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iOS 5 pushed to the fall

TechCrunch reports that Apple has decided to wait until fall 2011 to launch their rumored iOS 5 for iOS devices: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Major iOS upgrades are typically revealed by Apple during February or March then previewed again in early June alongside a new iPhone, then released on or around the new iPhone’s availability date. The report claims that 2011 will be different and that customers will likely only get their hands on the next-generation mobile operating system during the fall. It would make sense that Apple would unveil the final touches at their annual fall/September music event.

Here is what they’re hearing:
iOS 5 will launch in the fall and will be a major revamp of the OS.
● It could well be previewed at WWDC, it just won’t be released then.
● The iOS 5 launch is also likely to coincide with the release of a new type of iPad, which we previously reported on.
● The new iOS will be heavily built around the cloud, and we could see several new services launch from Apple that take advantage of this.
● Yes, one of those is very likely a “music locker” service. There is also a fall launch aim for this, during Apple’s annual music-themed event.
● But much of the cloud stuff will first be talked about at WWDC, Apple’s developer event which will take place in June.
● One of the new cloud service elements is likely a location service that focuses on finding friends and family members.
● As we said yesterday, OS X Lion is still on pace for a summer release — some of the new cloud components are likely to be baked into it as well.

If Apple does decide to release iOS 5 in the fall it would be a break from their typical schedule. It’s unclear if they would still launch a new iPhone in June/July or whether this would be pushed back for release alongside the new firmware.

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