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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Feb. 15

The 'delay' of the iHumungous phone, and other credulities

By , Network World
February 19, 2013 05:06 PM ET
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According to MacRumors, Misek expects the iPhone 5S and a lower-cost iPhone to be released in mid-2013.

Slivka adds almost nothing to the Misek excerpts, letting them stand in effect on their own.

Others, such as Ubergizmo's Tyler Lee, weren't so reticent. Lee interprets the MacRumors account of Misek's speculation as meaning that "the iPhone 6 with a 4.8" display will only see a release in 2014, suggesting that it would miss its supposed 2013 schedule due to possible production problems with regards to its display."

The interpretation by Business Insider's Jay Yarow was even more original. "Apple wanted to release a 4.8-inch iPhone 6 this year, but it ran into manufacturing problems, says Jefferies analyst Peter Misek," Yarow declared.

But as quoted by MacRumors, Misek didn't say anything like what Tyler and Yarow claim he says. Misek in December 2012 claimed there were 4.8-inch iPhone prototypes being evaluated. Yet even if that's true, the existence of the prototypes doesn't translate into a "schedule" or even a "wanting" to release such a phone in 2013.

There's not a lot of substantive reporting in terms of understanding Apple's display options, with many of the rumors based on anonymous industry, or Asian supply chain, sources, and on each other. The Rollup attempted a brief summary of some display issues in the "iPad 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Feb. 6," specifically the section "iPad 5 will have GF2 DITO OMG IMHO screen structure."

The "low yields" refrain is now so widespread and reflexive that it's difficult to tell whether it's a real problem for any Apple displays or it has achieved the status of Internet Urban Legend.

On July 31, 2012, AppleInsider was one of many websites that warned, based on a story in DigiTimes, that "Low yield rates for in-cell touchscreens may affect Apple's next iPhone," that is, the iPhone 5. Yet barely 60 days later, AppleInsider was more upbeat, based on a Note to Investors by Sterne Agee's Shaw Wu, claiming that "yield rates for Apple's iPhone 5 in-cell touch panels [are] improving."

iPhone 6 won't look like these "leaked" photos

Photos that purport to show the Next iPhone, which could be iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 depending on your preference, were posted at this Chinese website two weeks ago, and last week began appearing on some blogs and tech sites.

"Leaked iPhone 5S Images Show Off Identical Look To iPhone 5," was the bold headline over an Ubergizmo post by Daniel Perez. "[W]e're seeing another photo possibly leaking the iPhone 5S' sweet, sweet innards coming from Chinese website," he gushed.

Now, he did admit in a masterful understatement that "it's hard to confirm the legitimacy of each rumor." And then fell back on that tried and true iOSphere confirmation criterion: Why would anyone lie?

"But at this point, we'd have to wonder why anyone would leak images of anything that wasn't the next iPhone ..."

We couldn't have said it better.

Unfortunately for the credulous Mr. Perez, MacRumors' Slivka actually studied the photos and concluded they show that "the device is clearly an iPhone 5 clone," in other words, a ripoff, a counterfeit.

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