No New Hardware for WWDC 2011? iPhone 5 Coming Later this Year?

With this morning’s official announcement of WWDC 2011, many were expecting an iOS 5 and iPhone 5 announce and/or release there. According to multiple independent journalists with a “golden” track record of predicting Apple’s announcements and releases, this isn’t going to be the case.

Jim Dalyrmple of The Loop and John Paczkowski of All Things D both state that there will be no new iPhone, iPad, or Macs at this years conference – instead, Apple will outline and unveil more information about iOS (possibly announcing and showing iOS 5, though Techcrunch‘s MG Siegler has also stated that iOS 5 will see a fall release) and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

But what about Apple’s pattern of releasing a new version of iOS and announcing a new iPhoneat the World Wide Developer Conference? Well, according to what technology analyst Michael 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.”

The only evidence that points towards an earlier iPhone release date are the leaked parts that 9to5mac purportedly received. If these parts are legitimately from an iPhone 5 that is in mass production, it stands to reason that it would be released soon, and not six or so months off. For example, 9to5mac received the frame of an iPad 2 almost exactly a month before it was officially announced (February 1 was when the parts were leaked, and Apple held the event on March 2). Why would the iPhone 5 already be in mass production at Foxconn like 9to5mac states if it weren’t nearing a launch?

[The Loop, 9to5mac, All Things D]

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