By Stephen Schenck | March 28, 2011 12:17 PM
We know that Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference is on track for early June, and if we’re going by habit alone, Apple is likely to drop the iPhone 5 on us all. Why, then, are there so many rumors flying about that the WWDC could be a software-only event this year?
Ever since 2007, when the first iPhone debuted, Apple’s had a new model to reveal at each WWDC. Each time the company’s issued a press release (usually coming in late April-early May, making this year’s a full month early) announcing the event, but never promising new iPhones; Apple always mentions a bunch of software on which it intends to focus, but never reveals an iPhone in advance.
Most of the voices speculating right now that Apple will put the iPhone 5 off for a later announcement are basing that upon this year’s press release, which only talks about software development. With Apple’s history, though, that’s hardly enough to make an iPhone 5 reveal unlikely. If anything, this year’s release is notable for how little software it mentions, making us think Apple may have some big hardware plans in store to balance that out.
One notable voice of doubt comes from Jim Dalrymple at The Loop, who cites his own sources as echoing the tone of Apple’s release, expecting a software-heavy WWDC without a new iPhone. Reinforcing his beliefs, other rumors point to a supply chain not capable of getting new iPhones out until next year. We’ve also heard this fall as a potential window for the iPhone 5.
What do you think? Will Apple break from routine and release the iPhone 5 when it’s good and ready, or is all this just a load of paranoid speculation, and Apple will have a new iPhone this June for all its eager fans?