RUMOR: Apple iOS 5 release not until autumn; cloud unveiling at WWDC in June

Apple’s “plan right now is to wait to launch iOS 5 until the fall, we’ve heard from two solid sources,” MG Siegler reports for TechCrunch.

“It could well be previewed at WWDC, it just won’t be released then,” Siegler reports. “The iOS 5 launch is also likely to coincide with the release of a new type of iPad.”

“The new iOS will be heavily built around the cloud, and we could see several new services launch from Apple that take advantage of this. Yes, one of those is very likely a ‘music locker’ service. There is also a fall launch aim for this, during Apple’s annual music-themed event,” Siegler reports. “But much of the cloud stuff will first be talked about at WWDC, Apple’s developer event which will take place in June.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]


  1. Seeing IOS 5 in the Fall makes a lot of sense given the Lion release in June.

    Over the past two years, Apple’s intense pace introducing new or upgraded products, and their related operating and support systems, has left many competitors wheezing and panting in the dust. I wonder if Apple has a higher gear they haven’t used yet.???

  2. Bulls**t. Apple will not be releasing a new iPad in the fall. It is possible that iOS 5 might be delivered for the iPad in the fall, but the iPhone 5 will be loaded with iOS 5.

    1. I agree. No way is it an iPad!
      However, iPhone 5 is coming, I hope, and if it has some of the rumoured add-ons then the OS will have to be updated to suit and then iOS will follow for the other products.

    2. I agree. This is total bullshit. Just a link whore. There is no evidence that iOS 5 will be released in autumn, and no evidence Apple will release yet another iPad this year.

      Not. Happening.

      And enough about cloud services! Who gives a shit. Apple will probably have better cloud services as part of MobileMe. That’s. it. Period. There’s far too many Apps that are dealing with the thorny cloud services… Apple knows this.

      And anything cloud, other than a hub for calendar, bookmarks, Email, and address book sync sucks. Sucks big time. I hate looking at locked in constrained file hierarchies. I just want to drag and drop and have more control. But you can’t with all these ugly cloud services, including Dropballs. Screw them.

      I think Apple knows how much cloud services suck too. It’s going to be some years before cloud services are good.

      So forget about cloud services.

    3. Yeah, but following common logic means they should just start releasing ALL new versions of everything they make in the Fall, with Macs refreshed in the Summer (for back to school). That leaves a pretty dead/empty Spring season unless they update the iPad twice a year.. which is insane.

  3. Yeah, it doesn’t make sense. Even though others might be catching up to Apple, 18 months gap still seems too long in the mobile phone market. In addition I don’t think Apple would be pushing iOS 5 function which would heavily rely on providers. How many providers offer unlimited data for reasonable price and how many of their customers are actually using it? Seems like BS.

    1. Actually, it makes perfect sense. That recent, substantial iOS 4.3 release seems a pretty strong indication that iOS 5 isn’t exactly right around the corner. I don’t see any problem with Lion coming out in early summer, and iOS 5 following it in the fall.

      And unless you’re assuming Apple built that huge North Carolina data center for the fun of it, it’s hard to take your anti-cloud statements seriously. Apple will do what it usually does – disrupt existing industries and force the carriers to deal with new realities.

      However, that “new type of iPad” comment, yeah – that’s nonsense.

  4. Seriously? iOS delayed by months? So we have to wait more months for the next version of Android too? Goddamnit! What are all those google programmers supposed to do in the meantime?

  5. I suspect some features that is iPod related will be delayed but rest are not likely to be delayed. I won’t be surprise if there is a bigger iPod touch. iPod touch is a tablet but the screen size is not suited for some apps. Maybe 6 inch iPod touch

  6. there won’t be another new iPad this year (once a Year is enough!). Perhaps a bigger iPod touch and an improved iPod Classic. I beat iPod classic will get multitouch or something similar 😉

  7. There’s no point releasing another iPad this year. The new version is fantastic and has plenty of features to drive stellar sales up to Xmas.
    Apple will be focusing on getting production of the iPad up so that they can maintain supply for as much of the holiday season as possible.
    As for iOS5 – maybe if it needs to be available for the rumored cloud services. One question though – if you are going to get media through the cloud how much data will be needed. Can’t see even 2GB being enough to routine access.

  8. In the fall an updated iPad will arrive. Improved feature set so as to edge out the new crop of tablets competing for sales during the fall shopping season. The form is set for this build.

  9. I’d say a fall release of iOS 5 makes a lot of sense. The I-device numbers are growing so large that it’s hard to keep up.

    Release iPhone 5 and announce iOS 5 in June. Get a huge response for the hardware, but less than you would have.

    Release iOS 5 in September or October and get another huge rush up through Christmas

    That makes the 1 year for device generations not so bad:

    Half of the year you have iOS x with i-device w. Then six months later the iOS is updated and your device now feels new because of all the new functionality. Then the device gets updated and the iOS feels new because it’s so much speedier.

    Feels like a six month release cycle though it’s a year.

    The only issue is that the new iOS may need new hardware to work a la NFC, for example…

    Still, spring devices and fall ios’s make sense to me.

  10. More importantly, how do I protect my privacy against MDN? I’ve noticed all the sites I visit show up as banner ads… I visit some pretty obscure sites…


    1. I recommend GlimmerBlocker – prefPane for OS X which can be used to block ads and browsing behavior trackers for your entire computer.

      There’s also ad blockers you can get for all the major browsers. It’s also a good idea to clear out your cookies regularly, and set your browsers to accept only cookies from the site you’re visiting (i.e., reject third-party cookies).

  11. Today’s media: get as many hits as possible disregarding journalistic integrity.

    Let me try!

    1. iOS 5 will launch is 6 days.
    2. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are announcing their marriage in 72 hours.
    3. webOS will be delayed until November 30th of this year.
    4. The next major release of WP7 won’t be until January of 2023.

    Wow! No hard evidence need be cited. Cool!
    Go ahead and spread it around.

  12. There’s a logical reason why there is confusion on this — everyone is right.
    – We’ll see iOS 5 with iPhone 5 in July.
    – We’ll see iOS 5 for iPads and the iPod Touch in early September (less than 60 days later), after the dust settles from the iPhone 5 launch.
    – We’ll see changes to MobileMe and any sort of “music locker” or other services released in the September iPod/Music event.

    Isn’t this the rough iOS schedule that was followed in 2010?

    1. Exactly! Any one who followed Apple last year knows this, but if you had your head stuck in the sand regarding Apple, you missed that timeline. Now they pull their head out of the sand (or someplace else) and hear there will be an iOS release for iPad in the fall so they connect the dots and come up with a new mythological iPad being released at the same time.

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