Apple has officially announced the date for this years World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2011. The event is set for June 6-10. This is the event reserved for iOS and Mac developers to learn about what’s new with Apple’s software. However, it’s also traditionally been when Apple announces their upcoming iPhone hardware. The chart above shows the iPhone announcement history, and all (with the exception of the original iPhone) have been at Steve Jobs’ WWDC keynote.
However, there are reports flying around saying that Apple may not actually unveil the next-gen iPhone at this event. This comes from All Things D, as John Paczkowski writes, “I‚Äö√Ñ√¥m hearing explicitly that this year it‚Äö√Ñ√¥s a software event.”
All Things D does speculate that they could be holding the latest iPhone back a bit in order to release in time for when AT&T launches their 4G LTE network later this year.
As for iOS 5, we’ve heard that the software is on track for a reveal at the conference as well. It’s expected that Apple will have their North Carolina data center up and running by then and will introduce the improved iTunes cloud features and free MobileMe.
No iPhone announcement would definitely leave many underwhelmed, unless they’re developers. Still, we are sure the handset is on the way somewhere. It’s just a shame that it may come later than we’d all expected.