According to a couple of “solid sources” whispering in TechCrunch’s ears, iOS 5 won’t be launching alongside the iPhone 5 this summer. Instead, the new operating system will debut in autumn, with the iPhone 5 rocking iOS 4.something in the interim.
Traditionally, new versions of iOS have been revealed in spring, before launching with the latest iPhone mid-year. However, Apple could be set to mix things up in 2011.
The sources reckon that iOS 5 might be revealed at WWDC in June – where we’ll presumably meet the iPhone 5 – but that it won’t actually be released until autumn.
And, here’s the juiciest bit, they suggest iOS 5 will be released in conjunction with a new iPad. Even before the iPad 2 was revealed on March 2, there were rumours that an HD version might follow later in the year.
iOS 5 is expected to be a fairly big dealio, with a major focus on MobileMe and cloud-based action. Recent rumours have suggested that a digital storage locker for photos, videos and music could reduce the need for on-board storage on Apple’s products, and in turn dramatically reduce the cost. Sounds good to me.