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iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Aug. 24

John Cox | Aug. 27, 2012
As summer wanes, the iOSphere this week unhesitatingly dredged up the most tenuous and implausible allusions, inferences, hints, and of course teases for iPhone 5. All in good fun.

Eventually he gets around to offering an answer. "This update needed to happen because the iPhone 5 is expected to be the fastest smartphone on the planet upon release," Dodson declares. "It's powered with a quad-core A6 processor and 1 GB of RAM. It doesn't need a buggy Facebook app slowing it down."

Setting aside the belief in the mythical quad-core iPhone 5 processor, Dodson's argument is that Facebook was so appalled at the possibility that its existing iOS app would slow down the fastest smartphone on the planet, despite the "quad-core A6 processor," that it decided to create a new app. Unless, it was Apple who was so appalled by that possibility, and it strong-armed Facebook into creating a new app.

The implausibility of this argument is breathtaking. And even if Dodson was correct, there's nothing in the new app and nothing in Dodson's post that reveals, or even teases, anything about iPhone 5.

iPhone 5 glass panels flex cables and stuff show differences

A smartphone repair outfit based in Columbia, S.C., posted a YouTube video of what it claims are a set of iPhone 5 components, including black and white glass panels, 8-pin dock connector flex cable assembly, and two other flex cable assemblies.

Despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that there is no source whatever given for the components, or how the company obtained them, the video had racked up almost 240,000 views by early Friday morning.

The video, comparing the "new" parts with those of the iPhone 4S, was posted by SmartPhone Medic, which focused originally on smartphone (including iPhone) repairs for the Columbia area, but has since branched out nationwide.

The uncritical acceptance of the video is astonishing, even for the iOSphere.

"Repair firm SmartPhone Medic has just posted a new video comparing several parts from the next-generation iPhone to their counterparts from the iPhone 4S," writes Eric Slivka, at MacRumors. "[W]hile all of these parts have been seen previously, the video offers another good look at what changes can be expected for the next-generation iPhone."

Zach Walton at WebProNews goes even further. "At this point, I think it's safe to say that we know exactly what the iPhone 5 is going to look like," he writes. "Apple won't be able to surprise us with the hardware come September 5 [though nearly everyone else expects Sept. 12], but they could still wow us with some impressive new software."

It turns out that SmartPhone Medic itself doesn't quite share Walton's and Slivka's assurance. How do we know this? Because PC Magazine's Chloe Albanesius called the repair company and asked them. You know, like real reporters do.


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