Aesthetics reared its ugly, or beautiful (depending on your side of the debate), head in the iOSphere this week, as commentarians contemplated the question of whether real iPhones have curves.
Speaking of curves, the iOSphere was thrown one with a rumor that the Really Big iPhone 6 would be delayed until 2015. The reason: there are no Really Thin Batteries for it. Finally, much was made over the prospects, via stock market analysts, that the stock price of a Taiwanese firm you've never heard of rise because it would continue to be one supplier of the aluminum bodies for the iPhone. The only reason this is important is that the analyst, perhaps unwisely, predicted 2014 iPhone 6 shipment.
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"Bulls excited by promise of never-before-seen Apple innovations"
~ This headline, to a Chris Smith post at BGR.com, wins April's "Image-from-a-news-headline-we'd-most-like-to-forget-but-can't Award" for its suggestion of manifestly uncastrated male bovines aroused by promises.
iPhone 6 will drop flat sides, go with curves, and a "curved display" or something
A Japanese language post at Mac Otakara is spreading confusion, via Google Translate, in the iOSphere regarding Apple's alleged plans for the body and display of the iPhone 6.
Here's a sample: "According to reliable information, GALAXY S III , has adopted a curved glass with a rounded edge portion, but there seems to be a possibility that employ curved glass that was round along the curved surface iPhone 6."
The translation continues: "The SQUAIR "design of the housing, SQUAIR CURVACIOUS BUMPER a metal housing that is similar to the state that attached the "not employ a diamond edge processing, such as the back camera portion, which is divided for antenna It does not seem to shape."
According to CNET's Lance Whitney, this means: "The iPhone 6 will incorporate a curved glass display that will stay flush against the phone's new rounded corners...."
"[T]he iPhone's more rounded body would resemble the design used in the Squair Curvaceous Bumper, which envelopes the phone in a rounded case," Whitney writes.
Here's what that would look like, based on an image from Squair's website.
"Apple is not one to jump on the curved display bandwagon without a good reason," Whitney reminds us. "But if the rounded corner rumor is true, then it's possible the display itself might need to curve at the edges to fit properly."
That's one possibility for sure.
BGR put this hilarious headline on a Chris Smith post about the Mac Otakara rumor, an exercise in pure clickbait: "New report reveals huge iPhone 6 design changes"
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