If you’ve been keeping up with the iPhone 4S and 5 rumors, you’ll recall that almost all of the evidence so far has pointed to a later-than-normal refresh this year. From supply line checks to industry insiders, everyone is pegging the next-gen iPhone to launch in September.

Maybe that’s just what Apple wants you to think. Rumor or not, this is the first bit of speculation we’ve seen in a while that points to a hardware announcement at Apple’s WWDC event next month. Could it be true?

Electric Pig published an interesting story last night based on information they received from an unknown source. The tipster told the British blog that Apple’s iPhone PR department has been contacting British journalists to persuade them to travel to San Francisco for their event next month.

The publication assumes that the invites suggest a hardware appearance at the WWDC but obviously we’ve all been hearing differently. Could Apple just be trying to avoid cannibalizing iPhone 4 sales by issuing false information to parts suppliers?

It’s possible. I can’t imagine what Gizmodo’s story cost Apple in iPhone 3GS sales leading into last summer. However, it’s also possible that Apple wants the journalists present for the sneak preview of iOS 5 and the unveiling of their rumored iCloud service.

Though I’m not necessarily buying this rumor, it is rather peculiar that Apple would need to push back the launch of an iPhone rumored to have such minor updates. I guess all this information proves is that we really don’t know anything for certain.

iDB wants to know what you think. Will we see new hardware at WWDC?

  • mo

    I don’t think it matters when it comes out (for me personally) because either way according to what the rumors have been saying this doesn’t seem like it’s worthy enough to be upgradded from a 4.

    • Eric

      A5 Dual Core is not a minor upgrade. iPad 1 to 2 is unreal in terms if speed increase. Same will be for new iPhone.

    • agreed. with everything pointing to only a speed & possibly a camera refresh, this will mirror the 3G to 3Gs update & i will be skipping it. as to what will or won’t happen @ WWDC or whether new hardware will debut there or in September, i’m viewing ALL the “rumors” from “inside sources” with heavy skepticism & will simply wait to see what WWDC brings us. either way, without a major overhaul, i won’t be upgrading this year!

  • don

    who cares when the iPhone 5 is coming out. a jailbroken iPhone 4 is the best phone money can buy.

    • soccerkrzy

      Uh, obviously a jailbroken iPhone 5 will be bettter than a jailbroken iPhone 4…

      • Hakan

        lol sure it is !

  • Tbv

    I have no interest in the iPhone 5 unless there is an untethered jailbreak for it. My wife’s regular iPad 2 is boring compared to my iPad 1 and both of our iPhone 4’s.

    • SRUm1sh

      what a loser! 😉

  • Claude

    For someone who loves apple products (iPhone 4, iPad 2, iMac 2011, MacBook, AppleTV), I’ve seen “minor” updates all the time. But, when a dual core processor, a 9X faster graphics chip, thinner, and lighter all in one update, I believe that doesn’t constitute as a “minor” update (iPad 2). Now, if the new iPhone can get an A5 chip, thinner, 8 MP camera (rear), 5 MP (front), more memory (maybe), and white iPhone from launch, it would be a major update. Basically, that would make me update to the new iPhone from my current iPhone 4.

  • It’s all about your point of reference. Take into account both design and hardware. iPhone 3GS to iPhone 4 was a major update – both design wise and hardware wise.
    iPhone 3G to 3GS was a minor update – though it was faster and had a better camera.
    Most folks believe that this time around will be a “minor” update in the sense that it would appear to be – or function much differently than – the previous version. Hence the proposed “4s” moniker by several media outlets. Hopefully that helps clarify.

  • AnotherBrian

    I think it comes down to what will I not be able to do on my iPhone 4 when IOS 5 comes out. What cool new features will I be missing, that is always the case. Why do you think a new IOS comes out close to iPhone release time, or at least the preview of what it will do with your new devise.

  • bon

    i will skip the 4s for 7 months. then sell me 4 to get it

  • Naw

  • Dana

    I have an iPhone 3GS I’ll be upgrading when it comes out..