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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Aug. 8

John Cox | Aug. 11, 2014
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.

iPhone 6 aluminum casing shows aluminum. And curves. And, like, holes for buttons

Feld & Volk is a company that modifies iPhones and iPads into "unique device" for which you can pay an even higher price. This week, the vendor posted on its Instagram account, photos that purport to be of final rear aluminum shell for a 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

MacRumors' Erick Slivka was among those who quickly trumpeted the revelations of "a few features not highlighted in previous leaks," complete with extreme closeups.

"Among these is a good look at the volume button cutouts, which have now been recessed slightly in a change that will allow for a lower profile along the edges and decreased likelihood of accidental volume changes," he writes.

Boy Howdy. The Rollup doesn't mind admitting what a relief it is knowing that Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple's Designer Extraordinaire, is protecting us from Accidental Volume Changes.

Perhaps even more important is the "embedded Apple logo", which Slivka points out is "something Apple has not used on the iPhone since the original iPhone back in 2007." And how long those intervening seven years do seem. Slivka says that Feld & Volk indicate that "the embedded logo is very similar to that seen on the original iPhone, but says it is made of 'very extraordinary' scratch-resistant metal that it speculates could be a Liquidmetal alloy...." The year wait for Liquidmetal has been almost as long. But Slivak, disappointingly but forthrightly, admits "there is no specific evidence supporting that speculation."

That's the iOSphere motto.

iPhone 6 will not be delayed by explosion at Chinese wheel hub factory

Anguished speculation about iPhone 6 being delayed swept through part of the iOSphere this week, on news that a wheel hub factory in the city of Kunshan had exploded, killing some 75 workers and injuring nearly 200 more, most of them badly burned. But the anguish was about whether the iPhone 6 would be delayed. We earlier went into details on the alarmist headlines and speculations.

Chinese officials temporarily shut down other factories pending safety inspections, one of them being a plant owned by Foxconn, the main assembler of iPhones. Therefore since a single Foxconn factory had stopped, then release of the Next iPhone was threatened!

But a Mainstream Media report, by Bloomberg, declared categorically that "Foxconn doesn't assemble Apple products in Kunshan and most of its manufacturing takes place elsewhere."


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