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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for week ending Jan. 11

Smaller, cheaper; bigger, cheaper; bigger, more expensive

By , Network World
January 11, 2013 09:57 AM ET
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Network World - Even without Apple being at the gigantic Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas, it proved to be a treasure trove of iPhone 6 revelations for those with the wit to look beneath the surface of things.

Things like IGZO screens. And Gorilla Glass 3.

Also this week: The sky darkened under the crisscrossing trajectories of contradictory speculation: The Next iPhone would be smaller and cheaper; and bigger and cheaper; and bigger and more expensive. Or something.

IN THE NEWS: Will Apple introduce a lower-priced iPhone?

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"If DigiTimes' sources are correct, Apple's 'low-cost iPhone' could easily look like a [Samsung] Galaxy S3 smartphone, and given its 'low cost,' it might even compete with Samsung's prices, too."


iPhone 6 feature revealed by Sharp at CES

And they didn't even realize it! Not so sharp, after all, apparently.

GottaBeMobile's Adam Mills found Sharp's booth, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where the company was proudly showing its IGZO display technology. (You can check out GottaBeMobile's video, which shows a prototype tablet sporting the prototype display.)

"Sharp not only showed off flexible displays like Samsung, but maybe more importantly, the company showed off its IGZO display technology, the same technology that has been rumored to be coming with the next iPhone model, presumably called the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6," Mill announced, just in case you weren't au courant with the IGZO rumors, which are almost as tediously repetitive as the rumors that Apple's next iWhatever will have a fabulous Liquidmetal body.

IGZO displays can be brighter, higher-than-1080p resolution, and much more power efficient than conventional displays, according to Sharp, which with several other display vendors is a major supplier to Apple.

In a few sentences, possibly using copy/paste or a macro, Mills deftly summed up months of rumors about the next iPhone. And then he ruined it all at the end.

"Keep in mind, Apple rumors often don't pan out so it's possible that Apple will go in a different direction with the new iPad and the new iPhone in 2013," he wrote.

No one has yet connected the dots between another CES reveal and the Next iPhone: TrackingPoint's Precision Guided Firearm (PCWorld has details), which marries a high-tech digital scope and sensors with a custom-built Surgeon Rifles bolt-action long rifle. Among other things, the PGF uses Wi-Fi to display its high-tech in-scope image and data on its accessory iPad mini. Using the Next iPhone and a new software protocol, iShoot, to remotely control the rifle, upload photos and video to iCloud, and automatically sync calendars with your local butcher is an obvious next step.

iPhone 6 will have triple strength Gorilla Glass

If only we could have CES once a month instead of once a year.

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