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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
iPhone 6

Network World - iOSphere rumors make it Christmas every day: They are the gift that keeps on giving, no matter what time of year.

This week, more "leaked photos" showing the outside case of the iPhone 6, or perhaps the 5S, and revealing within (trumpet fanfare, please!) fewer screws.

Also: how the iOSphere parses a press release and uncovers the hidden fact that T-Mobile USA will offer iPhone 6 in 2013; NFC longings; and the magic of no-contact-needed wireless charging.

You read it here second.


"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."


iPhone 6 "leaked" images show something like iPhone 5 with missing screws

Two "leaked" photos, "which were found on the Web" and purportedly show the housing of the Next iPhone, were posted by ETrade Supply, a Hong Kong-based repair parts supplier.

There's already widespread acceptance that the seventh-generation Next iPhone will not be "iPhone 6" but "iPhone 5S." Because of Apple's "traditional" naming convention: 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S. That would be the four-year tradition.

"Found on the Web" is without doubt the "Best Worst Source for an iOSphere Rumor in December." Ours not to reason why. Ours but to post and rumorize. The pictures were apparently first posted in a site called, described as an online forum for Apple fans.

The photos reveal a phone that looks eerily like -- or as ETrade says "very similar to" - the iPhone 5.

"From the background, it seems that the pictures were taken at the assembly line of an operation stage," ETrade says, with the confidence common to iOSphere rumors. The confidence seems misplaced: The background is a featureless green surface. You can't even tell if it's a wall or a floor or a desk. And what the heck does "operation stage" actually mean?

However. "However, the reason why we say it is a suspected iPhone 5s rear housing is that the specific information below the logo, which are replaced by 'X'. Usually, the parts with 'X' stand for test prototype."

X marks the prototype. What could be simpler?

ETrade nevertheless is able to winkle out changes. "First, the 'iPhone 5s' has two less screw holes on the left side which are used to fasten the LCD." Doubtless another example of Apple's genius in reducing the bill of materials cost for its product. "Second, the position of 3 screw holes used to fasten the logic board has been removed (not sure whether caused by the change of logic board)." It's not clear if ETrade thinks the screws are evidence of "a" change in the logic board or that the entire logic board has been changed.

Once it had given the customary "take all this with Andre-the-Giant-sized pinches of salt," Macworld UK's David Price threw salt to the wind and got down to brass tacks. 

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