reported that Apple plans to wait until fall to release iOS 5 – an unusual move, as new major iOS releases are usually launched at the beginning of the summer, alongside new iPhones. According to the paper, iOS 5 would most likely be introduced during Apple’s annual WorldWide Developers Conference, and would be available immediately after the event. Apple was also expected to offer a preview of iOS 5 next month, alongside a new version of MobileMe, at a media event in late April, at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Given TechCrunch’s new findings, Apple might opt to cancel the event, or might shorten it to focus solely on MobileMe.
Many people […] were a bit disappointed that Apple didn’t devote any time during the iPad 2 unveiling to talking about iOS 5, the next major revamp of the software. But there may be a very good reason for that: it’s not coming anytime soon. In fact, the plan right now is to wait to launch iOS 5 until the fall, we’ve heard from two solid sources.The report also implies that the iPhone 5 will ship with iOS 4 (iOS 4.4?), instead of iOS 5. Once the device is available, iPhone 5 users will then have to wait until the new iteration of iOS is available to enjoy new features such as a new digital locker for iOS users, and Apple-branded maps/navigation services.