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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for week ending Dec. 7

Leaks, screws, parsing press releases, NFC, unwired charging

By , Network World
December 07, 2012 12:23 PM ET
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"Apple is known to backtrack on its plans, or even to distort reality simply to shift attention away from its actual plans," writes Filip Truta at "The iPad mini is a good example of that."

And how. Remember the late Steve Jobs saying 9.7 inches was the perfect size for a tablet screen? And now they have one with a 7.9-inch screen?

Ditto for near-field communication, a short-range wireless technology touted endlessly for years as enabling the Magic of Contactless Purchases and the Digital Wallet: Just wave your NFC smartphone and buy, buy, buy!

So when Apple marketing supremo Phil Schiller tells the world in September 2012 that "It's not clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem. Passbook does the kinds of things customers need today," you know he's either backtracking or distorting reality or even telling the truth. One of them, for sure.

But Truta says wireless chipmaker Qualcomm will change all that. That's because Qualcomm "just announced a new Near Field Communication (NFC) chip that makes perfect sense for the next-generation iPhone 6, or even the rumored iPhone 5S."

And if Schiller and his boss Tim Cook don't know that, they can just ask Truta. Or read the Qualcomm press release.

"Qualcomm confirmed that its QCA1990 SoC (system on a chip) is the industry's smallest, ultra-low power NFC package 'with an overall footprint that is 50 percent smaller than current NFC chips available in the market,' said the press release," notes Truta, making it sound as if he had personally hounded a hapless Qualcomm exec, ambushed him, backed him into a corner, hammered him with questions until, broken and sobbing, this wretch confessed that "Yes, YES!!! It has an overall footprint that is 50%smaller than current NFC chips!" instead of just quoting from the company's press release.

"Apple is widely believed to release an incremental iPhone 5S this summer, staying in line with tradition (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S)," Bedigan writes. Tradition: It's how we keep our balance

The incremental, premature, virtually identical iPhone 5S. With NFC. And a few missing screws.

iPhone 6 will have the best, coolest wireless charging in the Universe

A recently published patent application shows Apple is looking at wireless charging for its mobile devices. And you know what that means: iPhone 6 will have wireless charging.

But it's not just any wireless charging, like Nokia uses for some of its Lumia smartphones. In the Nokia system, you have to physically put your phone on top of the charging pad, so they're actually touching.

With Apple's system, they won't have to touch. Your iPhone 6 can charge even if it's three (3!) feet away.

"That's right - no contact required," writes TechRadar's Clint Demeritt, who noticed the published application and linked to it

The awesomeness lies in using "near field magnetic resonance (NFMR)." Demeritt doesn't spend much time explaining what this actually is. Basically, NFMR creates a low-density magnetic field between two coils, one a power source and the other a power capture device. They oscillate ("resonate") at the same frequency, transferring the energy. One example of resonance is the energy transferred by a singer's voice to a glass: the glass picks up the energy, oscillates at the same frequency and eventually shatters.

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