iPhone 5 shelved for now, iPhone 4S announced in June?

26 May 2011

Bitterwallet - iPhone 4The 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.


TOPICS:   Gadgets   Mobile


  • Tweedskin
    "The usual beige announcement about improved batter life" It can withstand a battering for longer?
  • Paul
    "faster mobile broadband" Faster than 3G?
  • Tweedskin
    We already have a network that is faster than 3G. It's called HSPA (High speed packet access or "3.5G" as some people call it. There is also a faster HSPA+ which can reach speeds of 28mbps although many don't regard this as 4G). You know if you're connected to it as your phone will display a "H" instead of "3G" (well, it does on Android anyway).
  • tin
    Nothing worth upgrading to, unless of course you've been waiting to upgrade from a 3G or 3GS for ages. If there's no antennagate this time...
  • PokeHerPete
    I have took out a remortgage in preparation to get the new iPhone.
  • Paul
    @Tweedskin TIL
  • Mark
    Perhaps they are going to announce - 'If you have not got an Iphone, then you have not got an Iphone' That has to be the most annoying advert ever ! Bunch of twats... (Apple I mean - Not BW)
  • thefunboi
    A phone with a fully functioning antenna without any need for a bumper would be a MASSIVE upgrade.
  • Brad
    Some wouldn't even call it a upgrade, as that would suggest that it was fine before and its been improved, more of a 'fix of a fault' but that sounds like an admission of guilt then. And the camera is shoddy in the first place and should have never even set foot in the phone at all.

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