We’ve been patiently waiting for Apple hardware upgrades since October and heard tale of an iPad 5 launch as early as April but obviously that didn’t happen. So, last night, Tim Cook might have left some hope for iOS hardware at WWDC alongside iOS 7 in less than 2 weeks when he told Walt and Kara:

Kara: Are you thinking about having a more dramatic redesign of what you’re doing, to liven it up. Because it still looks the same… a lot of people are starting to complain…

Walt: when is the next big change… are you going to change the game

Kara: i don’t love it as much… and if i don’t love it as much

Tim: Do I worry about the demographics. No…. we try to appeal to everyone. What’s new. what’s coming. what’s next. when is it coming. as you know I’m not going to answer those. What I can say is that we have our developer conference in less than two weeks. We’re going to be rolling out the future of iOS and OS X and we’re all super excited to to that.

There is some room for interpretation in there that there could be an iOS device launched at WWDC. (We’re still tracking a few Macs for announcement at the event).

But a rare, pre-emptive “Nope” was issued today by Jim Darlymple:

So, don’t expect an iPhone or iPad at WWDC

You really don’t even need an Apple confirmation on things such as this. How would Apple launch a new product with an untested beta iOS 7 at the same time? So we can now put that to bed, instead focusing on the new flat iOS 7 interface spearheaded by Apple’s design guru in residence Jony Ive.

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