It may be that the world will end Sept. 9, or at least the World-as-we-know-it-without-the-iPhone-6. That's The Date the new iPhone(s) will be announced, according to one unsourced declaration.
Also this week: lots of allegedly "new details" of the Next iPhone, details that sound, to The Rollup's cynical ears, more like plausible guesses. New photos of yet another rear aluminum casing, with a solution to the threat of Accidental Volume Changes, and an embedded logo crafted perhaps of Liquidmetal.
And the Chinese workers killed in a factory explosion won't delay the iPhone 6 after all.
You read it here second.
iPhone 6 will be announced September 9
As previously posted, Apple is said to be holding a big media event on Tuesday Sept. 9, according to the tech news website re/code. The entire substance of the re/code post, by veteran reporter John Paczkowski who has plenty of good sources but doesn't cite any of them, amounts to one sentence: "Apple has scheduled a big media event for Tuesday, Sept. 9 — a date to which Apple numerologists will strain to attribute significance." Paczkowski writes that "the focal point of this one is to be Apple's next-generation iPhones."
As of this posting, there's been no Apple confirmation, or denial.
iPhone 6 will have a bunch of new stuff, confirmed (exclusive)
Mark Sullivan at VentureBeat is just thrilled to be able to confirm all kinds of "new details" about the new iPhones this fall ("yes, that's multiple phones") because he's been talking to "a VentureBeat source with knowledge of the plans."
That's not much for the reader to go on. But it's plenty for Sullivan: his post essentially lists a set of long- and heavily-rumored iPhone 6 features, and adds one specific detail that reads more like a plausible guess than a leaked revelation.
He assures his readers that, yes, Apple will have a 4.7-inch model available in mid-September, and a 5.5-inch model "several weeks or even a month later." Not much there in new details.
But the new phones will lack sapphire screens. "Our source says the screens are made of an extremely hard material that's slightly harder than Gorilla Glass but not as hard as sapphire." Probably the still mysterious material known as Gorillaphire.
Sullivan, or his source, also "confirms" the new phones will both use the new A8 chip. That, too, is not a new detail, since almost every new iPhone has had a new chip. But the source did say that the new chip will run at 2.0 GHz. "By comparison, the A7 chips in the iPhone 5 run at only 1.3GHz per core," according to Sullivan. (Either he, or his source, is a tad confused on some of the details. The iPhone 5 featured the A6 chip, the first with an Apple-designed ARMv7-based dual-core processor ("Swift"), instead of using cores licensed from ARM Ltd. The A7, the first 64-bit mobile chip, appeared in 2013 with the iPhone 5s; the iPhone 5c still uses the 32-bit A6.)
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