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Network World - There's was an almost palpable shudder through the iOSsphere when a Wall Street Journal tech blog reported this week that iPhone 5 will be announced Oct. 4. If they can find someplace to announce on the West Coast, which may be doubtful according to PC Magazine.
This week rumors: dates, display delays, inventory sheets and internal errors, fireproofing the iPhone, Greek Geeks on the iPhone 4S, another reason to leave Europe ASAP, and what Al Gore and Internet journalists have in common.
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"Even we were skeptical." -- Mike Perlman, TechnoBuffalo, of an iPhone 5 rumor that the website nevertheless immediately repeated
iP-Day: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011.
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That probably excludes the big-box consumer electronics sales clerks not to mention the Apple supply chain employees, who are the typical go-to sources even if they're not-quite-so-close to the situation.
The tech blog reports that "sources said that the Oct. 4 date has been selected by the company to showcase the iPhone 5. Sources added that the plan is now to make the new device available for purchase within a few weeks after the announcement."
This is a Big Deal for more reasons than just the iPhone 5, as unbelievable as that might sound. And why? Because Steve Jobs, no longer Apple's CEO, almost certainly won't be making the introduction, according to AllThingsD. "It will be newly installed CEO Tim Cook's first big product introduction, and the place where the public will get a first lengthy impression of him that may well set the tone for Cook's new role."
First impressions are so important. Like, will he be wearing a black mock turtleneck, trainers and blue jeans, or make his own fashion statement?
Display defect may defeat delivery dates.
DigiTimes, which seems to hold the iOSsphere record for knowing more people with friends of relatives working somewhere in the sprawling Far East manufacturing plants that form Apple's supply chain, says a bothersome defect popping up in some iPhone 5 displays "may influence" shipping dates for the phone.
The iOSsphere correctly realized that "may influence" means "delay." DigiTimes cites "iPhone supply chain makers" as sources for the rumor. The defect, called "delayed bubble," could affect Apple's "ability to meet initial shipment targets for the launch ..." But Wintek, which is one of the display builders, "simply indicated that all of its products are being delivered on schedule."
There's no explanation in the rumor of what "delayed bubble" is or what causes it. DigiTimes simply indicates it's "difficult to avoid during panel production, particularly when the defect is not detected during the process of laminating touch panels, and only later found during assembly."
The story repeated an early estimation rumor that Apple plans to ship 25 million-26 million units of iPhone 5 in the fourth quarter.