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Network World - The iOSphere Ecstasy Index soared on reports that iPhone 5 will be announced on Sept. 12, but so did the Rage Index with the rumor that it will sell for $800.
Also this week: The new small dock connector just got smaller, iPhone displays ship this month, and more Bluetooth stuff but no one seems quite sure what exactly.
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"But while plenty of rumors are speculation, this one is just ridiculous and meant to provide comedy more than actual information."
-- Anonymous post at Tapscape.com, on the trending Twitter topic that iPhone 5 will be priced at $800, apparently oblivious to the fact that true comedy lies in thinking that there are iOSphere rumors that contain "actual information."
News and/or rumor websites reached a more or less, kind of, accord this week, citing various kinds of sources to trumpet the news that Apple will unveil iPhone 5 on Sept. 12, and release it nine days later.
Perhaps the 9/12 event is a kind of public service, designed to take people's minds from the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Seriously, what could be more important than the Next Big Thing?
This iOSphere definiteness seemed to trigger a swarm of related rumors, apparently eager to piggyback on "sources who have proven accurate in the past," as iMore's Rene Ritchie put it. These rumors included: Apple also will announce at or near the same time a new, smaller version of the iPad (the so-called "iPad mini"), a new iPod nano, a new iPod touch and even the iPad 4.
Surprisingly, though the sources were specific about the date, that's all they were specific about. Ritchie had to fall back on repeating what could be called the iOSphere Consensus Rumor: The Next iPhone will have a 4-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, using what's called "in-cell display" technology (which would result in a thinner screen assembly), a smaller dock connector and a smaller SIM card. Together, these "should leave lots of room for the LTE radio we learned about earlier in the year, and the bigger battery to go along with it," Ritchie says.
Two other sites, The Wall Street Journal's AllThingsD blog and The Verge, also cited sources saying Apple will hold an "event" the week of Sept. 9, but couldn't say it will be for the new iPhone, though both think it will be.
John Paczkowski, at AllThingsD, posted that "Sources tell AllThingsD that Apple is currently planning an event for the week of September 9th, with Wednesday being the date on which it will likely be held. And while we haven't yet confirmed the event's focus, history suggests it will indeed be the new iPhone."
"Our own sources familiar with the matter have confirmed that date," posted Dante D'Orazio at The Verge. "It's still not certain what will be announced at the event, but it seems very likely that it will be the next-generation iPhone."
As evidence for a "big fall product cycle" from Apple, Paczkowski says "you need only look at the recent spike in the company's prepayment for inventory components."