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iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Aug. 10

John Cox | Aug. 13, 2012
How many pins can dance on the end of an iPhone?

If you're going to asymmetry at least do it elegantly. "The asymmetrical, clumsy look of the speaker array on this model is homely by Apple's standards."

Perhaps the best commentary, which unintentionally reveals how irrelevant iOSphere rumors actually are, is by a reader with the handle cosmin, who added a comment to Nace's post: "i still belive that this is the real thing.i dont know why,but i am pretty sure that this is the new iPhone."

Just believe. The Code of the iOSsphere.

iPhone 5 will fit these just-revealed Chinese protective cases

The Rollup is not ashamed to admit that GottaBeMobile's Josh Smith had us going there for a second or two.

When we read "iPhone 5 Cases Ready to Ship from China (Photos)," the first thought was "A-hah! The smoking!" We thought Smith was talking about the Next iPhone's actual body. You know, the case.

But that's not the case.

As you read on in Smith's post it becomes clear he's referring to third-party protective cases that you slip over The Precious in order to protect it. But it sounded promising, as he assures us that "Chinese manufacturers are gearing up," and they sent him photos to prove it.

"These aren't the first iPhone 5 cases we've seen, but it is the largest variety of cases," Smith writes.

We're not sure what that means, exactly. Maybe he thinks there are SO MANY cases from this company that it must be right.

This being the iOSphere, with information from China, Smith plunges in to read the tea leaves. "Chinese manufacturers [of iPhone accessories] are preparing for a taller thinner iPhone, and the hard cases show they think the sides will stay flat like the iPhone 4S."

Not to mention, "The rear of these new cases show what appears to be a wider camera opening, which may accommodate[sic] the rumored rear facing microphone." Finally, the base of the case shows an "opening for a small dock connector," a reference to the ever-shrinking dock connector.

And then, there's this: "These cases are likely designed based on the same iPhone 5 leaks and rumors we report," Smith notes, blithely. "So it's no shock that they match most of the rumors."

No shock at all. Rumor sites "report" what unnamed sources in the Asian supply chain tell them; manufacturers read rumors; manufactures build products based on rumors, and send them to rumor sites; rumor sites accept products as new evidence the rumors are true; new post by rumor site is read by other manufacturers who...well, you get the idea. It's the iOSsphere equivalent of photosynthesis.

iPhone 5 will have taller but not wider screen: more proof


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