iPhone 4S

If you believe the rumours currently fizzing down Britain’s broadband pipes, Apple has pretty much put the kibosh on iPhone 5 – at least for 2011.

But if that’s the case, why is Apple’s public relations department  – specifically the team dedicated to all things iPhone – reaching out to selected British journalists in an effort to persuade them to attend Apple’s WWDC developer jamboree on 6-10 June?

A source tells us that Apple’s UK iPhone PR team is approaching journalists from major publications to fly out to the event in San Francisco next month. The obvious conclusion would be that Apple is announcing a new iPhone. Or rather, an updated model. The iPhone 4S is slated as a stop-gap before the appearance of a true, ‘&%!*, they’ve done it again!’ game-changer next year.

While the iPhone 5 is said to have an all-aluminium back and ultra-thin profile, the iPhone 4S is expected to rock minor cosmetic changes, along with better cameras, an A5 dual-core processor and HSPA+ support, enabling faster mobile broadband.

The news earlier this month that Apple is said to have put the brakes on the volume of iPhone’s being produced in preparation for a new model only confirms our suspicions.

Contrary to reports yesterday, it’s not yet known whether Apple CEO Steve Jobs will deliver the keynote at the event, though we’d be surprised if the company didn’t show off a newly updated iOS 5 operating system regardless. But given the man’s legendary impatience, we’d say you can expect an updated iPhone, too…

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