A series of new developments has shed some light on Apple’s product roadmap for the coming year. First, we thought that Apple would be holding a media event in April for iOS 5 and MobileMe. TechCrunch followed up on those rumors by saying that iOS 5 would be pushed back to the fall, and that the iPhone 5 would be released this summer running a version of iOS 4.

Today, Apple announced the dates and information for their annual World Wide Develepors Conference this June. Apple’s focus for WWDC this year will clearly be on software, and, unless they’ve got a big surprise up their sleeve, we probably won’t see the iPhone 5 launch during the expected time frame…

Apple has always done something with the iPhone during June, but this year looks to be a change-up from Apple’s typical announcement cycle. The Verizon iPhone launched in February, which is something totally new for Apple’s typical release schedule.

The white iPhone 4 is suspected to ship very soon as well, which could make Apple feel comfortable with holding off on the release of the next gen iPhone. It doesn’t make much sense for Apple to release a white iPhone 4 less than three months before an iPhone 5 announcement.

The Loop corroborates that we won’t see any hardware announcements from Apple this summer,

“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.

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.”

Japanese site Macotakara (via Google Translate) claims that the iPhone 5 won’t ship until much later in the year,

“According to sources in China, fourth quarter 2011 (July-September) had been rumored to be announced on the iPhone 5, from things that do not begin manufacturing parts in 2011 (to September) of seems to be lost sale.”

So, news from China says the iPhone 5 won’t ship until late 2011 (September at the earliest).

All Things D agrees that we won’t see the iPhone 5 at WWDC this summer, and they think the reason could be 4G,

“I’m just guessing here, but I think postponing the unveiling and release of the device could be an indication that its next iteration will run on 4G LTE networks. Remember, AT&T is expected to launch its LTE network by the middle of the year and Verizon’s is already up and running. And what was it China Mobile Chairman Wang Jianzhou said earlier this month? “[Steve] Jobs has expressed his interest in an LTE iPhone and is willing to start the development at an early date” …

TiPB makes a good point that Apple wouldn’t gain much from releasing the iPhone 5 after June. Android handsets are already offering advanced hardware that can easily compete with what the iPhone 4 has to offer. Apple will need to pull out the big guns to blow the competition out of the water when they finally unveil the next iPhone.

When you think globally, it doesn’t seem like the Verizon iPhone or LTE would cause Apple to push back the iPhone 5 announcement. In case you’ve forgotten, Apple is very much a global company. And the Verizon iPhone was a US-only release. LTE is primarily a US-only story too, so does it globally make sense for Apple to skip their normal announcement date for either of these primarily domestic issues?

All reasons aside, Apple has never been a company that’s known for its predictability. I wouldn’t put it past Steve Jobs and team to surprise everyone this summer with “One more thing…

Do you agree that we won’t see an iPhone 5 announcement at WWDC this June? Why do you think Apple would wait for a later date?

[Note: The above image is a concept and not an actual image of the iPhone 5.]

  • Rob

    No i don’t..

  • MrA

    Thanks Alex, I had high hopes for iDB to post something sensible since the other rumor sites are publishing this crap. Yes there will be an iPhone 5 annouced, spoiler alert it will use Apples new A5 chip. I always looked at this site like the little engine that could. Don’t fail me now iDB. Get Sebastian out here he knows better than this!

    • I think Alex wrote a great piece here, and I definitely wouldn’t have said it any better. Alex is just reporting the news, not making it.

      It does seem pretty real that there won’t be an iPhone 5 in June. Just like I predicted at the beginning of the year, it seems that 2011 will be the year of the iOS.

      Last week, I would have laughed out loud at the rumor of a no-iPhone event in June. But seeing how the usual suspects (The Loop and WSJ) are reporting that there won’t be any iPhone in June, I now tend to believe them. These guys are being “leaked” official news from Apple on a regular basis. I have all the reasons to believe they are right once again. But as usual with these events, only time will tell.

      Like all of you, I sure hope for an iPhone 5 in June though.

      • MrA

        Alright Alex you talked some sense into me. It is a well written article, but I just hope you guys are wrong. I just get so excited about new iPhones, I don’t wanna wait that long… I guess I’m going to have to eat my hat.

      • MrA

        I meant “alright Sebastien” not “alright Alex” it’s late and I’m sleepy….zzz

  • I am amazed everyone believes this….

    • MrA

      Thank you. It shouldn’t be believed.

  • Doug

    iPhone 5 better release this June. I’m in that hole where I just became eligible for an upgrade and 2 year pricing. The iPhone 4 is miles better than the 3GS but I don’t want to have the 4 for 18 months if the 5 will be out in 3 months. If it’s going to be another 6 or 7 though that is a long time.

    I think apple just hurts their own sales by keeping people on the fence wondering if the new one is about to release. Either way I will probably wait for the 5 but I really hope the 5 comes out in June. Its not like apple can’t sell both phones at the same time. I’m sure the 4 will still have strong sales after 5 releases

    • MrA

      It will be released in 3-4 months. If not, I’ll eat my hat!

      • Jasper

        I shouldn’t say that, you never know, I would not be suprised if the iPhone 5 would wait to fall this year. They also rushed with the iPhone 4 and that didn’t packed good out either, you know? The antenna issues, and the lost prototype?

      • jay

        You’ll eat your hat! No iPhone 5 this year.

  • soccerkrzy

    New Android devices are coming out with dual-core processors, double the ram, and an equivalent of the screen resolution; they’re not only competing with the iPhone 4, they’re easily beating it.

    • Stfudvs

      Apple doesn’t need 30 different iOS phones on every carrier to compete with google

  • Josh

    Don’t all the iPods come out during the fall season too? That’s sounds like quite alot to release during that time frame if they push back the iPhone release date.

  • Lee

    I think there will be a new iphone come june or july I doubt that the only thing there going to show off in june is ios 5. Im ready for an early upgrade too so need them to release the iphone 5 I dont want another 4 whats the point? My daughter hoping theres a new iphone coming too as shell get my old iphone 4.

  • Neo

    there’s too much competition goin’ on
    and i’m quite sure that Apple wouldn’t wanna miss it, so, no, it will be released in June along w/ the iOS 5.0
    not to mention that all the controversy that’s been goin’ on w/ the iPhone 4, it may have had a significant impact on Apple’s sales, this may have been what boosted up Android’s Sales..

  • javierE186

    How about let’s wait and see

  • hxclos

    I honestly hope they don’t release a new iPhone. Not yet anyway. I’ve had every iPhone model from the start and to me, the iPhone 4 is near perfect! What more can you really ask for? You want NFC technology? Most places, at least where I go to, don’t even offer this option! 4G? I prefer WiFi; your bill is likely to rise with 4G and most cities still don’t have it. Better camera? Eh. More storage? Cloud is coming. Higher resolution? Retina isn’t good enough? OK maybe the one thing I would like more of is battery but come on, it’s not even a huge issue for me since I charge it when I drive or have it at home. Oh and I am sick of 3D! I really hope that garbage never comes to the iPhone. Basically, I’m not ready to trade in my beautiful glass iPhone 4 for an aluminum iPhone 5.

  • mwebsterpgh

    I bet Apple does not want to upset all the new Verizon customers so they will delay until Fall.

  • Lucas K.

    I am thinking they delay it mostly for the fact that there’s been the reports that parts for the new iPhone haven’t been ordered yet, and they usually have to have 6 months prior to meet any kind of demand there will be to buy the new product, which we know is pretty high. If that’s true, and they start ordering tomorrow, it will be September at the earliest (closer to October) before we see a new phone. I’m figuring they’ll upgrade the iPod Touch and iPhone in the fall now and breeak the June/July cycle this year to 1) increase sales during holidays; 2) give them more time to test LTE technology and fit it in w/ the hardware; 3) give more time to work out kinks and large updates for iOS5 (what I’m going to go on a limb and say this will be their “big surprise” along with a new look/design for the 5).

  • Apple released the iPhone 2g 16gb in Feb 2008. That didn’t stop Apple from releasing the iPhone 3G on July the same year. The Verizon iPhone launched around the same time no?

  • Ernesto Castellanos

    There wont be an iPhone 5 in the summer. There will only be a white iPhone 4. The iPhone 5 will be released with verizon’s iPhone 5 later in the year. (my opinion)

  • i think the iphone 5 will be released in september.

  • MikeLo

    Who cares!

  • George W. Bush

    If they haven’t put out the white iPhone 4 what makes you think they will throw out the iPhone 5 now. Apple is not stupide they know how to make money, there going to hipe up the crowed and release it into the wild when there is a huge crowed.

  • i don’t liked the design in the iPhone 5..design of iphone 4 ws better.
    but i don’t think we will see much change in the iPhone 5 apart from the screen and the processor…

    but what we need to see is how iOS 5 will rool out..

  • who cares guys u fucking cock sucker
    fuck all of ya ok

  • iphone sucks like ur mothers the only good about apple is the macbook period so fuck off guys

  • Eric

    Why does anyone care about a white iphone? It’s white plastic instead of black plastic. Big deal.

    • MrA

      Higher resale value. Or at least thats why I care.