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Will iPhone 5 Be Unveiled June 6?

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It's official: Apple will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 6 in San Francisco, with festivities continuing until June 10. And if history is any indicator, the iPhone 5 will likely make an appearance -- as did the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and iPhone 4 at previous WWDCs.

Adding fuel to the rumor fire, Cupertino's senior vice president Phil Schiller said in a statement, "At this year's conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS." Adding, "If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss."

However, using history as an indicator once again, the official launch of iOS 5 may not take place until the fall -- reflecting recent rumors. Previous iOS versions were unveiled prior to the annual WWDCs, usually in March. But this year, the three-month buffer will push iOS 5 back until September. There's still a chance that we'll see an impromptu showcase between now and June, but sources are saying it'll probably drop when the leaves do.

As for supporting devices -- aside from the upcoming iPhone 5 -- all that's still unclear. But considering the purported features -- like a cloud-based music locker, Apple's version of Google Latitude, and a major overhaul of the OS -- hopefully it hits as maybe devices as possible.

At any rate, this WWDC -- like every year -- ought to be very interesting.

(Updated: 12:48PM)

Then again...

Reports are coming in -- particularly from Jim Dalrymple at The Loop -- that Apple won't unveil the iPhone 5 at WWDC. To Dalrymple and his sources, Schiller's focus on software in his announcement "closed the door on any speculation that [Apple] would announce new hardware" at WWDC.

I'll have to disagree. Although Apple has broken tradition here and there, WWDC seems prime for the new iPhone. And when has Apple definitively stated that a conference will show off a piece of hardware? The lack of a hardware mention doesn't constitute a lack of hardware. Especially when Android continues to gain popularity, we can't rule out Cupertino ensuring that the iPhone 5 makes an appearance as early as possible.

Although not as adament as Dalrymple is about his position, Doug Aamoth of Techland writes:

"So mark June 6, 2011 on your calendars in pencil—pencil!—as 'iPhone 5 Day' and feel free to go back over it in pen if and when the phone gets announced. If it doesn't get announced that day, simply turn your pencil upside down and use the rubbery nubbin to erase what you've written. Or just admit that the past is the past and there's no sense erasing something from a day that's already happened. Then erase it anyway because it's distracting when you try to look at all the other days in June."

I'm more in line with Aamoth.

(See also: Apple Explodes at "Android Is Faster" Study and Things Aren't Looking Good for Research in Motion)

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