Don't Hold Your Breath Hoping for an iPhone 5 This Summer

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but if you're an Apple fan patiently waiting the release of the iPhone 5, you may be in for a surprise. Historically speaking, you would expect a new iPhone announcement at the upcoming Wordwide Developers Conference in early June, just as Apple has done in recent years. But according to reports, there won't be an iPhone 5 announcement this summer.

The information is a bit sketchy at best, but according to MacRumors, one of its readers supposedly received word from an AT&T customer care representative that there won't be an iPhone 5 released in June or July, when new model iPhones are typically announced.

"Apple has informed us that they do not plan to release the iPhone in the June to July time-frame, though there will be a newer version in the future," the rep said. "Unfortunately, we have not been given a release time for the new phone. We will release this information on our website when it is available to us."

The reader in question had called AT&T to find out why his upgrade eligibility on his iPhone had been pushed back five months. As AT&T explained it to him, upgrade eligibility is based, in part, on when manufacturers release devices.

See what we mean about sketchy? It's possible the reader misunderstood what he was being told, or that the AT&T rep was simply misinformed. It's also possible that the information is true and there's no iPhone 5 coming this summer. It's worth noting that this isn't the first time such a rumor has spread through cyberspace. Bloomberg, along with a few others, have also stated that Apple plans to skip the usual release announcement at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, choosing instead to launch the iPhone 5 in the fall.

If we had to venture a guess, we'd say there's a strong possibility of an intentionally delayed release. For one, the iPhone 4 only recently became available to Verizon customers. And secondly, the recent release of a white iPhone 4 suggests that Apple might be holding off on launching a next generation smartphone.