Apple will most likely delay the launch of the highly awaited iOS 5 platform until the autumn, going against its annual product release cycle.
Apple traditionally unveils iOS versions in early Spring followed by new iPhone hardware, but this year, sources claim that Apple will break its long-running cycle, according to TechCrunch.
'Solid Sources' informed the website that iOS 5, which is thought to be a major revamp, will be launched this autumn. The new iOS iteration will most likely to be built around the cloud, incorporated with key cloud based services being planned by Apple.
Apple is expected to include a cloud based music locker service for iTunes, a new version of MobileMe and possibly a navigation service to rival Google Maps. Certain cloud based features are also expected to appear on Mac OS X Lion which will be launched this summer.
TechCrunch also thinks that iOS 5, which could be previewed during Apple's World Wide Developers Conference, may be launched alongside a new type of iPad, which there had been rumours about even before Apple launched the iPad 2.
The delay in the launch of iOS 5 could obviously influence the release date of the iPhone 5, as Apple has tended to coincide the release of the iOS with that of the iPhone in the past.