Will We Really See a Hardware-Free WWDC?

Multiple sources are claiming Apple (s aapl) won’t introduce new hardware at this year’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC). Typically, Apple at least unveils a new iPhone at the annual event, and has done so since 2007. Might this year mark the first deviation from that schedule?

Apple Announces June 6 Start Date for WWDC 2011

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be held beginning June 6 this year at Moscone West in San Francisco. While Apple makes no mention of it in its press release, the company typically unveils its annual iPhone hardware refresh at the keynote for WWDC.

iPhone 5 Will Resemble iPhone 4, Case Designs Suggest

Apple’s next iPhone will resemble the last, if early case designs are any indication of what the company has planned. Alibaba.com has listings for a number of iPhone 5 cases, which are listed as also compatible with the iPhone 4.

iPhone 5: To NFC or Not to NFC?

Apple’s smartphone competitors almost certainly will include NFC in devices in 2011. The iPhone 5 will reportedly pass on the tech according to a report from earlier this week, but a new source says it could get it after all. Which is it?

What to Expect From iPhone 5 — and When

The iPad 2 is no longer a source of much mystery, thanks to Friday’s release. The iPhone 5, on the other hand, is still veiled in secrecy, and recently the rumor mill surrounding Apple’s smartphone has sped up in anticipation of a not-so-distant June unveiling.

Is the Gemalto SIM Actually for a Dual-Mode iPhone 5?

The Verizon iPhone 4 got the tear-down treatment today, revealing a Qualcomm Gobi chip that is both GSM and CDMA compatible. The Verizon iPhone can’t do true dual-mode because it lacks a SIM slot, but might the iPhone 5 get around this with a built-in solution?

10 Things on the iPhone 5 Wish List

We’ve come an awfully long way since the first iPhone was released in 2007. The last three and a half years have seen dramatic improvements in both the hardware and software of Apple’s smartphone. So what more could you ask for? A lot, it turns out.