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Network World - The iOSphere wheezed this week, trying to breathe new life into limp rumors. It pretty much failed.
One of the Oracles of Wall Street reaffirmed a June date for the Next iPhone, as good as guess as any. You can rest easy: Your fingers probably won't be chopped off by thieves stealing your iPhone 5S and needing your fingerprint to unlock it. Watch out with iPhone 6 though.
[ TABLETS: iPad 5 rumor rollup for the week ending March 26 ]
Also this week: an iPhone with AppleBerry Messenger, and a vaporous promise that iCloud will fuel Apple's innovation tidal wave ... if they can get data syncing to work right.
You read it here second.
"Fingerprint security sounds like a pretty solid way of securing your devices, although after watching countless movies, thieves may not only steal our phone, but could end up chopping off one of our digits as well."
Gene Munster, the Apple Oracle of Wall Street, predicted in a recent TV interview that Apple will announce its next iPhone in June, and in September will announce a cheap iPhone "targeted for emerging markets."
The June iPhone will be the "iPhone 5S" and Munster says it will have a better camera, improved CPU, and, um, "new software features tied into the hardware," according to CNET's Lance Whitney, who was one of many who repeated Munster's comments, made during a Bloomberg interview.
9to5Mac's Jordan Kahn focused on Munster's comment that, in Kahn's summation, "Apple will not have any major product announcements until June and likely miss its June guidance with lower-than-expected iPhone and Mac sales."
"In other words, the Retina iPad mini he [previously] predicted would launch in March -- not happening," Kahn writes.
Fortunately for everyone, if an analyst or blogger simply persists in predicting new product release dates, he eventually gets it right.
Ubergizmo's Tyler Lee leveraged another Munster Mention, this time about fingerprint detection for the iPhone.
In his post, Lee says that Munster claims that the fingerprint sensing technology will be introduced not on iPhone 5S in 2013 but on iPhone 6, in Q1, 2014.
"Fingerprint security sounds like a pretty solid way of securing your devices, although after watching countless movies, thieves may not only steal our phone, but could end up chopping off one of our digits as well," Lee writes. "Pretty scary stuff, right?"
Right you are, Tyler.
Perhaps that's why he's a bit skeptical. "We're not sure what the fingerprint sensor could do, or if it is even needed, but we guess it could give Apple an advantage in the enterprise and government sector if they could offer not just more secure software, but hardware as well," Lee writes.
Of course the absence of fingers would make it more difficult for enterprise and government sector workers to actually hold the iPhone 6, let alone use it.