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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending March 8

iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 scuttlebutt: kinetic energy charging, decimal dementia, silicon madness

By , Network World
March 08, 2013 12:12 PM ET
iPhone 6

Network World - The iOSphere's collective unconscious seethed with mandates and rumors for iPhone 6 or 5S or iPhone [Fill-in-the-Blank]. There didn't seem to be enough Web bandwidth to contain them all.

There were demands for kinetic energy charging. There were form factor imaginings distinguished mainly by 0.2 inches. There were claims that Apple was turning to Qualcomm for processors and counterclaims it was turning to Intel. And hopes for at least one Next iPhone sometime to be released between June 1 and Aug. 31.

You read it here second.


"There are a lot of crazy rumors floating around out there about the iPhone 6."


iPhone 6 will have kinetic energy charger

Technically, this isn't a rumor. It's one of those iOSphere Mandates that regularly loom out of the collective unconscious. The mandates are always about what Apple "should" do or include in the Next iDevice. In this case, Apple should include a kinetic energy charging mechanism in its next high-end digital device.

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The mandate was issued, apparently, by Mark Chubb at PhonesReview, a U.K. tech website.

"iPhone 5 battery life in most cases is fairly poor, and even though it comes with a lightning charging connector that does rapidly charge it also drains very quickly indeed when playing games or watching videos, and then when it is time to make that important call the iPhone dies on you," Chubb begins.

That's a mouthful, but we get it: "fairly poor" battery life. It still seems to surprise mobile device users that if you continuously watch videos and play games. Then. The. Battery. Dies.

It just does.

"So Apple should do something completely different for the iPhone 6 and use the Ulysse Nardin kinetic battery tech," Chubb announces triumphantly. Thank heavens someone is using the brains God gave him.

For those of us who are not counted among the Idle Rich, The Chairman, by the Swiss luxury watchmaker Ulysse Nardin and Scientific Cellular Innovations, is a $130,000 or thereabouts gold-and-jewel-encrusted Android smartphone, complete with such "advanced" features as a 3.2-inch display, 32GB of memory, 8-megapixel camera and fingerprint sensor, not to mention an elaborately hand-crafted storage-and-dock box. And it has the astonishing, the wondrous, dare we say "magical" Ulysse Nardin Rotor, a mechanical watch rotor which creates kinetic energy to supply supplemental power to the phone.

"There is surely a way that Apple can incorporate this into the iPhone 6, not only will it give you vital charges for a few minutes it also looks stunning as well and adds that class of engineering on show," Chubb enthuses.

Personally, The Rollup believes if you're going to take a step backward, take a Big Step backward to something even more retro.

"The iPhone 6 can have style, class, engineering beauty in working motion, just imagine having the iPhone 6 on your ear and all others seeing the kinetic rotor moving whilst you are walking etc., eye candy at its best if you ask us."

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