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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending August 16

John Cox | Aug. 19, 2013
As the days shorten, so does the iOSphere's patience. But we may only have to wait 23 days before our agony is over and the Next iPhone is revealed.

As the days shorten, so does the iOSphere's patience. But we may only have to wait 23 days before our agony is over and the Next iPhone(s) is revealed.

Also last week: speculation about Apple's A7 processor powering the iPhone 5S or 6, whatever. In brief: it's better; Jimmy Lin's revelation; and how to understand flex cables when you don't really understand them.

You read it here second.


"This [photo of an iPhone home button flex cable] features a much longer [flex] connector to the motherboard than before that could mean that the button is being used to transmit data. With that in mind, it's not a massive stretch to imagine that the home button could indeed house the fingerprint scanner that tech-site rumours suggest will be on board the handset."

~ Jonathan Leggett, USwitch, demonstrating that in the absence of any real technical knowledge about smartphone components, all you need is a stretchable imagination to know what's happening.


iPhone 5S, 5C, or 6 or some combination, to be announced September 10
Tuesday, September 10 is the latest, and most specific, date embraced by the iOSphere for Apple's announcement of the Next iPhone, or iPhones. Depending on...well, your overall mental condition, you might be expecting the iPhone 5S, the lower-priced 5C, or both, or even the iPhone 6.

The September 10 date was first revealed by Ina Fried, in a blog post at AllThingsD.

It could have been a one-sentence post: "Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone at a special event on Sept. 10, sources told AllThingsD." The rest is basically filler. Fried didn't say how many sources or identify them in any way.

Veteran Apple watcher Jim Dalrymple, at his blog, The Loop, had a typically laconic response to Fried's claim: "Yep."

In the past, the iPhone has been released one to two weeks after its announcement.

Henceforth, the New iPhone will probably overshadow other historical events that took place on September 10, including: 422 - St Celestine I begins his reign as Catholic Pope; 1608 - John Smith elected president of Jamestown Virginia colony council; 1776 - George Washington asks for a spy volunteer, Nathan Hale volunteers; 1924 - Leopold & Loeb found guilty of murder; 2008 the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history, is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.

Researching the iOSphere reveals a range of analyses that shed light on how and why Apple might price a lower-cost iPhone "5C." See "Pricing a low-cost iPhone: How 'cheap' is cheap?

iPhone 5S will have an improved processor, the A7
This rumor has been kicking around since Apple announced the iPhone 5 last year with the A6 chip. This time, a stock analyst is adding expectations and speculation about what an "A7" chip will actually be like.


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