Apple’s iPhone 5 will likely not launch in June.
However, a posting on a Korean Website, ERNews.co.kr, sparked a brief flurry of rumor saying that Apple’s next Smartphone iPhone 5 would launch in the fourth week of June. “Apple has confirmed that iPhone 5 will be released as planned and it will be released simultaneously in Korea through SK Telecom and KT, the same day as US debut,” it said.
Within hours of that news spreading around the Web, a number of Apple watchers moved to shoot it down.
“My sources said today that rumors of an iPhone 5 release at the end of June were completely false,” The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple wrote in an April 5 posting. “Doesn’t it seem strange to anyone else that Apple would confirm the release of the iPhone 5 in Korea before confirming it in the U.S.?“
If you watch the Korean post date carefully, you will doubt the reliability. It is published on April 1st, so it is most likely an April Fools’ Day joke?
News reported earlier had said that Apple will delay the iPhone 5 past the usual summer release date for its Smartphone, to later in 2011.
Apple’s apparent focus on software in its Worldwide Developers Conference announcement backs up the saying that the annual WWDC is a software show in 2011, not a hardware event.
To top that off, other sources suggested to TechCrunch that the actual release of iOS 5, the next iteration of Apple’s mobile software, could also be delayed until fall.
The new iOS will be heavily built around the cloud, and we could see several new services launch from Apple that take advantage of this, but much of the cloud stuff will be talked about first at WWDC, Apple’s developer event which takes place in June.
Current rumors suggest the iPhone 5 will feature higher-resolution cameras, Apple’s A5 processor, hardware upgraded to enable 3G FaceTime video conferencing, and NFC technology that would enable the Smartphone to act as an electronic wallet. All those features would enable Apple to compete more heartily against the growing family of Google Android devices.
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