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iPad 5 rumor rollup for the week ending August 14

John Cox | Aug. 16, 2013
Dueling dates, mimicking the mini, fabulizing Foxconn.

Munster expects the next iPhones to be announced in September but to ship in October. Because of DeWitt's phrasing, it's unclear whether Munster expects the Next iPads to be announced later in September or later in October. But September, or October, or November for sure. One of em. If not December. Eventually someone will be right.

iPad 5 will "take after" the iPad mini
The rule is: If it's a good rumor, recycle it.

At Ubergizmo, the headline is: "iPad 5 Features Same Thin Touch-Screen Technology As iPad Mini [Rumor].

"[T]he next-generation iPad will most likely resemble a larger iPad Mini by using the same screen technology, making it possible for the next iPad to be both thinner and lighter," writes Daniel Perez. "It looks like those rumors are again resurfacing as the [The Wall Street Journal] published a report saying that's exactly what will happen to the next iPad."

The Journal story, by Juro Osawa and Lorraine Luk, doesn't do much more than restate the long-standing rumor, citing as sources "people with knowledge of the matter."  But it does clarify what the rumor is about.  "What many consumers generally call a screen' consists of multiple layers, and the touch panel' specifically refers to the layer equipped with touch sensors, between the liquid-crystal display and the outermost cover glass."

The full-size iPad uses a glass on glass panel construction. The iPad mini replaced one glass sheet with a much thinner film, reducing the weight and thickness of the overall assembly. Adapting and adopting the same approach for the larger tablet has been rumored almost since the iPad mini was announced. Contrary to Perez's post, the change would not make the iPad 5 "resemble" the iPad mini.

iPad 5, iPad mini 2 shifted from Foxconn to mystery manufacturer
There's an advanced rumoring technique that takes a known fact, and uses it as lever in a knowledge gap, and turns it into a rumor the size of the Grand Canyon. Currently, no one does this better than the imaginative folks at, "a new kind of news."

It's actually is a new kind of fabulism (from the French for "fable"). In literature, it's a form of magical realism "in which fantastical elements are placed into an everyday setting."

Here's the headline: "Apple takes iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 release date from Foxconn."

In case that's not entirely clear, what Phil Moore fantasizes is that Apple and Foxconn, the Taiwan contract manufacturer that assembles many of Apple's mobile products, have fallen out, have been insulting each other, and stabbing each other in the back and, in a huff, Apple has yanked the iPad production contract from Foxconn and given it to another undisclosed OEM manufacturer.


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