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Network World - As a massive blizzard enveloped the Northeast U.S. (and delayed this edition of The Rollup), a blizzard of rumors swept the iOSphere about iPhone 6.
There were "reports" from such sources as a "friend at a supplier" in Apple's supply chain about seeing not one but two new iPhones, one with a bigger-than-4-inch screen. There was actually some informed speculation on how Apple might achieve that without disrupting its ecosystem for iOS apps.
Because Samsung is rumored to be introducing "5G" Wi-Fi in its next Galaxy S smartphone, it logically follows that Apple will, too. And finally some sound advice for Apple on how to make the 2013 holiday sales of the Next iPhone even more successful: reduce the number of days that people can buy it.
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"News that Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone (expected to launch this month) may support 802.11ac, also known as '5G Wi-Fi', has lead [sic] to speculation that Apple's next iPhone could support the standard as well."
CNET was one tech site that noticed, or noticed other tech sites noticing, a Chinese language blog post that declared that both the iPhone 5S and the 5-inch iPhone 6 "have shown up at an Apple supplier in China," writes CNET's Steven Musil.
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"The models could be released this year, according to a post by a Sina Tech user called Old Yao," Musil writes. "He reports that a friend of his at a supplier has seen the models and says that the iPhone 5S resembles the iPhone 5, while the iPhone 6 is wider, longer, and thinner."
"CNET has contacted Apple for comment and will update this report when we learn more."
We're not holding our breath.
We're confident Musil got the general sense of the Chinese right. If you read Chinese, you can have at it yourself. If not, savor the Google Translate version of the original blog post:
"A buddy from the apple vendor to see will be released this year the iphone 5s and iphone iphone 5s iphone 5 is said to almost the iphone 6 changes, screen should be Wucun, than crazy five wider, longer, thinner, lighter, just people not to take pictures, otherwise everyone to share."
We move from the ridiculous to the genuinely speculative. Apple watchers, Rene Ritchie at iMore, and Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper, at Marco.org, recently and separately put together some thoughtful analysis on how Apple could actually create a larger-screen phone.
Essentially, they've asked the question, "If Apple did decide to create a 5-inch iPhone, how could they do it, what would the trade-offs be, and which design option would they be most likely to use?"
Ritchie's most recent commentary on this, "More on a 5-inch iPhone and scaling the interface," reiterates his point that "stretching the screen" of the iPhone 5 offers the simplest way to create a big-screened iPhone.