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Most of the tech world expected that there would be no new iPhone released at this year’s WWDC keynote however there were a few of us who would have like to have seen Apple use their “one more thing” to shock the world with a new iPhone less than a year after rolling out the iPhone 4S. They didn’t, so the question on many people’s lips now is, “When can we expect the new iPhone?

Timescales

iOS Beta 1 was made available to developers following yesterday’s WWDC 2012 keynote. At the same time it was said that iOS 6 was expected to be final by this “fall” (that’s autumn for much of the world outside of the USA like me!).

It’s reasonable to expect that the new iPhone will ship with the new iOS installed and as such we’re going to place our bets that the new iPhone will be released around the same time it’s predecessor the iPhone 4S was released (October).

Why do you keep calling it “the new iPhone“?

We expect Apple to drop the numbering system on their iPhone product line in much the same way as the iPad 3 isn’t referred to as the iPad 3 but “the new iPad“.

I’m quite pleased that this is likely given several arguments about what the next iPhone number would be. In my opinion given the line up so far has been:

  1. iPhone
  2. iPhone 3G
  3. iPhone 3GS
  4. iPhone 4
  5. iPhone 4S

This would make the next iPhone be the sixth iPhone and therefore iPhone 6 and not iPhone 5 as it is often labelled.

Your thoughts

What do you think? October release date sound right and how about that controversial naming convention?

Photo credit: David Blackwell. (Flickr)

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