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Network World - As summer wanes, the iOSphere this week unhesitatingly dredged up the most tenuous and implausible allusions, inferences, hints, and of course teases for iPhone 5. All in good fun.
This week: how Facebook's new iOS app reveals stuff about iPhone 5 even though it doesn't; new iPhone 5 parts in a video show us exactly what the iPhone 5 will look like; shortage of other parts mean there won't be enough phones to go around; purchase predictions; and The New Dock at last.
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"At this point, I think it's safe to say that we know exactly what the iPhone 5 is going to look like. Apple won't be able to surprise us with the hardware come September 5 [or 12?], but they could still wow us with some impressive
-- Zach Walton, WebProNews, who apparently believes almost every unsourced, unverified and indeed unverifiable, iPhone 5 rumor on the Web.
It was widely reported this week that Facebook was releasing its first iOS Facebook app. But apparently only Andrew Dodson, at iPhoneTouch.Blorge, discerned that the new app revealed hidden things about iPhone 5.
The actual headline is: "iPhone 5, iOS 6 teased with recent Facebook app update."
Dodson is a bit of a tease himself, because he doesn't actually explain what it is that is supposedly being teased. Or even what "teased" means in this context.
Apple had announced in June that iOS 6, which will run on the iPhone 5, will be integrated with Facebook features and functions; and by the end of the month, there was convincing evidence that Facebook was putting the final touches on a brand new, native iOS app expressly for iPhone, to replace the HTML5 app, "wrapped" in shell written in Objective C.
This week, Facebook officially announced the new app is available on the iTunes App Store, as noted by, among many others, AllThingsD's Mike Isaac, who describes the existing app's performance as "embarrassing, considering Facebook is the most installed iOS application in the entire world."
Facebook's blog has a post with a load of technical information on details such as how they optimized the app for performance.
There's no mention by Isaac or by Facebook of iPhone 5 or even of iOS 6. And the new app runs on existing iPhones with the current iOS release.
Yet iPhoneTouch.Blorge's Dodson insists this "much-needed update to the Facebook app for iOS gives us a glimpse into how we'll use the popular social network on the iPhone 5 and iOS 6."
"How does this [new Facebook app] relate to the iPhone 5, Apple's highly anticipated next-generation iPhone?" Dodson asks, obviously rhetorically.
Eventually he gets around to offering an answer. "This update needed to happen because the iPhone 5 is expected to be the fastest smartphone on the planet upon release," Dodson declares. "It's powered with a quad-core A6 processor and 1 GB of RAM. It doesn't need a buggy Facebook app slowing it down."