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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Feb. 7

John Cox | Feb. 10, 2014
A "new rumor" in the iOSphere is almost a contradiction in terms. More typically, a current rumor regurgitates an earlier rumor and, paradoxically, gets additional not less credibility for doing so.

Back in October 2011, with the release of the iPhone 4S, ArsTechnica's Chris Foresman evaluated the camera improvements. One was the addition of the hybrid IR filter. "CMOS [camera] sensors are very sensitive to infrared (IR) light, but this light — which isn't visible to humans — focuses at different distances than visible light and can affect color accuracy and sharpness," Foresman explained. The IR filter minimizes those effects. (It's a good post for understanding the relationship of sensor, lens, and software-based improvements in camera modules.)

Hodgkins, who seems to consider every post on the Internet to be a "report" or "story" instead of a rumor or speculation, says "The IT168 story contradicts an earlier report from the The China Post that claims Apple will continue to use a 8-megapixel sensor in its next iPhone."

So there you have it: two anonymously-sourced rumors that outline entirely different futures for the iPhone camera. Just flip a coin....

iPhone 6 will come in two models, with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens
The rumor that Apple is preparing two larger-than-four-inch-screen iPhones is not new, of course. Few rumors these days are. But details count in the iOSphere and a new note to investors from Korea's KDB Daewoo Securities provides lots of them.

Some of the details were thrilling and some were "bizarre," according to BGR's Zach Epstein, who didn't let bizarreness stand in the way of posting about it. 

Epstein assures his readers that KDB Daewoo "is known for having inside sources that have accurately foretold companies' plans on numerous occasions in the past." Yet his main assurance seems to be based on the fact that "KDB's recent note on the iPhone 6 and phablet-sized iPhone are mostly in line with a number of earlier reports...."

KDB predicts or claims or asserts or "reports" that one iPhone 6 will have a 4.7- or 4.8-inch screen, with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution; and one, which Epstein calls the "phablet," will have 5.5-inch display, with 2,272 x 1,280 pixels. Also claimed: storage options of 16G, 32G, 64G, and 128GB, 2GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera, a 3.2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 1,800 mAh battery.

But KDB's software predictions, Epstein calls, at different points, "bizarre" and "very odd." The analysts say that iPhone 6 will not run a major upgrade to iOS, presumed to be iOS 8, but an iterative release of the current version, to be called iOS 7.2.

So for Epstein this is a reliable report that has some very odd claims. MacRumors' Eric Slivka takes the view that the very odd claims are so odd that the whole report is hogwash.

"A sketchy new report from analysts at KDB Daewoo Securities Research shared by (via BGR) claims to have full details on Apple's iPhone 6, but there are several issues with the claims that call the entire report into question."


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