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iPhone 5 rumor roll-up for the week ending Sept. 16

It's a sight to behold, even though no one has beheld it

By , Network World
September 16, 2011 02:12 PM ET
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Network World - We learn this week that the iPhone 5 is a "sight to behold" even though no one writing about it has actually beheld one. Far from dampening rumors, that vacuum of fact causes them to swell and blossom.

This week, the iPhone 5 will be bigger and thinner and rounder and delayed. Doom for BlackBerry and its inept, chronically misspelling users. The AT&T-iPhone 5-LTE anti-rumor. Assorted radicalness and drama.

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"When it comes to the iPhone 5, the rumors just can't seem to stop." -- Tyler Lee, Ubergizmo

iPhone 5 will really be bigger and thinner and rounder ... and delayed. iPhone 4, not so much.

Dismissively dismissing the lamestream New York Times blog summary of well-worn rumors, 9to5Mac offers instead what it calls "real info."

"The iPhone 5 itself is a sight to behold, we've been told," Seth Weintraub writes poetically. He repeatedly says "we've heard" but never even hints at who is doing the talking which "we" are hearing. The New York Times, still clinging to outmoded old-journalism "standards," at least referenced "Apple employees."

"It is impossibly light, yet much firmer than Samsung Galaxy phones which are backed in plastic," Weintraub enthuses. "The camera rivals point and shoot cameras and will be a major marketing point for this device."

But, oh woe is we. There is bad news.

"It appears that the tear-drop shaped iPhone 5 with larger screen and thinner, rounder body is seeing continued design and production delays, at least on one assembly line (Apple has multiple production sources -- Pegatron, Foxconn, etc)," claims Weintraub. "We therefore think that iPhone 5 will be delayed slightly at the very least and may see shortages all the way into 2012."

But the "low-end model," the equally elusive so-called iPhone 4S, "which is essentially an iPhone 4 look-alike (glass front and back), is rolling off the assembly line in big numbers right now. Apple expects to have 10+ million of these things on hand for launch and full ramped production into the holiday shopping season. These will be priced aggressively and be everywhere."

What about the date, you ask? 9to5Mac has some real info about that, too. "We still think October 7th is the scheduled release date give or take any delays," he writes, in classic iOSsphere style: It sounds definite without actually being definitive. Is Oct. 7 the "delayed slightly at the very least" date or the original date that might become "delayed slightly at the very least"? Is it the announcement date or the shipment date? Or the order date or preorder date or the online special offer pre-preordering date? Or the date those coveted official Apple invitations will be sent out to the eager throngs of iOSsphere bloggers and pundits?

iPhone 5 spells doom for RIM's BlackBerry line.

Actually, it "marks death knell" for BlackBerry, according to Bill Palmer's confident post at BeatWeek.

"BlackBerry maker RIM has been losing smartphone marketshare since the day the iPhone arrived in 2007, and that erosion will grow by leaps and bounds with the arrival of the iPhone 5 on three U.S. carriers," he writes.

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