It has been like clockwork for Apple and the iPhone every year, but this year we might not see an iPhone in the summer. Instead, there is a possibility it won’t come until the fall. Apple has announced this morning that WWDC 2011 will take place on June 9, and the main focus will be iOS and Mac OS. With all the attention going to the two operating systems, just how much time will that leave Apple for an iPhone announcement? Probably not much.
If there isn’t an iPhone announcement at WWDC this year, it would make sense considering the release of the Verizon iPhone. Customers who purchased the CDMA model of the Apple smartphone in February might have felt a bit shafted if a new phone was announced right in June. I’m not saying that’s the reason, but it could have something to do with the odd, late winter release of a new model iPhone.
We already know that the next version of iOS will be previewed at WWDC, so we might not see it until the fall. If that’s the case, the launch of a new iPhone might coincide with it as well. With AT&T launching LTE in the summer, and Verizon expanding its already blazing fast 4G network, one has to wonder whether the new iPhone will be packing some of that 4G technology, too.
If you’re like me, and you’ve upgraded to the new version of the Apple smartphone every year during launch, this year might be the only one where you’ll have to hang onto your precious little gadget for more than 12 months. But this makes me wonder–how many of you are wanting to switch to an Android device? Is there a hot new handset like the HTC Thunderbolt tugging at you, waiting to see if you’ll be hopping onto another iPhone this summer?