Apple to postpone iOS 5 and the next iPhone for the fall, focused on cloud services integration
The reason for the delay is said to be focus on deep cloud-based services integration for Apple's products. An analyst from Jefferies already cut yesterday Apple's revenue estimates for this year, because of the delay, from $107 billion, to $103 billion (heartbreaking, we know).
“Our checks indicate Apple is aiming for a significant step forward with a strong focus on integrating cloud services into the operating system.We believe this additional functionality is taking longer to incorporate than expected, leading to the next iOS launch being later this summer or fall.”, he says in the research note.
That coincides nicely with what the Japanese Apple blog Macotakara wrote the other day, that its Chinese sources say they haven't yet even begun receiving parts supply orders for the next iPhone, which, if the release was for June, should have been in full swing by now. Jefferies' analyst says Apple wants the next iPhone to jump directly on the LTE bandwagon, and have a Qualcomm chip compatible with both Verizon's and AT&T's 4G networks.
We are curious what major changes are in store for us with iOS 5, if it is forcing Apple to rewrite its usual product refresh cycle. When we combine that with the rumor that there might be a third iPad expected in the fall, all the action with Apple this year seems will be happening right before the holidays. Verizon's iPhone 4 buyers would have been quite annoyed if a better one was released just a few months after they got it, but now it looks like the iPhone 4 will live another day, before we move on to greener LTE pastures.
source: Forbes & AppleInsider
1. Daemon (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Mar 2011)
If the latest update to MobileMe is any indication as to Apples focus on cloud-based services WWDC will be a disappointment. The new version of MobileMe no longer syncs my calendar with my main Outlook calendar which it did in the old version. Apple has been shying away from integration and trying its best to limit users to the Apple branded services and devices.
8. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
But that would seem to be a major mistake seeing as a lot of business folk use iOS for their smartphone, but are almost certainly forced to use Microsoft Outlook as well...Rarely are companies buying massive amounts of iMacs and not syncing calendars won't be enough incentive for them to convert to OSX either. Especially when you have very capable and stable Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7 smartphones to compete with...
17. Super Android Evo (unregistered)
Apple is an entertainment company. They are not interested in the business sector. Any CEO of a company including Apple's doesn’t have an iPhone for their personal phone. They have a Black Berry phone for the Black Berry email service. Apple has good design but their OS is starting to get neglected. You can have the best hardware but if the software doesn't work in the business world, it's going to prevent Apple from having a world saturation of like a Windows OS for PC & Android OS for mobile phones.
20. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
Actually the reign that Blackberry once had on the business sector is dwindling away as you have the OS's gaining more and more business capability. iOS being one of those options. Alot of companies have migrated over to iPhones for corporate use. What I notice is those who hold on to Blackberry are unaware of the newer options out there for business use (outside of personal preference). Blackberry & iOS are almost identical on the security protocols that are available for Corp. use. Now Android needs to be polished a little more and is more at risk b/c of their openness. WP7 is such a young operating system that it us hard to say at this point if it's even possible & the verdict is still out on webOS.
23. Super Android Evo (unregistered)
My old man is a VP of a corporation. The company he works for has EA, Viacom, MTV, Discovery networks, NBA, MLB, & Apple as clients. Every other VP he talks to or any big wig always has the Black Berry for their Email service, that no other company can or has duplicated. I know of no company migrating to iPhone for anything. The iPhone can't do what the Black Berry can, why do you think the Black Berry service is 59.99 more on top of what you pay your carrier. I don't know where you get your information, but I can promise you this Steve Jobs personal phone is NOT an iPhone, it's a Black Berry because he needs to be in the loop real time! Apple is doing the same thing they did to their PC's to their mobile phones. In the business world Apple doesn't exist. Apple is for the general public hence their ads & marketing. Business ads & marketing is not like that. It's obvious who Apple is targeting!
24. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
There's a ton of articles showing that a lot of companies are migrating to iPhones. You're the one who doesn't know what he's talking about. A simple google search will prove you wrong.
26. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
So your VP oldman has made it clear that 7 out of the thousands of companies that are out there prefer Blackberries lol. Good job. If you want to get factual information like another poster said...just google it b/c at this point it seems like you are just repeating what you have heard from someone else that is partially informed. Steve Jobs not having an iPhone has nothing to do with the fact that companies are migrating from Blackberry to iOS for corp/exchange functions so I'm not even sure what including that statement was supposed to prove. Most people i know that build computers admit that even tho Macs are ridiculously overpriced that they are solid machines & free of a lot of the issues that PC's have...so also your comment about the same thing they are doing with their PC's holds no weight either. It seems like you have no real knowledge about Apple or what they do. So again, you just seem to be repeating what others say.
27. Super Android Evo (unregistered)
Really a simple Google search? How about 25 simple Google searches with no information claiming what both taco50 & CRICKETownz are saying. All I see is why they don't use the iPhone because it LIMITS them compared to BLACK BERRY. That seems to have backfired right taco50 & CRICKETownz. Maybe both of you need to do some simple Google searches right? Anyway the commercial or general public's Black Berry market share is what is dwindling not the business aspect. You Apple Fan boys are in denial. Look I have been in & around the business end of mobile services probably since both of you have been born. Take it from someone who knows. Apple is what it is & nothing more. If Apple was what you say then why are the absent in the business world? Answer that. Look facts are facts & sometimes the truth hurts. Apple needs to change its overall strategy if they want to compete in the business sector. What would a CEO possibly do with an iPod that can make calls (the definition of iPhone) other than see movies or listen to music? It can never mimic the Black Berry service, so what good is it? By the way do a Google search on the Black Berry Enterprise Service and educate your selves on why it critical in business to have!
28. Super Android Evo (unregistered)
Ohh I forgot, the United States Government uses Black Berry Enterprise Service also. The President, Governors, Senators, House Members, & all the way down the line. Not to mention other Governments throughout the World. But I am sure they all use iPods & iPhones to listen to music & watch movies so no harm done right? taco50 & CRICKETownz thank you both for your time! Have a great day. This was fun! :-)
31. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Simple google search show that over 50% of good messaging activations are iOS. You probably don't know what that is, but read the article and it's clear that a LOT of businesses are adopting iPhones.
3. BuryMeWithMyiPhone (unregistered)
WTF!?!?!?!.....ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?!?! I took 2 weeks off in June/July based on the launches of the 3 & 4 in order to wait in line and be one of the first to get my hands on the "Holy Grail" of phones!! I'm really really upset right now.
6. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Sadly, it's becoming harder to tell who's really an apple ifanboy and who's just making fun of them.
18. deago78 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
I like apple and their products...A LOT, and I still think you're an idiot.
4. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
I bet they launch iphone on same time frame weather or not os5 is ready
5. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Lol. So what does this mean? That Apple can't keep up with the pressure put on by Android phone manufacturers? Maybe they have delay that long so they can copy everything everyone else is putting in their products so they can at least stay competitive, as well as come up with more marketing to make their products look more epic than the story of Genghis Khan.
21. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Or maybe they want to put out a finished product which Apple is known for. They don't put something out unless it works well. Google on the other hand puts out beta stuff all the time.
22. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Google puts out beta stuff that WORKS. Like Google Navigation Beta, which has worked to get me anywhere I've needed to go. And when you put out a wide release beta, you find bugs and problems faster because more people give you FEEDBACK, which Apple has a history of ignoring.
FURTHERMORE, Apple will have had a YEAR to present the next iPhone. Unless they're coming out with a COMPLETELY new product with no buildoff from previous products (which they hardly do) it shouldn't take them that long.
Although they DID release the 4 with the antenna design flaw...so maybe you have a point. After all, Apple can't keep releasing inferior products now that they're no longer the only game in town.
25. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
You're last statement contradicts itself. Why would they be the only game in town until recently if they released inferior products? Let's be honest up until android of late 2009 they were the only game in town because no other phone came even close.
29. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The iPhone was the only thin touchscreen smartphone which was "fun" and easy to use. But it started out missing some serious features. Previous generations of the iPhone were inferior compared to what Jobs could have made them. And they have never been able to figure out a solution to the phone's reception/call quality issues, and with the 4's death grip made matters worse.
Oh look at that. No contradiction.
30. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
So even though it was the best smartphone on the market it was "inferior" because it didn't have features it COULD have had. You're really reaching here.
32. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
It lacked features that other phones at the time had, like picture messaging and a landscape keyboard on its touchscreen. It has retained the unremovable battery, and its call quality/reception always sucked. Email integration sucked at first, and it had no 3G connection whatsoever. Those were all things that required SUCCESSIVE GENERATIONS of phones. And now that true competitors have emerged (and actually, we only had to wait until 2008 for Android and 2009 for the Droid itself, both of which were pretty damn good in their own right) the iPhone's shortcomings are becoming even more apparent. For instance, what's with this bullshit about having to hook the phone up to iTunes to activate it? And the death grip still exists. Also, there's no way to check the percentage of battery life left in the iPhone's settings.
And I can go on and on and on. The iPhone is well built compared to low end offerings. The iPhone did jump start the smartphone market for the general consumer. The iPhone does give a smooth and very easy to use interface. But there are viable alternatives which can make a customer just as happy when they're just as informed. And if you can't acknowledge that, then you're just a damned stubborn fool.
7. roldefol (Posts: 2977; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
There could be a drop of truth to that. If Apple planned for the iPhone 5 to be 3G with a 4" screen and a dual core processor, they'd have to pull some serious marketing voodoo to claim the innovation crown. Just like the iPad 2 sent the Galaxy Tabs back to the drawing board (successfully), maybe the slate of dual core 4G phones sent the iPhone back too.
But would Apple actually delay the 5? What would that do to loyal AT&T iPhone owners?
9. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
But think about this...Apple completely sold out of the iPhone 4 last year because of the ridiculous demand for them created by AT&T. They were sold out (much like the iPad is now) for over a month and a half before they were taken off of pre-order status and delivered to the store. They may just be taking the time to actually stock up on enough handsets now that it's available to both Verizon and AT&T. And if they aren't using this universal chipset to work on CDMA and GSM, they may need to time to produce two different versions of the phone with different hardware requirements...
10. lol (unregistered)
who takes off two weeks to buy a phone
11. ta293766 (unregistered)
The Iphone is yesterday's news honestly Android allows you to do much for free! Please guys stop being drones to Apple they hype up the Iphone every year, and its always one year behind Android!
19. deago78 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
But that comes with the added bonus of an android market filled with fake apps and garbage apps. That's not to say that the app store doesn't have its fair share of crap though.
12. snowgator (Posts: 3233; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I have quite the iPhone fan working with me, and he cares not evena little bit about any other system, the way the OS are different, or even if these other devices have caught up or pulled ahead of Apples tech. He just likes his iPhone. He is gonna be happy that the next one will be most likely LTE ready, and I hope the device will have a powerful, state of the art processor so he will get his money worth. Is he a drone? A fan Boy? I don't know. I find the iPhone a little on the pricey side, and a tad dull in it's lay out. But it is a good, dependable phone and continues to be what he is comfortable with. Why should he switch?
As the launch (or lack thereof for a while) of the Thunderbolt proved, might as well wait until you put out a product that keeps your fan-base happy. And your critics just a little ticked off......
13. nice (unregistered)
Could not have been said any better sir.
14. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
I've always wondered how the iPhone is a bit pricy when every other high end smartphone is $199 or $99...only the 32GB version has a higher price tag for double the harddrive...and I haven't seen another smartphone come with 32GB. I don't know if the larger hard drive warrants the extra $100, but other than that version, it stays in line with other smartphones...
15. roldefol (Posts: 2977; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I do think it's petty of Apple to stick with their "no expandable memory" policy. The HTC Thunderbolt comes with a 32 GB microSD and sells as low as $180, and knowing the market for Android phones that price will come down in the near future, while Apple price fixes their phone for a whole year. And while a 16 GB microSD is only $50 through Verizon, Apple can charge $100 more for the 32 GB iPhone. But I guess people are willing to put up with it.
16. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
My Droid X came with 24 gigs of memory for 200 bucks.
You're nice about being wrong, though, Jeff, so I won't be mean to you. :)