updated 04:50 pm EDT, Wed April 28, 2010
Would bring iPhone debuts in line within iPods
In a change of pace, the next iPhone could be released during WWDC this year, rather than sometime after, say sources identified as "familiar with the situation." Since the introduction of the original iPhone, Apple has made it a habit to announce new models at WWDC, then launch them online and/or at retail a few weeks later. If the sources are correct, a next-generation iPhone could go on sale as soon as June 7th, when Apple will probably host the WWDC 2010 keynote.
The switch would bring the iPhone into line with the iPod, which for several years had new models announced and launched simultaneously. Why Apple would move up iPhone shipping times is unknown, but some speculation suggests that the tactic could be linked to the leak of a prototype. With many of the basic hardware changes now public, Apple could feel a quick launch necessary to maintain interest.