With Apple announcing on Wednesday the dates for its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), people have already started to talk about the possibility of the event setting the stage for the debut of the mysterious iPhone 5.
But while the WWDC conference has been used as a launching pad for two iPhones (the iPhone 3GS in 2009 and the iPhone 4 in 2010), this year's event, which will go from June 11-15, is said to focus more on software, rather than speculation and rumors.
At this year's five-day conference, developers will learn about the future of iOS and OS X®, allowing them to build incredible new apps. WWDC will also feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers as well as the popular Apple Design Awards, a showcase of the most outstanding apps from the past year, Apple said in a press release.
As Apple and their PR department hinted at nothing iPhone 5 related in the WWDC itinerary, there are a few more keys facts that make the debut of the phone even less likely to happen.
Given that iPhone 4S did not make its debut until October of 2011, it would be very uncharacteristic of the Palo Alto based company to release another phone only eight months later.
Also, Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, came out and added to the software/developer theme of the WWDC by saying, We have a great WWDC planned this year and can't wait to share the latest news about iOS and OS X Mountain Lion with developers . . . The iOS platform has created an entirely new industry with fantastic opportunities for developers across the country and around the world.
Prior to the April 26 announcement, Apple revealed on Tuesday that it sold 35.1 million iPhone 4S's during the first three month of 2012.
The statistic, which trumped analysts' predictions, shows that the phones success, even with just a better camera and faster processor than its predecessor, is superseding the company's sales expectations.
Based on tempered expectations for the current quarter ... its unlikely the company would plan for an iPhone release this summer and will almost certainly shoot for a fall release, Sean Ludwig wrote in VentureBeat. Instead, we expect WWDC to be a lot like last year, where software is in the spotlight.
So while all signs point away from any iPhone 5 being unveiled, they do point towards developers being able to explore the latest innovations, features and capabilities of iOS and OS X Mountain Lion and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance, quality and design of their apps, according to Apple.
Independent developers will even be able to bring their code to the labs and work with apple engineers, applying development techniques and best-practices to enhance their apps.
Check below for a full list of events taking place at Apples Worldwide Developers Conference
Activities at Apple's WWDC 2012 include:
- more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and OS X technologies;
- 100 hands-on labs staffed by more than 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and OS X technologies in their apps;
- the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iOS and OS X developers from around the world-last year more than 60 countries were represented;
- engaging and inspirational lunchtime sessions with leading minds and influencers from the worlds of technology, science and entertainment; and
- Apple Design Awards which recognize iPhone®, iPad® and Mac® apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.