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iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending July 13

John Cox | July 16, 2012
Chinese economic growth may be slowing, but its iPhone 5 rumor industry is soaring.

"Unfortunately, a patent like this seems like less of a safeguard for protecting Apple-bred innovation, and more like another tool in the company's war against other smartphone makers -- namely, Android smartphone makers, which Steve Jobs famously said he would go 'thermonuclear war' on," she warns, darkly. "Apple's got this win, and a variety of other patents, under its belt, and all these intellectual property weapons can be used to dismantle Android's growing hold on the mobile space."

If you can't beat 'em, go thermonuclear on 'em.

And none of this, apart perhaps from the Bonnington Conspiracy Theory, is actually new. Patently Apple's latest post links to its previous iTravel post ... two years ago, which provided all the same details then when the patent application, originally filed in 2008, first came to light.

To their credit, several of these sites link to the recent story in The Wall Street Journal "Inside Apple's Go-Slow Approach to Mobile Payments," by Jessica Vascellaro, which shows Apple as quite content to hold back on mobile payments technology for now.

"Holding back in mobile payments was a deliberate strategy, the result of deep discussion last year," according to Vascellaro. "Some Apple engineers argued for a more-aggressive approach that would integrate payments more directly. But Apple executives chose the go-slow approach for now." She quotes Apple's worldwide marketing chief, Phil Schiller, who said in a recent interview that digital-wallet/mobile-payment services are "all fighting over their piece of the pie, and we aren't doing that."

iPhone 5 will be announced Tuesday, Aug. 7

Know Your  Mobile's Paul Briden boldly and exclusively goes where no man has gone before, trusting in a "reliable industry source who wishes to remain anonymous."

This faithful source revealed to Know Your Mobile that "Apple's highly-anticipated and much-rumoured iPhone 5 will be launched via a keynote speech on August 7."

"The new date correlates with reports from earlier in the month the iPhone 5's release had been brought forward from October to August," Briden confides, though one wonders whether he's trying to reassure his readers or himself.

"At present there are no further details about specs, design or availability," Briden says, though of course there are endless rumors about all of these, including the date of the announcement.

"Make sure to check back with us on August 7 when we'll have live coverage of Apple's announcement," Briden concludes. Or when Know Your Mobile becomes the Harold Camping of the iOSphere. 


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