Apple sending out WWDC invites; iPhone 4S to be revealed?

After reading rumours for the past few months about the possibility of Apple delaying the release of the iPhone 5 until later on this year, one report just threw a wrench into the mix to suggest that there will be a new iPhone next month.

For the past four years, Apple has been releasing a new version of their very popular smartphone, the iPhone, around the June or July timeframe. Early reports suggested that Apple will be putting off the iPhone 5 until September of this year.

However, a report from electricpig.co.uk picked up today tells a different tale. It appears that Apple is reaching out to British journalists, or more specifically, journalists that report on the iPhone, to fly out to San Francisco for the WWDC event, where a new iPhone hardware announcement may take place.

The iPhone 4S rumours are now born, with hopes that Apple updates their smartphone line to stay competitive. Similar to the iPhone 3GS refresh, the iPhone 4S is rumoured to have an improved camera (some say 8MP camera), the latest A5 dual-core processor and HSPA+ support.

Apple's WWDC kicks off on June 6, where Neowin will be reporting over the four day event.

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So even though this is the 5th version of the iPhone, it's still called 4S? Will the 6th version now be called the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 6? And 8MP camera, dual-core A5 chip, and HSPA+ support don't quality as major upgrades? What else are people looking for exactly? Just a different body? That's what differentiates a major release from a minor one?

sabrex said,
So even though this is the 5th version of the iPhone, it's still called 4S? Will the 6th version now be called the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 6? And 8MP camera, dual-core A5 chip, and HSPA+ support don't quality as major upgrades? What else are people looking for exactly? Just a different body? That's what differentiates a major release from a minor one?

I guess it depends on if the iPhone after the 4S is a completely new design or not. They same to only change major version numbers when there's been significant changes to the entire design rather than just the internals.

iKenndac said,
The first was the iPhone. The second was iPhone 3G. Third was iPhone 3GS. Fourth was 4. The numbers don't really mean much.

The second and third had a name indicating they had 3G technology. The fourth was called 4 to indicate it was the fourth version of the iPhone. The '4' in a 5th iteration phone would be meaningless ... the '3G' in the second and third iterations simply indicated 3G capability.

They've already said that WWDC is going to be about OSX and iOS. If they're showing off lots of new features in iOS 5 why wouldn't they have iPhone journalists there?

I really doubt there will be an iPhone 5 later this year if they release an iPhone 4S in the summer. But it wouldn't surprise me if the next iPhone release is pushed off until September or later this year given the recent Verizon iPhone release. There MIGHT be an upgraded iPad released before Christmas, but I doubt it will be the 'retina' iPad some folks have been waiting for.

Shadrack said,
I really doubt there will be an iPhone 5 later this year if they release an iPhone 4S in the summer.

The iPhone 4S will be the iPhone 5...

This must be the new trend. iPhone 3G, then release iPhone 3G[s], then iPhone 4. Now iPhone 4[s]?

c'mon Apple. We know you're going to have an iPhone 5 just show it off.. it'll change everything...again.

presence06 said,
This must be the new trend. iPhone 3G, then release iPhone 3G[s], then iPhone 4. Now iPhone 4[s]?

c'mon Apple. We know you're going to have an iPhone 5 just show it off.. it'll change everything...again.


Companies come out with new phones all the time. Why the sarcasm? At least they are upgrading their line.

ccoltmanm said,


Companies come out with new phones all the time. Why the sarcasm? At least they are upgrading their line.

I know companies come out with newer phones all the time. But it's a trend with Samsung and Apple now that they push their new device. Then come out with a slightly better version of it. IE: Samsung Galaxy S/Vibrant/Vibrant 4G.. I didn't mean my comment to be all /s but only the last part.

It's just tiring to see this happen again. They introc'd iPhone 3, 3G[s] and now possibly 4[s]. Why not just hold off and intro iPhone 5 which (hopefully) is way better than 4/3

presence06 said,

I know companies come out with newer phones all the time. But it's a trend with Samsung and Apple now that they push their new device. Then come out with a slightly better version of it. IE: Samsung Galaxy S/Vibrant/Vibrant 4G.. I didn't mean my comment to be all /s but only the last part.

It's just tiring to see this happen again. They introc'd iPhone 3, 3G[s] and now possibly 4[s]. Why not just hold off and intro iPhone 5 which (hopefully) is way better than 4/3

I don't see your point at all the iPhone has been out quite a while now. There is nothing wrong with them introducing a new line.

presence06 said,
This must be the new trend. iPhone 3G, then release iPhone 3G[s], then iPhone 4. Now iPhone 4[s]?

c'mon Apple. We know you're going to have an iPhone 5 just show it off.. it'll change everything...again.

$$$

presence06 said,

I know companies come out with newer phones all the time. But it's a trend with Samsung and Apple now that they push their new device. Then come out with a slightly better version of it. IE: Samsung Galaxy S/Vibrant/Vibrant 4G.. I didn't mean my comment to be all /s but only the last part.

It's just tiring to see this happen again. They introc'd iPhone 3, 3G[s] and now possibly 4[s]. Why not just hold off and intro iPhone 5 which (hopefully) is way better than 4/3

It's because they need to realise a new version to stay competitive (on features) because HTC for instance will release multiple phones throughout the year. The Galaxy S you mention has a better camera and is thinner than the iPhone 4 I believe which is why they need to release a new version.

They don't release the iPhone 5 because it simply isn't ready yet. You can't radically redesign your phone from scratch every year because you've got to make sure you get it right