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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Feb. 1

A plastic future, cheaper than Samsung, blurbs on blurs

By , Network World
February 01, 2013 01:40 PM ET
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Network World - The iOSphere was assured this week that it now knows the details of one of the Next iPhones, though this one is said to be not the iPhone 6 or even the iPhone 5S but the "budget iPhone 5," or iPhone 5B.

Blurry photographs, later removed, of "leaked" iPhone components provided the excuse for confident declarations that the Next iPhone will be way smaller than the iPhone 5. Because, you know, the leaked components are smaller. The connection is obvious.

Finally, the Next iPhone, or one of them anyway, is going to $300 cheaper than the Next Samsung Galaxy S. Which means the Next iPhone also will have to be pretty close to $300 cheaper than the current iPhone 5. Plastic may not be enough to get us there. Could Apple be planning on introducing slave labor to the supply chain? Or becoming a nonprofit?

You read it here second.

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"The speaker module which is apparently meant for the iPhone 6 appears to be significantly smaller than the one destined for the iPhone 5S, suggesting Apple will dramatically reduce the size of its flagship handset once the 5S is out of the way."

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iPhone 6 will actually be the "budget iPhone 5" ... at least for China

iLounge's Jeremy Horowitz declared this week that he has ended all speculation about what the long-but-vaguely rumored "budget 'ready for China' iPhone" will actually look like.

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In "New Details On Apple's Budget iPhone 5," Horowitz confidently writes that "unless something major changes between now and its release, we know pretty much what the new low-end iPhone will look like, thanks to reliable sources."

No need to know more than that: sources; who are reliable. And the Reliable Sources have told him that the future is plastic.

"Yes, it will be made substantially from plastic," he reveals. "This new model is actually a cross between the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod touch, and... wait for it... the iPod classic. Yes, really. It will have a 4" screen, like the iPhone 5, a bottom like the latest iPod touch, and a shape that's most similar to the iPod classic."

So the iPhone 5B will be just like three other devices. Only completely different.

The dimensions will be just smidgins larger than the iPhone 5. "From the front, the new iPhone looks almost identical to the iPhone 5 -- the same exact shape, with the same sensor, camera, and button arrangement." It will have a 1136 x 640 display. "The circular volume buttons of the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5 will shift to elongated, pill-shaped designs closer to the iPod touch and iPhone 3G/3G."

And "the most significant change Apple will make is in the curves." Instead of the vertical curved corners of the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5B corners will curve downward and inward. "In summary, the budget iPhone will look a lot like an iPhone 5 from the front, an iPod classic from the side, and an iPod touch 5G on the bottom," Horowitz summarizes.

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