Linked by David Adams on Wed 30th Mar 2011 15:38 UTC, submitted by John
Apple Techcrunch is reporting from the usual "reliable sources" that one reason why there was no discussion of iOS 5 at the iPad 2 unveiling was that iOS 5 is going to be delayed until the fall, even though previous iOS updates have been done in the spring, making it a tradition of sorts. Furthermore, the upcoming WWDC will be "software only" and will not include the unveiling of any new hardware, in particular the iPhone 5, which will presumably be released concurrently with the iOS update.
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by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 30th Mar 2011 16:08 UTC
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I'd say that not releasing a new iPhone at the usual interval is a sign of what I - and many, more intelligent people with me - have been predicting for about 18 months now: a single company such as Apple cannot possibly keep up with the hardware development cycle of all other phone makers. Apple insists on doing most of the things on their own, which has its advantages - but as history has shown, it will eventually come back to bite you in your ass. That's why Apple was the last with a 1Ghz phone, and now will be woefully behind with stepping into the multicore race.

Of course, the usual suspects will chime in with how processor speed and such doesn't matter - and they are just as wrong now as they were back when Apple was trying to sell outdated and underspecced PowerPC processors. The numbers do matter. We geeks may not like it, but that doesn't make it any less true.

Apple will have to sell the iPhone on software alone. Considering most people around me seem to buy a phone based on teh shiny-factor, that might be a harder sell than they think.

Edited 2011-03-30 16:08 UTC

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