Is Apple Pushing Back the iPhone 5 Release?

Despite its mysterious PR aura, Apple is generally pretty reliable when it comes to releasing new hardware at a particular time. But now there are rumors that its hardware release dates may be pushed back later than usual this year. Cue the tortured wails of patient iPhone addicts: Will we see no iPhone 5 until September?

In its new press release announcing the date of the prestigious official World-Wide Developers Conference for 2011, Apple includes a quote from Phil Schiller: “At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS … If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.” The tech world has read between the lines here and is announcing news with variations of the theme of “No new Mac or iPhone hardware at WWDC.” Simultaneously, rumors are popping up that we won’t see a new iPhone until September. Is Apple changing its long-entrenched habits? And if so, why?

Part of the thinking about the WWDC’s software focus is coming from Jim Dalrymple at The Loop, who says the Apple press release backs up news he’s heard independently from sources inside Apple. It’s a surprise because Apple has, historically, used the media platform the WWDC affords it to announce new hardware.

via Is Apple Pushing Back the iPhone 5 Release? | Fast Company.