Sources over at TechCrunch say the iOS upgrade cycle will be shaken up a bit this year, with an iOS 5 unveiling set to occur in the fall—not this spring as is usually the case with Apple upgrades.

If true, it would mean Apple iPhone and iPod touch users would have to wait a little while longer to enjoy some of the rumored new features in this substantial iOS upgrade. TechCrunch has a taste of what those new features might be, including:

  • "Music locker" service, conveniently timed to Apple's usual fall season music-themed event
  • Cloud-based location service focused on friends and family members
  • Cloud-based a lot of things, actually, as iOS 5 is rumored to be incredibly focused on "the cloud"

And of course there's OS X Lion. Rumor has it iOS 5 and Apple's desktop OS will be sharing and collaborating a bit more with the release of iOS 5.

Again, rumor and speculation, but for cloud-lovers this has to be music to your ears. Keep an eye open at the WWDC in June. [TechCrunch]