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iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Dec. 31

John Cox | Jan. 4, 2012
The holiday season brought a stuffed stocking of iPhone 5 rumors to the iOSsphere, closing out 2011 with a whimper of joyful speculation.

The holiday season brought a stuffed stocking of iPhone 5 rumors to the iOSsphere, closing out 2011 with a whimper of joyful speculation.

Will iPhone 5 bloom in the bleak midwinter? Will round pixels dazzle our eyes? Can the same material used in beer cans elevate the Next iPhone to the level of complete redesign? Did you know the iPhone 5 is only waiting on Verizon to get its LTE act together?

You read it here second.

"I think the release of the iPhone 5 will be the pivot around which the rest of 2012 turns in tech." -- Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic

iPhone 5, the "pivot" of tech in 2012, is due in first quarter

In the depths of winter, the next iPhone will bloom, according to Alexis Madrigal, a senior editor at The Atlantic, in a gushing post headlined "Looking ahead at tech in 2012."

Madrigal simply asserts that the Next iPhone "is probably going to come out in the first quarter of 2012." That would be less than six months since the release of the Great Disappointment a.k.a. iPhone 4S.

Not everyone is this confident. Stupid Apple Rumors succinctly comments on Madrigal's post: "Not going to happen and The Atlantic should stick to what it knows and stay out of the rumor business." An admonition that is probably doomed to be ignored.

Madrigal's post sets new standards for lack of details and thinness of analysis in iPhone 5 rumors, even for a year-end prediction piece. For example, he doesn't so much explain as celebrate the iPhone 5's importance: "It will be a huge deal," he says.

It will be so huge that all of us will "casually mention it in dinner conversations" and "strangers will talk about it on the bus," and our heads will be buzzing as a new ad campaign for it "worm[s] its way into our consciousness of cool."

"I think the release of the iPhone 5 will be the pivot around which the rest of 2012 turns in tech," Madrigal predicts. It will set "a whole new standard for communications devices."

iPhone 5 will boast "innovative display technology" -- round pixels and lots of them

Germany-based MacTimes has learned exclusively, "from a reliable source," that iPhone 5 will have an "innovative display technology ... based on adjoining and round pixels." The result will be "greater clarity and truer forms, especially in curves," according to the Google Translate account of the German language post.

The reliable source was pretty skimpy on details. MacTimes apparently speculated that Apple's "development partner" might be Toshiba, which demonstrated in May 2011 a 4-inch high-definition display, 1280 by 720 pixels, with a pixel density of 367 pixels per inch. That compares with Apple's current Retina Display of 960 by 640 pixels, at 326 ppi, created in part by developing pixels just 78 micrometers wide, according to Apple's website. That let Apple pack up to four times the pixels into the same size screen.

 

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