iPhone 5 shelved for now, iPhone 4S announced in June?
The guys and dolls at Electricpig have an interesting story about what announcements we might expect at Apple's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC). The moon-sized rumour mill concerning the iPhone 5 suggests we'll have to wait until next year to see a major handset makeover. But is there another stop-gap iPhone on the way before then?
A source is reporting the PR department within Apple that's dedicated to iPhone is trying to persuade UK journalists to attend WWDC with just a fortnight's notice. Some journalists attend regardless, but many won't unless there's big news expected.
The development would tally with this month's news that Apple is slowing down production of the iPhone 4. It makes perfect sense; Apple may not be ready to revolutionise their own product, but any iPhone release guarantees a major profit boost, so to skip an opportunity wouldn't make much sense. Yeah, the Jobsovian cult is all about product, but they like their shiny too.
What might we see in an iPhone 4S? Nothing massively exciting. The usual beige announcement about improved battery life, no doubt, and perhaps better cameras, an A5 dual-core processor and faster mobile broadband, according to Electricpig. Nothing worth upgrading to, then, and unlikely to tempt people waiting for their iPhone 4 contract to expire next year.