mac OS.

[ad#Google Adsense 300x250 in story]Apple’s apparent focus on software in its WWDC announcement backs up what my own sources are saying about the annual conference. That is, expect a software show in 2011, not a hardware event.

Apple said that Mac OS Lion would ship in the summer of 2011 and all indications are that they are still on track to deliver the operating system during that time. WWDC will probably be about the time the company is getting into the final stages of development, before hitting the GM stage.

At past WWDCs, Apple might show off a new piece of hardware, but Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg warns about getting too caught up in the past.

“You get caught up in patterns, and it holds true, until it doesn’t,” Gartenberg told The Loop. “There is no reason for Apple to follow a predictable yearly pattern, and it keeps their competition off guard a little bit.”

It’s important to remember that this is a developer conference, not a consumer show. Apple will host developers from around the world to show them what’s new in their mobile and Mac operating systems.



  • http://indtechie.com Sidharth Dassani

    Does Apple tell 3 months in advance that they are going to launch new hardware ? I am pretty sure there will be iPhone 5 launch at WWDC

    • http://www.loopinsight.com Jim Dalrymple

      No there won’t.

      • Beaugilley

        There is a hidden 9.6. on the apple logo in the invitation. September 6 iPhone 5 and iPad 2.5/3 launch?

        • http://twitter.com/BobThailand Bob James

          And if you spin it backwards, it says “Steve Is Dead”

          • Beaugilley

            It’s fairly glaring…doubt it’s an accident.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lig-Riv/100000846401146 Lig Riv

            No, if you spin it backwards, it’s 69. You know about 69, don’t you? If you don’t read it on wikipedia…

          • Guest

            I’m pretty sure if you spin 96 backwards, it’s still 96.  Just sayin’.

        • Nikosll

          are you normal bud? or are you smoking your iphone instead of making calls on it?????

        • MSharafdin

          Where exactly is it?

        • Anonymous

          Or, since it is a software conference that could be the date that lion, iOS 5 or both will launch

      • Sa,

        It kinda makes sense… with all the speculation of an “iPad 3″ being delivered during the September time frame (when they usually announce their holiday lineup) it would make sense to transition both the iPad and the iPhone refreshes to sometime in the fall. The nice thing about the fall event is that it doesn’t need to happen at a specific time… could be as early as August, or as late as October… WWDC involves a whole lotta people going to San Francisco, so it has to be planned around a much more specific date.

        What will be interesting to see is how they continue to roll out thunderbolt across the rest of their product line. Are we going to see silent refreshes of the Mac Pro, iMac and Mac Mini to include the new interconnect? Or is this going to be part of a larger announcement around a whole new ecosystem for managing your media files through iTunes?

      • Tharsman

        Do you put money on that?

      • Renstein

        So….. your source is Steve Jobs?

  • Anonymous

    So when do they release the new iPhone? August?

    I don’t think it’s important to remember that it’s a developer conference rather than a consumer show. They have announced consumer iPhones 3 years in a row at that developer conference.

    • Anonymous

      Which is exactly why they might not. Get folks out of this mindset that it has to be announced at WWDC. That way the media can’t play their bogus ‘delayed’ games and cry out about what has a design flaw, manufacturing issue etc when it is just that Apple wants to release a little later to have more stock, was waiting for a third party to release some needed bit etc

      And remember, just cause they dont announce it at WWDC doesn’t mean they can’t do so say the next week from campus.

  • http://twitter.com/ankleskater Ankle Skater

    Dalrymple is quoting Mike Gartenberg as a source? Gartenberg is one of the most inaccurate rumor mongers in Apple land!

    • http://www.loopinsight.com Jim Dalrymple

      Michael is not my source. I talked to Michael about his thoughts on my story and he gave them to me.

      • http://twitter.com/ankleskater Ankle Skater

        But why do you need to talk to Gartenberg? You are far more reliable than he. Including his words in an important story diminishes your credibility, if you don’t mind me saying so.

  • Anonymous

    Last year’s WWDC sold out early before the event. I’d expect the same to happen this year–but earlier.

  • vaguemilo

    Maybe the iPhone announcement will be moved to September, the iPod announcement is becoming less relevant as time goes by.

  • vaguemilo

    & the iPad moves to June!

    • Anonymous

      No. The current situation, with iPads coming out early and with limited features, and the new iPhones bringing the “real” release of the new iOS is untenable. The suggestions that (for at least a while) everything shifts to some vaguely defined date in fall, with new iPhones, new iPads, new iPod Touch and new iOS all coming out together make more sense.

      Of course Apple always wants to generate maximum publicity, so there will be a lot of teasing about the new iOS. (And, I expect, Apple will do what they can to have that hit the media at a different time from the Lion publicity — maybe all Lion all the time at WWDC, then a month later a “rah rah, here’s what will be new in iOS 5″ event.)

      Another possibility is that Apple would like to get off the pressure of the current scheme that demands a new phone and a new OS every year, and at the same time. Obviously the mac schedule is a lot easier on everyone, with mac refreshes coming when they come, and OS refreshes on a completely decoupled schedule. But I suspect the time is not yet ready for that; the mobile space is still sufficiently dynamic, and of sufficient interest to the broad public, that the wins of a (to some extent) defined schedule and coupling outweigh the disadvantages.

      Though perhaps we can see the start of this here. An iPad 3 in fall (which would be easy enough to arrange as a HW item — ideally a double res screen, but even if not that, there is scope for increased RAM (maybe 768MiB), maybe 1.2x faster CPUs, slightly better WiFi hardware (support 40MHz channels and short guard intervals), and better RF hardware (antenna diversity for both WiFi and 3G) — would allow Apple both to compete against other tablets (which are improving their HW at a fearsome rate) and allow for a 3.5 refresh around six months later —- thus hurrying along the decoupling of HW updates from OS updates.

      Presumably the really interesting point to look for is when new devices stop being called iPhone 5 and iPad 3 and, like Macs, are simply “the new iPhone” and “the new iPad”.

      • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

        “Of course Apple always wants to generate maximum publicity, so there will be a lot of teasing about the new iOS.”

        Keep in mind what WWDC is – it’s a conference for developers – not consumers, not the media. Apple wants to encourage them to develop software for the OS. There’s no “teasing”. Apple tells developers everything they possibly can. There’s no point in teasing them.

        The only people who will “tease” about what’s in the new OS will be the media.

        “maybe all Lion all the time at WWDC, then a month later a “rah rah, here’s what will be new in iOS 5″ event.”

        Apple is very clear in their press release – “we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS.” There won’t be a separate event to “tease” developers about iOS 5.

        • Jason

          More likely

          “This is how Lion integrates with iOS”

          then a month later

          “Here are the full details of iOS”

          They’re not being evil marketers in doing something like that…. they are just good at delivering clear messages…

          • Jason

            I mean, compare their approach generally to someone like RIM

          • Steven Fisher

            thud

            Nicely done, sir!

          • Anonymous

            No, they are talking about both. In full.

      • Anonymous

        There is no way that Apple would release all that hardware together. One because they stock price grows and falls based on sales and launch sales in particular. ‘poor’ sales during a quarter and it will fall fast and recover slowly Second, it would kill the store staff. Multiple lines for various items, pissed off customers that didn’t get helped and have to come back, pissed off customers if they go back to reservations and o walk ins. Pissed off customers that paid for the training thing and it’s too dang crowded and noisy and so on.

  • Anonymous

    This is terrible news Jim. I know there is more to a cell phone then its screen size, but I’m just tired of such a small screen. I was really looking forward to a potential 4″ screen with iPhone 5.

    The EVO & Droid X are too large for my tastes. Perhaps I’ll consider an Infuse 4G this summer, or just sit tight and see what Apple will eventually release.

    • Uesty

      It’s doubtful Apple will ever (well, in the next decade or so) release an iPhone with a slightly different size display. They’d either have to increase the pixel count, or lower the pixels-per-inch, both of which would pretty much mean that developers would need to re-design all their iOS apps for a fourth screen size — a fifth, if the iPad gets a “Retina” display. It was rough enough going through a simple doubling: how bad is it going to be if they add just

      • Anonymous

        If Apple doesn’t increase the screen size by iPhone 5, they can kiss me goodbye as a user. 3.5″ is simply too small IMO for web browsing.

        I also find your reply hard to believe. I feel very confident that the next iPhone (whenever it is released) will have a 4″ screen. 3.5″ is starting to look archaic.

        • JGowan

          To quasi-quote Jonathan Mann from the iPhone 4 Antennagate Song:

          “If you don’t want an iPhone 5 — don’t buy one!”

          Blairh, read this article — PLEASE:

          http://www.tuaw.com/2011/03/28/analysis-100-million-iphone-5s-could-be-sold/

          “Based on the trends, Didieu made some rough forecasts — the iPhone 4 will sell anywhere from 60 to 65 million units before the next iPhone debuts, and it has at least one more quarter of production life left (although some websites are pushing the iPhone 5 launch back to 2012). Over at 9to5Mac, blogger Christian Zibreg did his own take on the data and realized that an iPhone 5 could sell about 100 million units before the 6th generation device appears.”

          100 million. I don’t think Apple is worried about you too much, bro.

        • Abagail

          Women tend to like bigger screens, so I don’t blame you sister.

        • Anonymous

          Jobs comments strongly suggest that he disagrees. So don’t hold your breath

    • His Shadow

      There will be no hardware at WWDC. This somehow means there will be new hardware ever?

      There will be no 4″ screen iPhone.

  • Steve

    I don’t know Jim … A early summer iPhone hardware launch is part of our psyche now. Not saying it has to be WWDC, but a June or July event always happens.

    • Anonymous

      Apple wants to be on their schedule not anyone else’s be it MacWorld, the public etc.

  • http://shawnjroberts.com Shawn J. Roberts

    Does this indicate a change in Apple’s iPhone launch schedule to probably the fall or later?

    Shawn http://www.shawnjroberts.com

  • http://riverlaw.myopenid.com/ riverlaw

    Well if they do delay it makes more hopeful that we will get a new iphone and not a 4gs

    • Anonymous

      Nope not at all. In fact it is most likely to be a 4(s). There is really nothing yet to add. LTE is not supported by the carriers well enough to avoid negative press from selling something folks can’t use, same for the rumored NFC tech. A slighted faster processor, better camera etc is all there’s is to do.

  • Anonymous

    IMHO – Apple needs to get used to sell now “millions” of a product, not “thousands” anymore. So the need to tune their supply chain and factoring capacities to a new scale.

  • Anonymous

    IMHO – Apple needs to get used to sell now “millions” of a product, not “thousands” anymore. So the need to tune their supply chain and factoring capacities to a new scale.

    • His Shadow

      What? They’ve been selling millions for years.

    • Anonymous

      Huge warehouses to hold stock for weeks is impractical, especially for mobile devices which will slowly bleed battery the whole time and are too tempting for thieves.

      So the only way too get more is too drive the workers even more like slaves. Which apple is not likely to do

  • http://twitter.com/thewtb William Brawley

    Duh. Apple releases VZW iPhone 4 in January and the white iPhone 4 this spring/April, only to trick everyone who bought one of those a few months later with a new iPhone? I doubt it.

    I’m looking forward to getting a white iPhone 4.

    • Pscycho

      Agreed. If they announce a totally revamped iOS 5 that makes your ‘old’ iPhone4 new again, who cares if they release new hardware, especially considering the recent release on VZW.

    • PsCYcho

      Agreed. If they announce a totally revamped iOS 5 that makes your ‘old’ iPhone4 new again, who cares if they release new hardware, especially considering the recent release on VZW.

  • http://twitter.com/thewtb William Brawley

    Duh. Apple releases VZW iPhone 4 in January and the white iPhone 4 this spring/April, only to trick everyone who bought one of those a few months later with a new iPhone? I doubt it.

    I’m looking forward to getting a white iPhone 4.

  • http://twitter.com/jdfwarrior David Ferguson

    From what I saw, they said they would unveil the future of iOS and OSX. I didn’t see a statement saying “we definitely won’t do any hardware at WWDC”. That being said, this is purely an assumption. Anyone remember what assuming does? I’m going to semi agree with Sidharth. Apple is always sly with what they are doing. Just because they didn’t outright say it, doesn’t mean anything. The majority of their events are labeled as, “we’re having an event” and everyone else just ends up guessing what it’s going to be on. Sometimes they are right, sometimes they aren’t. So Jim, unless you know for a fact, don’t blow people off and call them wrong. Apple could always pull a “…. and one more thing.”

  • http://twitter.com/jdfwarrior David Ferguson

    From what I saw, they said they would unveil the future of iOS and OSX. I didn’t see a statement saying “we definitely won’t do any hardware at WWDC”. That being said, this is purely an assumption. Anyone remember what assuming does? I’m going to semi agree with Sidharth. Apple is always sly with what they are doing. Just because they didn’t outright say it, doesn’t mean anything. The majority of their events are labeled as, “we’re having an event” and everyone else just ends up guessing what it’s going to be on. Sometimes they are right, sometimes they aren’t. So Jim, unless you know for a fact, don’t blow people off and call them wrong. Apple could always pull a “…. and one more thing.”

    • Anonymous

      He’s not assuming, he has sources that are telling him this.

      • Renstein

        Yes, he has “sources”. Mysterious people he won’t tell us about because they are afraid to get fired. “Sources” from a company that routinely feeds members of the press erroneous information to check for leaks. He might as well make this up, it would be just as credible. In fact, he cannot prove that he is NOT making this up.

        • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

          “In fact, he cannot prove that he is NOT making this up”

          LOL Do you see the lack of logic here? The same can be said of you – you can’t prove he is making it up.

          Bottom line is, you either trust Jim and his sources or you don’t. For those not keeping track, his record is much better than most.

    • Apple750

      I went back and read their WWDC press release for 2010 conference and its even more vague, says nothign about iPhone4 at all!!! People are trying to keep that stock down whatever way they can.

  • Anonymous

    I will be really disappointed if the don’t announce a new iPhone with the A5 chip.

    • Anonymous

      They will… in September.

  • Joe

    Yippee! This year we’ll have a technical conference instead of a press conference……

    • Noodle

      Agreed. It has always annoyed me the number of media outlets screaming during WWDC about how terrible the conference is because Apple didn’t introduce iPhoneX with front and back facing screens and face-melting camera resolutions. WWDC is for developers, not NMDs trying to score quick page hits.

  • http://philswenson.com Phil Swenson

    what about an iPhone 5 announcement before WWDC? Or am I crazy?

  • http://philswenson.com Phil Swenson

    what about an iPhone 5 announcement before WWDC? Or am I crazy?

  • http://philswenson.com Phil Swenson

    what about an iPhone 5 announcement before WWDC? Or am I crazy?

    • http://twitter.com/thewtb William Brawley

      haha, probably crazy. remember the white iPhone 4 hasn’t even been released yet.

      • http://philswenson.com Phil Swenson

        Don’t forget when iPhone 5, iPhone 4 (probably) becomes the cheap model. So don’t think the white iPhone matters.

        • http://twitter.com/thewtb William Brawley

          But, I do think the Verizon iPhone matters. That was released earlier this year.

  • http://rianjs.net Rian

    I wonder if this is a recent development, or has been in the works for a while. (I.e. is this the result of supply disruptions due to the tsunami in Japan?)

  • Confused

    So Jim, if the iPhone 5′s not announced at WWDC, when?

    Is there a delay? Do you just not know?

    • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

      iPhone 5 most likely will now be announced in September at a special event.

  • http://www.youtube.com/dfmediainc Triny D

    I’m betting on September release of iPhone 5…also to buy time for dual mode + LTE chips to be ready

  • Cdeangelus

    It strikes me as odd that Apple would allow so much time to pass before releasing the new phone. There are going to be a lot of 3GS buyers coming off 2 year contracts this spring, and they’re going to feel multiple pressures: buy an iPhone 4 at it’s end-of-life, go with a new-fangled Android phone for instant gratification, or wait indefinitely for the iPhone 5. I can’t see how waiting until September gives them any ability to increase the functionality of the iPhone 5 where a june or july release wouldn’t.

    You’re also putting off for another few months those people who are waiting for the Verizon iPhone 5 as opposed to getting an end of life i4. They’ll now start question when it will come out and potentially stray.

    Add to that the media reporting all summer long how the iPhone 4 is long in the tooth, how it’s been around for over a year, etc., and you start to see the media build up expectations for an iPhone 5, and what kind of features “could justify such a long wait.” That’s a no-win situation either.

    Personally, I’m not happy about this, but I also understand that I don’t matter.

    • http://www.facebook.com/zerosignal1978 Matthew Case

      Well, it seems like a two-pronged approach to me. They’ll talk about iOS 5 in the summer, and then the hardware that will run it will show up a few months later. Obviously the focus is on the stuff the OS lets you do and I assume the hardware will just support that and not be as front-and-center as it was when it was still a brand new concept to have a computer/phone/butler/spaceship in your pocket.

    • Anonymous

      “There are going to be a lot of 3GS buyers coming off 2 year contracts this spring, and they’re going to feel multiple pressures: “

      This assumes that there is a LARGE contingent of people who buy the newest iPhone the week it is released, are trapped in their two year contracts, then repeat as soon as the contract ends.

      I don’t believe this is really the case. The quarterly iPhone figures, for example, show a smooth increase over the iPhone lifespan, not a marked jump at the release quarters. And from my experience with my non-geeky friends, the “dates” attached to their phones are all over the place, relating to things like when they lost a phone, or when they actually (six months after the release) played with a new iPhone in person and decided it was worth upgrading.

      Sure, if you are one of the tiny minority who operate this way, a delay till September may be irritating. But I think you have to honestly accept that you are in the minority and the system is never going to be tailored to your wishes.

    • His Shadow

      It shouldn’t be odd at all. The 3 and 3GS were not significantly different phones. There is no reason to expect a radical redesign of the current phone. I could be wrong of course, but I’m betting that it’s the iPhone 6 in 2012 that will be the radical redesign. There won’t be a Super Retina Display, and almost certainly no dual core processor.

      I think the iPod has a lot to teach us with regards to how Apple approaches it’s upgrade cycle.

  • http://twitter.com/zwei zwei

    I can believe it. And coming from Jim, I do. If the rumored NFC tech isn’t quite baked, what else would they be in a hurry to release hardware-wise? Is anyone complaining that their iPhone 4 is slow?

    Software > Hardware

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. I’ve never used an app on the iPhone 4 and thought to myself, “Gosh, this things is pokey.” I mean, I’m excited to see what an A5 and more RAM might allow for, but I don’t see it as immenently necessary.

      When the iPhone 5 comes, I’m sure I’ll pick one up, but I can wait for it.

    • Anonymous

      “If the rumored NFC tech isn’t quite baked, what else would they be in a hurry to release hardware-wise?”

      What they COULD and SHOULD release hardware-wise is a GSM phone with antenna diversity. This would make the phones feel more “robust”, less likely to drop calls and less likely to drop to lower data rates. The chipsets in the new VZW phones support antenna diversity (since VZW demands it — it’s one of the reasons their network feels more robust than ATT), and I believe that support exists on the GSM side of the chipset as well as the ATT side.

      Personally I think the smart thing for Apple to do is both - add antenna diversity AND - not make a big deal about it. Maybe mention it on the web page, maybe not — leave it to iFixit and crowd to learn about it. If you’re Apple you DON’T want to make any claims that suggest that the iPhone 4 antenna was a mistake, or that the new phone has far better reception. As soon as you do that, you just know that some a**hole is going to search high and low to find some spot where and some way in which reception is bad, and then make a YouTube video about it. Much better to just ignore the whole thing — but silently include diversity, and let word of mouth seep out that “you know, I don’t know what Apple did, but this new iPhone 5 seems to drop calls less than the old one. Just a feeling, but I like it”.

  • http://joshuagoodwin.com Josué

    So no iPhone, iPod or Mac – that leaves iPod.

    • Anonymous

      If they stick with history that will be in September, about 2-3 weeks after the whole back to school promo finishes. That way all the kiddies are past the return period

  • Anonymous

    It makes sense for consumer oriented devices to be refreshed in time for the fall. In practice, the iPod line is more about the iPod touch than it is about the legacy iPod devices. As the iPod touch is similar to the iPhone, there may be benefits in terms of managing the supply chain to linking the iPhone and iPod touch release in a similar timeframe. This is not the first time such a move has been suggested. To that end, late August to early September would make the most sense.

    Also, I tend to trust Jim’s position on this. He clearly has a source and his batting average is been pretty high lately!

  • http://twitter.com/Shmoe Shmoe

    “There is no reason for Apple to follow a predictable yearly pattern, and it keeps their competition off guard a little bit.”

    No reason except for the fact that they have with the iPhone for the past 4 years. Announcement in June, released in late June/Early July.

    Don’t let something like facts or history get in the way of your linkbaiting though!

    • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

      People seem to assume that because Apple did it in the past, they will do it in the future. Those people don’t know Apple or understand the company.

  • Anonymous

    AllthingsD saying no iPhone 5 at the event either. He thinks possibly Apple looking to include LTE. So, iPhone 5 might be release in oct. Don’t make sense to release same time frame as Verizon. Post holiday and whenever 2 year contracts are up would make better sense late fall.

  • Berkovitz

    Jimmy. I hope you’re wrong, big buddy. There’s no greater Mac fan than me. I use their pro line products: MacPro desktop and MacbookPro; and I use the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. It’s millionaires like me who contribute to the economy. I’m actually waiting for the new MacPro desktop to come out. Sandy bridge processors and 64 GB RAM. I also hope the Apple cinema monitor got upgraded to 40+ inches. I’ve been playing around with OS Lion and love it. Besides, my nanny wants my iPhone 4 when I upgrade to the 5. Hoping the iPhone 5 gets released.

  • http://twitter.com/herchu Hernán

    So it’s iOS 5 then. But what about OSX? Lion again or the next “big cat”?

    • Scruff

      Being a developer conference I’d suggest Lion technologies. They won’t discuss ‘the next cat’ until the currently unreleased cat is complete and available anyway.

    • Anonymous

      The invite says Mac OS and iOS

  • Spencedizzle

    The press release sounds the exact same as the one for WWDC 2010, it’s always marketed as a software show. Apple won’t break from tradition (and risk all the 3GS contracts running up converting to android). They won’t unveil a new iOS without an unveiling of the new iPhone either.

    • Anonymous

      The only folks that will run to anything will so that anyway. iPhone users in general are craze folks, they will wait

    • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

      “They won’t unveil a new iOS without an unveiling of the new iPhone either.” Keep in mind, they will certainly show off iOS 5 (or whatever version) but it won’t be available to anyone outside of the developer community. It won’t be publicly available. So there won’t be a “need” to announce a new iPhone alongside it.

  • boccebowl

    Wouldn’t a September iPhone5 release put a whole lot of early AT&T iPhone4 adapters into early upgrade eligibility in late December through February? That sounds like a sound plan for maintaining high numbers beyond the holidays, and without the need to release new hardware. It also makes the impending death of 3GS support seem slightly less egregious than killing 3G support has been.

  • https://dleppik.wordpress.com/ David Leppik

    No phone, no pad, no mac software. Not a single luxury! Like Robinson Crusoe, it’s primitive as can be.

    • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

      “No phone, no pad, no mac software. “

      Nope – that’s because WWDC isn’t Macworld Expo. It’s not a “consumer” event. It’s for developers to get a glimpse of where Apple is going and, by its nature, talks about the future when those products will be available.

  • Zd2342

    no

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553365620 Bill Haynes

    I agree that it would be very very strange for Apple to break with history and not release a new iphone in June/July. The potential for expanding market share is bigger than it ever has been. Nokia have dropped the ball and there are literally hundreds of millions of Symbian customers left in the lurch with no path forward to a modern workable smartphone OS. RIMM is floundering. Windows 7 phone is still 1-2 years behind in features. But Android is pushing hard.

    Is Apple going to let Android take all of these customers in the months between April and September? I hope not. I think Apple recognizes the opportunity THIS YEAR to establish iOS as the pre-eminent mobile OS. I’m going with a May 2011 iphone 5 release (maybe not hugely different from iphone 4 except for a bigger screen, A5 processor, better camera, longer battery life), with iphone4 reduced to $0-100 with contract ($300-400 without). Come September maybe we will see a new ipad.

    • Anonymous

      I think most consumers don’t think in terms of “mobile OS”; instead, most consumers think of which phones are cool/reasonably priced/available from their carrier. Most people with Android phones don’t really know that it’s an Android phone; they either consider it a “verizon phone” or an “htc phone”. This absence of alert Android mindshare will continue as Android gets scattered among several handsets and carriers.

      My point is, Apple shouldn’t rush a new product out for fear of losing their pre-eminent spot. To this day, having an Android phone means nothing to all but a handful of techy engadget readers. This is not a dis against Android. The release of their last phone was a non-event – and I see no signs of that changing

  • Anonymous

    Given the retooling costs I’d find it strange that 5-6 months after releasing the iPad 2 Apple would release an iPad 2.5 with marginally better specs or a new retina display that would supplant the “new” iPad 2. More likely (to me) is that Apple will expand their existing range of small touch based computers including iPod Touch (the smallest iPad), the current iPad 2 and in the autumn announce either a larger iPad or a larger iPod Touch (the “we won’t ever make a 7″ tablet” tablet). I can’t help but wonder when they’ll rename the iPod Touch as iPad mini. But I”m expecting there will be 4 tablets in the range from pocketable to maybe 13″ in size.

    I’m confused about one thing. There is plenty of talk of about iOS 5 being a major rewrite/update of iOS. Yet from what we’ve seen of Mac OS X Lion, they’re bringing the look and feel of iOS 4 to the Mac desktop (example the application launcher). Surely an iOS 5 rewrite would have a revised look to the home screen in which case why would they be putting an iOS 4 look and feel in Lion?

  • http://twitter.com/hsouris Souris Harris

    so, you think no iPhone 5 in 2011 or just WWDC? It wasn’t so clear in your article

    • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

      There will be an iPhone 5 announced in 2011. Probably in September.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, so you have a reliable, unnameable source that tells you this. Or are you just repeating the rumors you have heard.

        • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

          Yes.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RW3HRBOD6VV3WEOSRXD4GNDJJ4 Blah Bleh

            Yes he is just repeating rumors he’s heard, and no he does not have a reliable unnamed source

          • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

            Well, you are the resident “Apple employee” so you know better/more than all the rest of us.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RW3HRBOD6VV3WEOSRXD4GNDJJ4 Blah Bleh

            Correct, which is why I already knew about the June release date before the rumors came out a few days ago

          • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

            LOL Sure you did. Which is why you correctly predicted them…Oh wait…no you didn’t…so, once again, you’re full of crap. Keep trying though – you are a source of endless amusement.

  • JGowan

    To offer hardware at the same time as WWDC mixes the measure to developers and to the world at large — unless, UNLESS it deals with something that developers need to know — the iPhone 4 was announced during WWDC for one BIG REASON –> Retina Display.

    This was a big deal. It meant that all iPhone apps’ graphics would need to be adjusted in order to take advantage of the additional resolution in order to look great.

  • His Shadow

    Didn’t we go through this last year? And wasn’t it explained to a number of people that a developers conference neither implies nor requires hardware to be showcased?

    • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

      We go through it every year. We have to yearly explain to people what WWDC stands for/is…

      • Jouster

        I’m not sure your explanation is entirely right. While the sessions are definitely for developers, I think Apple is well aware of the publicity the keynote generates, and has been happy to use it as a product launch event.

        I do agree, however, that in this case the iPhone 5 will be launched later in the year.

      • Jouster

        I’m not sure your explanation is entirely right. While the sessions are definitely for developers, I think Apple is well aware of the publicity the keynote generates, and has been happy to use it as a product launch event.

        I do agree, however, that in this case the iPhone 5 will be launched later in the year.

  • Mubai

    Could there be a “one more thing…” to introduce the iPhone 5 during the keynote? for obvious reason Apple doesn’t want to tip anymore about any timeline of the coming release of iPhone 5. Unless Apple feels really cocky about the iPhone 4 that it doesn’t think there is any need to release an iPhone 5 in the summer.

    • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

      “Could there be a “one more thing…” to introduce the iPhone 5 during the keynote?”

      Sure…but there won’t be. Again – the article states there will be no hardware announced at WWDC 2011….

  • Amr Mohamed

    I think there is gonna be an iphone 5

    • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

      LOL Ummm…yeah…whether or not there will be an iPhone 5 isn’t under discussion. There will be. It’s just a matter of when it will be announced.

  • http://www.thegraphicmac.com JimD

    Though I’m sure there were hardware announcements in the past at WWDC, by-and-large it has been about the OS, not hardware. Not sure why everyone (general public at large) got their panties in a bunch thinking there might be a new iPhone announced, or updated Macs.

    • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

      It’s because Apple has used WWDC as a launch platform for hardware in the past. But that doesn’t mean they will every WWDC.

  • http://twitter.com/Magaret999 Magaret

    The thing is that Apple uses their staff for WWDC, if they use more staff then there’s less development work going on. If they have more events in different counties then same again.

    • Anonymous

      The engineers are there because that is a major part of what the conference is about. But it isn’t like they have to stop everything for weeks to get ready. So there will be a few days less work. Then again most of the work is likely finished anyway, or will be by WWDC

  • bon jovi

    I have waited for iphone for 3 months so far then I get this crap ?

    Should I just buy iphone 4 T_T

  • Anonymous

    Noooo! I must get rid of this 3G model! Bring the 4G Network! Pls just as commented in this news blog, launch it around June 2011! http://www.ifunia.com/news/apple-iphone-5-release-date-and-expected-features/

    • Anonymous

      That article is rumors, even says so in the article

      And it doesn’t matter if the iPhone is 4g or not, given that there’s only like 5 cities with a 4g coverage network

  • Anonymous

    apple releasing new iphones, ipads, ipods and ios in the fall doesn’t make any sense. it’s a high risk strategy (eg. catastrophe in japan) and foxconn could never keep up with such high demand concentrated in so small a time frame.

    …and if apple can’t put out one new phone every 12 months then they’re either lazy or are running out of ideas.

    • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

      Hard to know where to start….

      “apple releasing new iphones, ipads, ipods and ios in the fall doesn’t make any sense. it’s a high risk strategy (eg. catastrophe in japan) and foxconn could never keep up with such high demand concentrated in so small a time frame.”

      First of all, Foxconn is in China, not Japan – completely different countries…

      Secondly, there will be no iPad released in the fall so that issue is laid to rest (yeah, right). Thirdly, iPods are losing sales momentum rapidly – their time has come. Fourth, hardware and software are completely different . So – all your “concerns” are have been nullified.

      “…and if apple can’t put out one new phone every 12 months then they’re either lazy or are running out of ideas.”

      Or maybe…just maybe…they have a different strategy. Besides, they did put out a new iPhone – remember, the Verizon iPhone is “new”.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RW3HRBOD6VV3WEOSRXD4GNDJJ4 Blah Bleh

        get a life homo no one cares what you say. Iphone is coming out in june… suck it. P.S. I work at Apple so trust I know what’s really happening

        • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

          “P.S. I work at Apple so trust me I know what’s really happening”

          LMAO You don’t work at Apple. You know how I know that? People who work at Apple don’t have their heads up their asses..

          • Peter Cohen

            “People who work at Apple don’t have their heads up their asses.”

            ORLY?

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RW3HRBOD6VV3WEOSRXD4GNDJJ4 Blah Bleh

            ” People who work at Apple don’t have their heads up their asses..” You obviously have not taken a tour of the campus. there is plenty of head ass sticking going on… wait and see man I’m telling you the iPhone in June is happening. Just because you write an article saying something is going to happen and don’t reference any sources doesn’t make it true. If that were the case I would start writing article that Donal Trump is planning on donating all his money to me and just sit back and wait for it to come. Unfortunately that’s not how the world works. You can try all you want to make things true by generating enough buzz on your third rate website all you want, unfortunately though, it will amount to nothing more than a few people commenting on your page and you feeling good about yourself

          • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

            “nothing more than a few people commenting on your page and you feeling good about yourself…”

            LMAO Well – you commented so thanks for helping me to feel good about myself. It means so much to me when Apple employees like yourself take time out of their busy schedules to comment on web sites such as these. It happens so rarely, if ever, that it’s a breath of fresh air. Thank you for all the good work you do there at Apple.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RW3HRBOD6VV3WEOSRXD4GNDJJ4 Blah Bleh

            I just like to look out for those guys who are about to be let down by you libelous words

          • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

            Understood. You are a champion of the little people and your good works have not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RW3HRBOD6VV3WEOSRXD4GNDJJ4 Blah Bleh
        • His Shadow

          Yeah, right. Dusting the shelves after hours doesn’t qualify as “working at Apple”.

          Technically and practically, working in retail doesn’t qualify as “working at Apple” either.

        • Anonymous

          Goodness, you’re mature.

  • Guest

    Looks like I’m pouncing on an Android. I wanted to get an iPhone, but my contract’s up in two weeks and I’m not gonna grab an iPhone 4 if it’ll be obsolete equipment in less than six months (nor am I gonna wait until October to bite and delay my contract that long). Sorry, Apple. Doesn’t even look like they’ll be revamping the model that much – aside from a slightly enhanced screen and the typical beefed-up specs – so I’m not gonna stick to blind consumerism if it’s a pain in the ass to do so.

  • Vamsmack

    You people think Apple is hurting for cash so much they can’t book another event around the same time as WWDC? They could throw a god damned parade shutting down the entire US with Steve Jobs riding a space shuttle Slim Pickens style over head dropping the new iPhone 5 from the cargo bay 2 days after WWDC while Tim Cook eats diamonds and they would still have enough money left over to buy Microsoft.

    I forget most of my point but I think it was this: Conference venues are cheap.

    • Anonymous

      They don’t have to book anything. They have a space on campus or they could announce it will a streaming video on the site

  • May trainer higgins

    I truely think it’s wrong. I got a ipad for my birthday in febuary. And the next. Month use brought. Out a new ipad but I’ll stilled paid the full price. For my ipad. Yetvthe new one has a camra attached.

  • http://twitter.com/ankleskater Ankle Skater

    Back on Feb 22, Jim, you wrote that there was no delay in the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 projects. You proved prescient on iPad 2. So what has changed regarding iPhone 5? The Japan crisis? Could it be that some key parts reserved for iPhone 5 are now being diverted for iPad 2, in order to maximize momentum of iPad 2? That is one way of explaining of how Apple is able to keep shipping iPad 2 to more countries and more outlets in the face of a choked supply chain in Japan.

    • http://twitter.com/ankleskater Ankle Skater

      Unless, as some mentioned, the devil is in the wording – no iPhone 5 at WWDC but possibly iPhone 5 at a separate event in June. Are you playing coy with us, Mr. Dalrymple?

    • Anonymous

      There is only a delay if it is not being released when Apple originally planned to release them.

      And if Apple decided way back then to release in July, august or even next year and that is when it happens, it is not delayed

  • Rwarte4742

    My contract is over on May 31st, if the iphone5 is not available I’m going to get another phone such as an Android.

    Ruthie

  • Sj123

    Wow; just wow. WWDC is not a hardware event; granted, but Apple have demonstrated new significant hardware at every WWDC since 2003; if not iPhone 5 what will it be? Let’s see, oh yes, the iPhone 5.

    • http://twitter.com/ShawnKing Shawn King

      You assume just because Apple has done it in the past, Apple will do it in the future. Not a good assumption – at least when it comes to Apple.

  • Anonymous

    The iPhone comes first in Apples list of priorities. Why would they release the new iPad 2, without a new beefy iPhone 5 to go alongside soon afterwards? I’m sure apple would not want the iPad 2 to be obsolete for long.

    IOS 5 sounds nice and all but you need the A5 processor to go along with the software. Why would apple release iOS 5 without a phone that could take full advantage of it. Sure you could run iOS 5 on a lot of iPhone models but it just wouldn't make sense.
    
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