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iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending May 11

Apple iPhone 5 rumors: Sweet September, LTE fervor, Liquidmetal down the drain

By , Network World
May 11, 2012 12:04 PM ET
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Network World - The ever-fecund Apple supply chain this week fed the iOSphere with rumors of times and features. Imagination did the rest.

This week: the September launch, why iPhone 5 will be an instant hit, the wondrous Liquidmetal slips out of reach except maybe for hinges, domain name conspiracies, and 5 is the magic number screenwise.

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"[N]ow that we are seeing a trend toward 5-inch screens in smartphones, the prospect of a 5-inch iPhone 5 is no longer completely impossible."

Michael Nace, iPhone5NewsBlog, using the iOSphere hallmark style of double-negatives and qualifying adverbs to say in effect "I have no clue."

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iPhone 5 will "launch" in September

That's the claim by rumorsite Digitimes, which cites the ever-elusive but unquenchably talkative "Taiwan-based supply chain makers."

According to the post, Pegatron Technology "reportedly" now has orders for the Next iPhone "to be launched in September" as well as orders for a 10-inch iPad - apparently meaning an iPad with a diagonal screen size that is 0.3 inches bigger than the existing models - which will launch in the fourth quarter.

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But this is a Digitimes story so one expects confusion. In this case, the Next iPhones order is not really the news, because Pegatron must have won the Apple deal much earlier: the manufacturer "has already finished expanding its equipment and labor force for Apple's orders," according to Digitimes.

The rest of the brief post is padded out with pseudo-facts about Pegatron's decision to downsize its SI motherboard business to devote more resources to Apple products and about the company's finances.

Asian supply chain sources are endlessly productive of Apple rumors. Last February MacRumors repeated a rumor repeated by Digitimes from a Taiwanese newspaper that Apple had pressured Pegatron to stop building Asus' Zenbook laptop because Cupertino was "displeased with the similarity in appearance between ASUS's Zenbook and the MacBook Air."

Whenever the iPhone 5 appears, it will be an "immediate hit"

This stunning conclusion is the fruit of a PCWorld/Macworld survey of readers of both publications combined with a group of smartphone users that read neither site.

Also not surprisingly, 70% of Macworld readers say they will buy the new device, apparently based on nothing more than the expectation that iPhone 5 will have an LTE/4G cellular radio. And others in the survey feel the same way. "Large numbers of people plan to buy or upgrade to the first 4G iPhone, many of them citing the new LTE wireless technology as a main reason," according to the PCWorld post.

The survey also found, according to PCWorld, that a "surprisingly large number of smartphone owners who don't read those publications -- about 30% -- say they are likely to switch" carriers when they buy the Next iPhone.

"The carriers refer to those people as 'churn,' and they spend a lot of money each year trying to capture them from competitors. That's why it's crucial to the carriers to offer the latest version of the hugely popular iPhone, and to outfit it with very fast LTE service."

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