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These changes "may suggest cosmetic or superficial changes from iPhone 5 to iPhone 6 (sorry, 'iPhone 5S'), or they may suggest fundamental modifications to the internal componentry and screen."
One or the other. For sure.
International Business Times' Louis Bedigan reports this rumor based on the announcement by Deutsche Telekom that its subsidiary, T-Mobile USA, and Apple signed a deal "to bring products to market together in 2013."
The announcement didn't mention "iPhone 6." In fact, it didn't mention any specific product; just, you know, "products." But if you know how to interpret what's not being said by reading between the lines, you can see what others can't.
"No other details were announced, but tech bloggers are already speculating on what this could mean for Apple and its product lineup in 2013," Bedigan wrote, gracefully passing over his own modest contribution to tech speculation. "CNET warns that the deal may not relate to the iPhone at all and could simply involve the iPad."
Be warned, T-Mobile subscribers: You simply might get only the iPad.
"Right now the rumor mill insists that Apple will prematurely upgrade the iPhone 5 ... with a new model this winter ," Bedigan writes.
"Prematurely upgrade" sounds rather like "prematurely gray" -- something you don't want to happen until later; much later, in fact. Bedigan probably means that the Next iPhone will be "occurring, growing, or existing before the customary, correct, or assigned time."
Because history, all five years of it with six models, clearly shows what is customary for the iPhone: They're announced in June or July. Except for the first iPhone, which was announced in January. And the last two, which were announced in September or October. So whenever they announce the next one, it's guaranteed to be premature.
"If Apple wanted to bring the iPhone to T-Mobile in the near future, an upgrade would be necessary," Bedigan declares. "While it could simply convert the existing model (as it did with the iPhone 4 when it came to Verizon), Apple will get more attention -- and likely sell more units -- if it provides T-Mobile with an enhanced model."
So even though Apple just "simply converted" iPhone 4 to run on Verizon's network, and sold millions and millions of them, it's somehow necessary for Apple to "upgrade" or "enhance" the iPhone to sell it on T-Mobile's network.
One suspects that most T-Mobile customers who are interested in the iPhone would be happy to have even an "un-enhanced" iPhone 5, especially if it supports HSPA+42.
"Of course, Apple cannot simply enhance the iPhone for one carrier; it must provide the new version to every carrier," Bedigan writes. "This might be the real source of the iPhone 5S rumors."
The real source of the iPhone 5S rumors is everyone with access to a website, a keyboard, and a Deutsche Telekom press release that fails to mention the word "iPhone."
You can't trust Apple. Let's get that out there right up front.