Rumor has it that Apple is delaying the release of its 5th generation iPhone till the Fall rather than the traditional Summer WWDC timeslot, possibly to coincide with the holiday season. Other buzz indicates that this particular iPhone will be equipped with an LTE 4G chip, allowing the iPhone to compete with such 4G models as the HTC Thunderbolt and the Sprint EVO 3D, a couple of really solid devices.
AT&T’s exclusive rights to the iPhone have drawn to a close, and Apple has made it clear that it intends to release the iPhone 5 on Verizon’s network. The hope is that an iPhone running on Verizon’s network will enjoy faster speeds than the run-of-the-mill Android phone.
According to TechCrunch contributor Steve Cheney, the iPhone is 5 times more likely to be 4G capable if it’s released in the Fall rather than the Summer, and 10 times more likely if it is released in January. Analysts speculate that Apple is hoping to use the iPhone 5 to showcase its new iOS 5, the software used to power the iTouch, iPhone, and iPad.
“At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”
A Verizon LTE-powered iPhone 5 coming out this fall? I know I’m excited.