Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Apple iPhone 5 Release Date
Apple's iPhone 5 is the most awaiting phone model in this year.
The iPhone 5 release date is reportedly pushed back to as late as the fourth quarter of 2011.
The iPhone 5 release date is all of a sudden not written in stone like previously expected. While it was natural to believe that Apple would start taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5 in early June, the fact that iOS 5 will not be ready for release in June seems to have forced Apple to push back the release date to as late as Q4 2011.
Two TechCrunch sources indicated that iOS 5 would only be previewed during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June a couple of days ago. Yesterday, Apple officially announced that so was the case. The WWDC conference will be held from June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco's Moscone West.
"At this year's conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS," said Philip Schiller, Apple's Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing. "If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss."
Clearly, iOS and Mac OS X software developers rapidly got the message, as tickets to the conference were sold out only hours after yesterday's announcement. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the many software developers attending the conference will get to see the new iPhone 5 though.
According to TechCrunch, Apple will focus on showing off iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion to developers at WWDC 2011, something The Loop is also reporting. According to The Loop, the Lion release of Mac OS X will probably reach the final stages of development just in time for the WWDC.
Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg told The Loop that Apple may not necessarily show off a new piece of hardware at WWDC just because they've done so in the past. "There is no reason for Apple to follow a predictable yearly pattern, and it keeps their competition off guard a little bit," he said.
Obviously, Michael Gartenberg has a point, and right now we're very eager to figure out exactly what Apple will be hiding from the public during the developer conference later this year. We strongly believe that it isn't just the iPhone 5 release date that has become less predictable overnight, but also the iPhone 5 concept.
Steve Jobs recently stated that the combination of hardware and software is of importance, and we think the iPhone 5 could become the first product that aims to show off exactly what that means in practice. Apple has obviously been walking down a certain path for quite a while when it comes to delivering a more futuristic mobile experience, and it looks like we should expect the iPhone 5 powered by iOS 5 to deliver it by the end of 2011.
The exact release date is up in the air, but the iPad 2 could truly become the iOS device of the year for Apple, as the iPhone 5 may possibly be slated for release just in time for the holiday season. According to Apple Insider, a Japanese blog claims that the iPhone 5 will be released in October at the earliest.
It goes without saying that what's currently on the table is very different from what was the case only a few months ago, when some highly unconfirmed rumors suggested that Apple had a fleet of devices ready to be released throughout 2011, with the aim of taking over the mobile market once and for all.
Instead, we may now see the true contours of Apple's future. It's a future where a seamless experience between iOS and Mac OS X products matters more than the devices themselves. It's a future where a given product type such as the iPhone won't be released for the sake of just releasing a new iPhone. Many questions remain unanswered, but it at least looks like Apple plans to answer a few in June.
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