I doubt it. If so they would have called it "the new iPhone."With the new 4th gen iPad just announced it would seem more likely that the iPhone be updated more regularly, maybe every 6 months.
I think you are guessing just like everyone else. Steve is gone now and Apple CAN change their sales strategy and it looks like they have.Wirelessly posted
Everyone should know Apple had to update the iPad due to the lightning connector. The iPhone & iPod line up converted, leaving the iPad as the only remaining iDevice still using the "outdated" 30-pin.
This connector is a major shift for Apple and to rip the band-aid off so to speak, they had to do this. Now the entire Apple iOS family has a standard connector.
Obviously, updating just the connector would be embarrassing, so they also threw in the latest chip specs too.
Do not expect these mid-year cycle updates to become common place.
I for one am glad to see Apple jump head first into making the lightning connector conversion a rapid reality. I'm not a big fan of having multiple charging cables laying around for different devices.