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Network World - The combination of intense cold gripping much of the U.S. and feverish iPhone speculation is creating extreme rumoring conditions, threatening to drive the iOSphere into epistemological collapse.
Apple is planning to announce one, two, three (or more?) iPhones, none of which may be "iPhone 6" unless they are, with screen sizes between 4 and 6 inches, and an equally wide, or weird, range of prices, sometime between now and the end of 2014.
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"We've been hearing rumors of the next iPhone for weeks now, with all kinds of different specs and models rumored for the device. One of these rumors pegged the next iPhone with a 5-inch screen and seemed at least relatively easy to believe. That rumor came from DigiTimes, but today the site is going back on what it previously said - according to the most recent word from sources, there won't be a 5-inch iPhone in 2013."
Loquacious "industry sources" tell DigiTimes that Apple will release two 4-inch iPhones in 2013, both with in-cell display technology (introduced in iPhone 5, helping to create a thinner and lighter phone).
[ MORE RUMORS: iPad5 rumor rollup for the week of Jan. 21 ]
This is an improved rumor, because "Previously it was said that Apple would release a lower-cost version of its iPhone with a bigger screen in 2013. But the sources claimed that Apple is indeed developing an iPhone with a bigger [apparently meaning 'bigger than 4 inches'] screen, but that will not be among the models to be launched this year."
One of the two will be aimed at the "midrange market segment" otherwise known as the cost-conscious or economical or frugal or stingy segment.
Bliss is two new iPhone models. But. There may not be many of them around because "the sources noted it is still yet to be determined if Apple will have adequate supply of in-cell touch panels in 2013 for a lower-cost version of the iPhone due to mass production issues from the technology in 2012."
At this past week's earning call, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged that supplies of the iPhone 5 fell short of demand until very recently, but he didn't say why. The iOSphere Consensus Rumor, copy/pasted by DigiTimes, is that the reason was "poor yields for in-cell technology."
So Apple might announce two iPhones and release them. But you won't be able to actually buy one.
"So, yeah," Yarrow wrote. "Treat this one lightly for now. Though, a lot of accurate information has come from Asian supply chain sources in the last few years." We think we'll treat THAT assertion lightly. Because a lot more inaccurate information has come from the Asian supply chain sources in the last few years.