Originally Posted by Shogun
Suddenly the verizon iPhone debut makes some more sense. Some were wondering why they should buy an iPhone 4 when a new one was just 4 months away. Ah, not 4 months away.
Also makes sense with the rumor about no iOS five till fall.
We've gotta remember that not every rumor is an employee spilling beans against company wishes. Rumors are a well-established way for a company to manage expectations.
I now definitely expect iPhone 5 with iOS 5 and not till late summer at earliest.
iOS 5 (Universal), Lion, iPhone 5, maybe ATV 3 all come out together. Lion w/in-built server software ties MMe cloud and cloud apps to iOS 5 on devices, of which iPhone 5 is the flagship.
If there is no iPhone 5 soon after WWDC in 6/2011, I'll feel even more stupid having waited to buy it, my 1st iPhone
Originally Posted by DJinTX
Well for starters, the hardware may already be in place to make a "leap". We obviously have no way to know this. But more importantly, the hardware does not always have to make a leap. I for one don't consider the 3G a leap over the original iPhone, and honestly, it was a bit of a step back in terms of design. The original was far superior on design and construction. Likewise, the 3Gs was almost physically identical so it definitely was no leap. The iP4 was a big leap forward, but they won't always make such big changes for every iteration. They may or may not go with the A5 for iP5, but I am thinking they will. They already have the hardware, and everyone is expecting it, so it's not a huge undertaking. All they really need to do is slightly tweak the back so that it is no longer glass and maybe up the storage, and we are in business.
The Focus could be on OS's and the Hardware would be another Evolution that allows the New OS Changes to showcase themselves best
Originally Posted by NC_iPhone
It could be that Apple and Verizon have seen the lack of interest in the CDMA iPhone 4, and are hoping that rumors about a delayed iPhone 5 release will spark those customers that are waiting until June to take the plunge now??
I'm one of many that is sitting impatiently on the sidelines for the iPhone 5 with hopes that it will be a combined LTE/GSM/CDMA phone that can be used on any of multiple carriers in the US or internationally.
I think it's just a game to force more sales of Verizon's CDMA iPhone 4.
The uncertainty about iPhone 5 coming at this WWDC in 6/2011 helps Apple and the Carriers, cause it increases those with the least patience to buy sooner!!! If the Delay of iPhone 5 does happen, it won't be a long one...
Apple likely won't wait till 2012, since Thunderbolt and other 4G Smartphones will be out there.
Apple won't allow all those 4G phones out there at Christmas Time!
BTW, Thunderbolt as a name for a phone seems deliberate, since Thunderbolt, formerly Lighpeak, is Apple's New Thing... And since Apple's Thunderbolt is almost "Exclusive" to Apple (whatever that means) for 2011, the delay in iPhone 5 would eat away at that exclusivity!!!!
Yep, in the past Apple chose to rid themselves from the Deadlines imposed by others - Macworld! That way Apple could choose it's own Deadlines, but.... Christmas can't be moved, and the Gold Rush to 4G, and Speed in general can't be ignored! Therefore Apple can't afford to sit out 2011 as far as iPhone 5!!!!
So, whether it's the "usual" WWDC to announce New iPhone, or September, ala Back To School - it's gotta be BEFORE Christmas... And probably before September, so that people can settle in with the New iPhone Hardware + iOS before starting the New School Year, which is not for just the Students, but for the Entire Education Industry, Parents etc...
In Conclusion - WWDC 2011 will focus on the New iOS and Lion and the New Tweeked iPhone 5 will be introduced then, with the availability 4-6 weeks later! iPhone 5 in October or November is way too close to the End of the Year, Christmas! It's too COLD in most places to be FREEZING in lines outside the stores for the New iPhone, as opposed to Summertime Let's Live and Buy Sunny Vibe!!!