The most likely release date for the longest awaited smartphone in history, the illusive iPhone 5, is likely to happen at the WWDC in June of 2012. This has been the traditional launching forum for iPhone’s even though last year the iPhone 5 was anticipated from as early as March until October when Apple decided that an iPhone 4S would do just fine.
Shortly after the iPhone 4S appeared, iOS 5.01 was released. While the operating system had some nifty features, problems with battery life have not been addressed to everyone’s liking and iOS 5.1 may just be the answer to those concerns.
Carriers of the iPhone in Europe and Japan are now indicating that the new OS may be released on March 9th. Perhaps not coincidentally the iPad 3 release date is widely speculated to be or at least be revealed in the same timeframe.
A March release of iOS 5.1 could play nicely with a June release of the iPhone 5. A possible iOS 5.2 could support the new phone or there could simply be time to work the kinks out of iOS 5.1 before the iPhone 5 debuts.
With the elongated, almost 2 years, wait for the iPhone 5, Apple needs to hit a home run in terms of both hardware and software. The form factor, screen and insides of the new phone are most certainly going to get updates. It will be interesting to see if there is anything revolutionary in terms of software or services.