According to zol.com.cn, Apple will not be announcing the next generation iPhone at the WWDC conference in mid-June. Zol is reporting the following timeline:
- May 2013: Apple will began ordering parts from its supply vendors.
- July 2013: given the historical timeline of the previous iPhone productions, the suppliers for the iPhone parts were typically delivered within two months.
- Third Quarter/Fall 2013: Foxconn likely would not be able to began production on the next generation iPhone until July. Given this timeline, the iPhone 5S/6 likely would be looking at a third quarter release.
So what does this mean for the the WWDC developers conference? Apple could delay the iPhone 5s/6 announcement by releasing the cheaper iPhone 5 instead at the conference. Apple may also take the opportunity to announce updates to their operating system.