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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending June 14

Hazy on details, for iPhone 5S, ginormous screens

By , Network World
June 14, 2013 12:48 PM ET
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Network World - Think of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference this week as a giant tea cup, drained to the dregs of loose leaf tea and the entire iOSphere leaning-in to read the soggy remains and figure out what the heck is happening with iPhone 6.

In the WWDC aftermath, it’s clear that CEO Tim Cook has been successful in his pledge to “double down on secrecy.” The iOSphere is reading the WWDC tea leaves for the future iPhone plans. But no one seems to know any more about them today than we knew following the announcement of iPhone 5 in October 2012.

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This week: iOS 7 gives clues and cues about the Next iPhones, though the details are actually kind of hazy. Quite hazy, actually. Also there is no iPhone 5S. Just accept that. And the Next iPhone will have ginormous screens. Unless that’s a fabrication or a typo.

You read it here second.

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“I can’t help but think that Cook, Ive, and the rest of the Apple team won’t be able to resist matching the biggest change in iOS since its launch, with a big iPhone hardware change too.”
Vincent Nguyen, Slashgear, explaining his reasoning on why the Next iPhone will be a Big Change.
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iPhone 6 features revealed or at least hinted at in iOS 7…kind of

Since there were no iPhone announcements at WWDC, the iOSphere “analyzed” iOS 7 to discover clues, cues, hints, indications, intimations, suggestions or traces that point to the next iPhones.

It was a mixed bag.

Slashgear started off promisingly, with the headline “iOS 7 and the rebirth of iPhone,” a post by Vincent Nguyen. “[A]lready I’m confident that iOS 7 will bring me back over from Android, not to mention open the door to some hardware surprises later in the year,” he writes.

What might those surprises be, and how might they be the rebirth of the iPhone? Oddly, Nguyen never actually says.

“What I’m left expecting, though, is something equally pivotal to run it on,” he writes. “The current thinking is that Apple’s next smartphone will be the iPhone 5S, a more subtle update to the existing phone, with a significant refresh [considered to be iPhone 6] waiting until 2014. I can’t help but think that Cook, Ive, and the rest of the Apple team won’t be able to resist matching the biggest change in iOS since its launch, with a big iPhone hardware change too.”

What could this big iPhone hardware change be? Probably not a bigger screen, Nguyen says, surprisingly. “The display is still likely to be a 4-inch Retina panel, since that satisfies that all-important one-handed use issue….”

His best guess? The phone will, somehow, be inspired by the new Mac Pro. “I’d guess at a form-factor that borrows cues from the other eye-catching part of the WWDC keynote, the new Mac Pro,” Nguyen reasons. “That, with its crisply minimalistic polished aluminum enclosure, is the new pinnacle of Apple’s design ethos, and would be a great starting point to build the new iPhone from.”

We’re not exactly sure what he means by this. The iPhone 5 already has a pretty crisply minimalistic aluminum enclosure. And the photo with his post shows only the interior of the Mac Pro, with its vaguely steampunkish aesthetic, rather than the smooth, polished aluminum shell that covers it.

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