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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending July 26

Apple iPhone 6 scuttlebutt includes: Ignoring iPhone 5S, canceling iPhone 5, Killer Patents, plastic

By , Network World
July 26, 2013 02:18 PM ET

Network World - Perhaps the iOSphere is exhausted or suffering a post-adrenaline crash, but some this week have actually suggested that consumers will ignore iPhone 5S, setting their hopes on the Radically New and Innovative iPhone 6 in 2014.

Analysts and pundits seem nearly paralyzed with dread at the prospect that buyers will not be lining up at Apple retail stores to buy the 2013 iPhone. How could the world have come to such a pass?

And this despite the promise of still more Killer Features for the Next iPhone, which were revealed this week thanks to new published Apple patent applications, although the applications nowhere mention the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6.

Also this week: surprising, not to say stupid, speculation that once Apple announces the Next iPhone, including the new Plastic iPhone, it will cancel iPhone 5; the awesome spectacle of a rumor being born before your eyes and then strangled; and new iPhone 6 fan art that finally reveals a use for flexible displays.

You read it here second.

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"The consumer reaction to iPhone 5S is, of course, unknowable at this point, but we worry this could be the first iPhone launch that doesn't generate lines on launch day."
Chris Caso, Susquehanna Financial Group, and Chief iPhone Worrier, who fears that having sold millions of innovative iPhones ever year since 2007, Apple will succeed finally in launching one that consumers don’t care about.
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iPhone 5S will be greeted without the usual lines of buyers outside stores

If an iPhone is announced and no one lines up to buy it, is it really an iPhone?

“Call it blasphemy, but Apple's next-generation smartphone could be the first iPhone model to debut without the usual lines of buyers outside stores on launch day,” declares Patrick Seitz in a post at Investors.com. http://news.investors.com/technology-click/072513-665112-apple-customers-might-wait-for-iphone-6-to-upgrade.htm

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And it’s not just his opinion. There’s a stock analyst, Chris Caso, of Susquehanna Financial Group, who share his opinion. In fact, Caso seems deeply, deeply worried.

"The consumer reaction to iPhone 5S is, of course, unknowable at this point, but we worry this could be the first iPhone launch that doesn't generate lines on launch day," Caso wrote in a Note To Investors this week.

That’s because they’ll be so disappointed in the 5S that they’ll decide to wait until the Majorly Upgraded iPhone 6 is released in 2014.

“The iPhone 5S is expected to be an incremental release, with the same look as the current iPhone 5 but with new components and features,” according to Seitz, who shows just how conventional Conventional Wisdom really is. “The most talked about potential feature is a fingerprint-reader for security and perhaps mobile payments.”

Frankly, The Rollup is quivering…just quivering…with anticipation over this most-talked-about fingerprint reader. If that doesn’t spell “breakthrough killer awesome magical feature” what does?

“Apple's next major update won't be until the iPhone 6, which could ship in early 2014, Caso says. That phone is likely to feature a bigger display to compete with handsets from Samsung, HTC and others that have 5-inch screens.” That makes perfect sense. The world’s best selling smartphone model needs to compete with all those other models that are each selling fewer units than Apple is.

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