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  • Speculation: iOS 5 Fall Release to Coincide With New iPhone Announcement



    Apple debuted the first iPhone at WWDC 2007 and has typically used the conference to unveil new hardware products like subsequent versions of the iPhone and now the iPad. This year they didn't and here is I think why.

    Apple pulled a rather unceremonious move and pre-announced their announcements, letting the public know they were going to talk about Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud. Some thought it was damage control because no new hardware was scheduled to be announced, while others hoped it was to mislead the public and hit them over the head with a major announcement.

    Well the major announcement this year came in the form of iCloud, and iTunes Match. These game changing (if they work as described) services were to Apple deserved of the spotlight. But, that doesn't mean if a new product was ready, they wouldn't have unveiled it. Apple after all is a creature of habit, as are their customers.

    The release of the white iPhone 4, the iPad 2, and updated iMacs and laptops makes for a super saturated marketplace for Apple. Introducing a brand new iPhone could canabolize sales of these recently released devices. Also, a lack of heavy competition from competitors, and healthy sales numbers of current Apple devices, has allowed Apple to delay revealing their next phone.

    This lack of pressure has allowed Apple the leeway to push out iOS 5 this fall, which I believe will coincide with the release or at least the announcement of a new iPhone. Apple can't wait until next years WWDC to unveil a new phone, and even pushing it to the beginning of next year is testing consumers limits. It makes perfect sense for Apple to at least unveil the new iPhone alongside iOS 5. That way the new device ships with the latest operating system, and comes just in time for the holiday season. I see no other reason for Apple to delay the release of iOS 5, other than to spur even more interest in a new device. Users want the features now, and it appears to be very much in working order.

    It's a win-win for Apple. They get to continue to sell iPhone 4's like gangbusters, use the extra time to ramp up production post-earthquake, and capitalize on the holiday buying fever. There are enough new Apple products to keep users distracted in the meantime.

    Still, the next few months, waiting for the official release of iOS 5 is going to kill me.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Speculation: iOS 5 Fall Release to Coincide With New iPhone Announcement started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. snowdweller's Avatar
      snowdweller -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      What's the big deal? I personally would rather have these features totally integrated into the iOS and for free rather than having to jailbreak just to get them. My 3GS 4.0.1 JB runs like ******* compared to my wife's non-JB 4.2.x. If the features are there w/o jailbreaking, bring it on because at least on our phones, the phones just run better that way.
      Totally agree!

      The need for me to jailbreak is only there because the features jailbreaking brings I feel should either be standard or a way to tweak it like notifications/themes/SMS tones through either the app store or another apple program as these are basic features for phones that are $100.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      So lemme get this straight, an iphone 4S is coming out this summer and an iphone 5 this fall?

      So what happened to the iphone 4S? is that coming out this summer or no? "Also, a lack of heavy competition from competitors" is the author of this article smoking crack?
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      So lemme get this straight, an iphone 4S is coming out this summer and an iphone 5 this fall?
      next iPhone will likely be released this Fall in time for the holiday season and will likely be either the 4S or 5 (4S seems more likely at this point). The next model after that probably won't happen until Fall 2012 if they plan to stay on a yearly cycle but at a new time of year than the old Summer time frame as with iPhone models in the past.
    1. syedsufyan's Avatar
      syedsufyan -
      [QUOTE=This lack of pressure has allowed Apple the leeway to push out iOS 5 this fall[/QUOTE]

      iOS 5 is confirmed for July.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by syedsufyan View Post
      iOS 5 is confirmed for July.
      and where did you hear that? WWDC keynote clearly said it's slated for a Fall release, and I don't think Apple is known for releasing stuff ahead of time.
    1. sladester's Avatar
      sladester -
      I'm not sure there will be a new iphone this year with the late release of the white one
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sladester View Post
      I'm not sure there will be a new iphone this year with the late release of the white one
      If Apple knows what's good for them they would release it in time for the holiday season. By that time white iP4 sales will have likely dropped back a bit and everyone would be clamoring to get their hands on the new phone before Christmas, either for themselves or to give as gifts. Sales would be massive. Drop the price of the iP4 a bit with contract along with the new phone release, and sale would be even more massive.
    1. Vikast's Avatar
      Vikast -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      This was only a problem with the iPhone 3G having 128MB of RAM. Every other device.. even the 3GS with 256MB will run just fine. The iPhone 4 with 512MB will not be obsolete with software for another 2 years or so.
      Well I have installed the iOS 5 beta on my iPhone 4 and it has definitely affected performance. It slows down when accessing multiple functions, "stutters" when handling transitions, and sometimes even shows, for a fraction of a second, a screen which has since been closed. And I am not a heavy multi-tasked either, and make it a point to kill apps not required. Hopefully they will fix this in the final release.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      that's why they have betas, so people can test functionality and report bugs before the RTM version goes live.