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Network World - Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference rescued the iOSphere from terminal radiation cooling and created a powerful thermal inversion: the hot air of refueled rumoring trapping the cool air of reason.
This week: imaginative and indeed fevered speculation around iPhone 5, based on WWDC announcements that never mentioned the Next iPhone; the ruggedized iPhone 5 to appeal to the outdoors lifestyle; the reality of fake iPhone photos; iPhone 5 crime and punishment in the U.K.; swappable rear camera lens; e-wallets; and tricksie Apple.
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"Wow!...Interesting, isn't it?...Very nice, huh."
-- The anonymous self-styled "Ultimate Tech Geek" and "accomplished technology writer, a sought-after tech blogger, and a published tech examiner" at TechnologyAndGadgets.net blog, whose summary comments on the iPhone 5's rumored swappable rear camera lens show why he's accomplished, sought-after and published, being "one of only a few technology evangelist [sic] in the world."
Good iOSphere rumors look beneath the surface of things, plumbing the depths for connections hidden to the mortal eye.
Only the rumor adepts can sift Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference announcement about iOS 6 to uncover the details of iPhone 5, as Adam Mills does at GottaBeMobile.com.
"[S]ome of the features included in iOS 6 seem to hint at what we can expect from the company's next smartphone," he writes reassuringly.
For example, as with iOS 5 at WWDC last year, Apple revealed at WWDC this year that iOS 6 will be released "during the fall of 2012," Mills notes. "Assuming Apple follows a formula similar to the launch of iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S, we should see the iPhone 5 launch during the fall as well."
But it's precisely these kinds of assumptions that are problematic, especially the one that Apple bases its product launches on a "formula."
Mills makes other assumptions. For example, since iOS 6 will support FaceTime video chat over 3G and 4G cellular data networks, and since FaceTime will impose a potentially crippling strain on a 3G network, then Apple is planning to have 4G/LTE support in iPhone 5, Mills declares.
Similarly, FaceTime over cellular in iOS 6 means that Apple will have to upgrade the front-facing iPhone camera. "If Apple expects its customers to actually use the service outside, it's going to need to upgrade the camera as the current one won't be up to the task of handling outside environments."
Likewise, Apple wants more iPhone owners to use the Siri personal voice assistant, but "many iPhone 4S" owners who have chatted with Mills "rarely, if ever, use the personal assistant. Some complained about the lack of features but others talked about how Siri often fouled up what they were saying." The solution? [D]ual-array mics [already] on the new MacBook Pro, something that is common on Dell and Lenovo business laptops and a feature that produces a noticeable improvement over standard dual-microphones," according to Mills.