iPhone 5 to Hit Store Shelves Much Later than Initially Expected

If you were expecting to buy a brand new iPhone 5 this summer, bad news, as the device may not hit store shelves until much later this year, or even next year. According to an article published earlier today by The Loop, “Apple closed the door this morning on any speculation that it would announce new hardware at its Worldwide Developers conference.” Apple sources close to The Loop allegedly confirmed that the show would be focused exclusively on software, and that no new devices would be introduced during the event. In other words, the iPhone 5 will not be introduced in June as initially expected. Given that Apple is about to launch a white version of the iPhone 4, The Loop‘s claim could hold true, as Apple would not make the mistake of launching a new version of the iPhone 4 only weeks before the iPhone 5 is introduced to the public. Moreover, the Verizon iPhone was released barely two months ago, and launching a new iPhone 5 during the June timeframe would most likely anger a slew of iPhone users who made the switch. Coincidentally, macotakara announced earlier today that the new iPhone would not be available before early 2012. According to the blog, an 2011 iPhone 5 launch seems increasingly unlikely, as parts for the device have not even been finalized yet – a summer launch would have required Apple to ask its suppliers to build parts for the phone in large quantities, which does not seem to be the case according to Chinese sources close to the blog. [Photo: Fast Company]