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Network World - The iOSphere roiled over September hopes, and The Rollup contributes its own exclusive rumor from a Trusted Source, natch.
Also this week: fresh "worries" over a shortage of 28-nanometer chips, how iPhone 5 is depressing Apple's stock price, why the Next iPhone will be a colossal disappointment, and rescuing your 30-pin iPhone accessories.
You read it here second.
"Leaked snaps indicate that although the next iPhone is going to be taller and thinner, its look and feel will remain largely
unchanged from the iPhone 4S. Which, you'll not need reminding, itself retained the design of the iPhone 4, a phone that's
now over two years old. That's aeons in smartphone years."
-- Jonathan Leggett, uSwitch.com, explaining why the most successful product design in Apple's history ensures that when Apple unveils iPhone 5 "you'll be able to see the sense of disappointment from space."
The Rollup is proud, and pleased, actually thrilled, to present its first, and exclusive, rumor contribution to the iOSphere.
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First, we present the rumor in the style of the Worst Best iPhone Rumors:
The Rollup has learned, exclusively, and from a trusted source, that Apple will announce iPhone 5 in September.
Our source was reliably informed of the date by someone who had a frank exchange with a Apple technical expert about iPhone issues. At the conclusion of the exchange, this person asked point blank, "When is the new iPhone coming out?"
"He stuttered for a moment and put her on hold for about a minute," according to the trusted source, who was an earwitness to one half of this exchange. "He came back and said the newest iPhone would be released in September. He did not have a specific date."
This clear statement, from an Apple employee in a position to know, means the Next iPhone will not be released in August. Or in October.
Further, it means Apple is clearly responding to the economic pressures created by Samsung's smartphone success, the rise of Android, the falling demand for the current iPhone as a growing number of buyers delay their purchase in expectation of iPhone 5, the European debt crisis, and the recent Supreme Court decision on Obamacare.
Apple is not stupid, people! The September announcement, surely to be followed by the release of the phone within a couple of weeks, means that Apple will have nearly one entire quarter to flog the new phone and convince many of us of what we already know: that it's truly magical, even if it does turn out to be the iPhone 4S+.
With the September release date now a certainty, we can confidently know that Foxconn factories in China are already in production mode, cranking out the phones. It's only a matter of time before we see blurry gray-and-blue photos that show white-suited Chinese worker bees manufacturing something roughly the size of the iPhone 5; and unfocused shots of some shipping manifests translated into English from Japanese from Chinese that in all likelihood document cargo flights carrying The Precious to the New World.