RUMOR: No new Apple iPhone or any other hardware coming at software-focused WWDC

“Apple closed the door this morning on any speculation that it would announce new hardware at its Worldwide Developers conference saying it would focus on iOS and Mac OS,” Jim Dalrymple reports for The Loop.

“Apple’s apparent focus on software in its WWDC announcement backs up what my own sources are saying about the annual conference,” Dalrymple reports. “That is, expect a software show in 2011, not a hardware event.”

Dalrymple reports, “At past WWDCs, Apple might show off a new piece of hardware, but Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg warns about getting too caught up in the past. ‘You get caught up in patterns, and it holds true, until it doesn’t,’ Gartenberg told The Loop. ‘There is no reason for Apple to follow a predictable yearly pattern, and it keeps their competition off guard a little bit.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]


  1. Don’t know how to read this one. If Apple were planning on announcing the iPhone 5 at WWDC they certainly wouldn’t want to tell anyone about it and kill current iPhone 4 sales. The iPhone 5 may be the “one more thing” after iOS 5 is previewed.

  2. Well, Apple just introduced the Verizon iPhone in January, so it makes perfect sense they’d not want to cut it off too soon with an iPhone 5. In fact, they may very well be looking to synchronize the hardware release schedules of the iPod and the iPhone.

    I’m not sure why this seems to be so hard for people to believe.

  3. This reads like blatant mis-information… But… I don’t care either way; I am more than pleased with my current iPhone 4. They can take their time…

  4. Well, this makes sense for Apple not releasing a new iPhone in their normal time line. One reason may be the release of the iPhone for Verizon in Feb 2011. If Apple released the iPhone in June a few months of just offering to it Verizon Apple would have a lot of disgruntled customers if they didn’t get a free iPhone 5 upgrade.

    Another reason maybe the recently announced deal that AT&T is purchasing T-Mobile USA. That would mean a lot of new hungry consumers demanding the iPhone. Apple may hold off until much later in the year to release a new iPhone or better yet wait until Feb or March of 2012 to release the iPhone 5 just in time for the one year introduction of the iPhone to Verizon and the completion of the T-Mobile merger.

    By doing this Apple would avoid a marketing problem with Verizon users and have enough inventory to meet the demands of the T-Mobile merger. Then there’s the rumor of Apple introducing a small cheaper iPhone. More time to build up inventory.

  5. Feb or March 2012? No way. Verizon customers know Apple release cycle. Besides it’s not like there is a lot of them compared to total of iPhone users. Fall 2011 is the latest possible time for new iPhone 5. It’ll have to be out for Christmas sales.

  6. A number of news sources are saying Apple has confirmed WWDC as announcement of new iOS and so forth.

    Apple is set to roll out a road map for the next versions of its operating systems, iOS and Mac OS X, at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

    “At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, said in a statement. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”

    The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant announced Monday morning that its annual WWDC will run from June 6 to June 10 at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

  7. I tend to agree.

    This year’s WWDC is going to be about Lion. I don’t think we’ll see any iOS stuff mentioned, much like last year’s WWDC didn’t have much to say about Mac OS X.

    WWDC is about Apple’s current message to developers and Apple is all about being “on message.” They’re not going to be sending two messages about iOS and Mac OS X. So, no, I wouldn’t expect new iPhones or iPads or iOS 5. I would expect Lion, perhaps some Mobileme, perhaps a new Mac Pro or iMac.

  8. iPhone 5 will get it’s own event. There is every reason for Apple to maintain an annual June rollout for iPhone hardware. A huge portion of iPhone users have contracts that expire in June or early July, based on all new iPhone hardware to date. Apple will want their newest hardware in place for that wave.

    Plus if rumors of new stuff for iPhone are true, the device and associated services will warrant a separate show.

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