If you’re confused about release dates surrounding the iPhone 5, you’re not the only one. In classic fashion, rumors have been flying left and right about when Apple’s next gen iPhone will be announced.

Originally, reliable sources said that, unlike Apple’s previous track record, there would be no iPhone 5 announcement at WWDC this June. Several authoritative sources all agreed that Apple would not release the iPhone 5 during the typical summer time frame.

Yesterday, a report from a Korean site claimed that Apple would in fact have a hardware announcement at WWDC in June. This claim directly opposed the previous consensus that Apple would hold off on the iPhone 5 launch. And it appears that the recent, Korean-based rumor is false

ETNews.co.kr based its story off “inside knowledge” from several Korean wireless carriers. Allegedly, these networks claimed they would be among the first providers to carry the new iPhone.

The Loop was one of the original sources to say that Apple would not release the iPhone this summer. As a usually reliable source on Apple news and leaks, several other influential sources (including All Things D and Engadget) confirmed The Loop’s claim.

Jim Dalrymple from The Loop is sticking to his guns about the iPhone 5 announcement,

“My sources said today that rumors of an iPhone 5 release at the end of June were completely false.

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.?”

Jim does have a point about the questionable authority of ETNews. It does seem odd that such a story would come from Korea before the U.S.

This report from Korea is actually utter nonsense if you think about it. When has Apple ever confirmed such a huge detail to any third party? The iPhone 5 could very well be released in Korea on launch, but that’s irrelevant, considering ETNew’s lack of any real source.

Like always, Apple will maintain its infamous veil of secrecy to keep these type of rumors at bay. (Well, that is, unless someone gets lucky and finds another special surprise in a bar.)

Considering Apple hasn’t even ordered all of the components for the iPhone 5 yet, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see any sort of hardware announcement this summer. Apple has promised to focus on iOS and OS X software at WWDC this June.

What do you make of all this stuff surrounding the iPhone 5? Are you starting to lean towards a later launch date, or do you think Apple will still announce the iPhone 5 at WWDC?

[image via Ken Segall]

  • Aleks

    long live the iphone 4. reign supreme for a but longer!!

  • Esquivo

    I want my iPhone 5 now!

  • Twited21

    I realy think the ip5 will be next year in the first quarter
    This is how I see things going down

    1 the white iPhone will be finally released in early October this year
    2 the ip4 price is lowered before Christmas
    3 apple will sell more ip4 white and black before Christmas there is gonna be a mad rush due to the white ip4 and a reduction in price
    4 mid feb ip5 will be announced then released before April 1st

    If it happens this way seb I want a job lol 

    • George W. Bush

      I’m with you pal.

      • Its fake. Its no retina screen and its the old dock and icons on springboard

    • Wade

      Your fucking gay

      • Twited21

        Don’t knock it until u try it ass face 

  • YourFriendBen

    I’ve lived in Korea for the last 2.5 years. The iPhone 3GS was the first apple product carried by a Korean carrier (September-ish 2009).
    The original iPad just released around last November (hunk of the people on antwonyear contract for 3G).
    Now the newest iPad is suppose to come later this month? Korea gets it apple stuff late or last compared to the other foreign countries who also get products after the launch. Just from the feel I get from living here, I seriously doubt that it will come here first. I would be thrilled actually if Korea gets it on time or if possible the same as the US. If Korea gets the iPad 2 on time, maybe there is a glimmer of hope for an on time release of he next iPhone. It coming out before US, seriously seriously doubt it.

  • Dont know what does these APple does all the time…

  • I won’t be sad if they don’t announce new iPhone @ WWDC. I think my iPhone 4 will hold me over until 2012. I just wish apple had more irresponsible employees who get drunk at bars.

  • Lucas K.

    Yeah, it was pretty obvious that rumor was so far off…

  • Do you notice that it says 3G on the top right of the iPhone picture, and it specifically says in the description that it will have 4G

  • Still there is boom iphone 4 and we also believe that no sign of iphone 5 in june but yes it will be laughing in October 2012.