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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Jan. 10

John Cox | Jan. 13, 2014
The cold gripping much of the U.S. this week was absent from the iOSphere which steamed with speculation over a mysterious metal frame that revealed Important Details of the iPhone 6.

Secondly, the "frame seems to show accommodation for a headphone jack at the same end of the device where a circular feature presumably corresponding to the device's rear camera is positioned, undoubtedly the top end. With the shift to the narrower Lightning connector in the iPhone 5, Apple shifted the location of the iPhone's headphone jack to the bottom edge of the device....Moving the headphone jack back to the top edge of the device for the iPhone 6 appears unlikely, though not impossible."

Perhaps we need to rethink the idea that China is definitely the way to look for accurate Apple related leaks and rumors.

iPhone 6 will be 6 mm thick and be called iPhone Air
For the metrically challenged, it's 0.23622, or just under one-quarter of an inch, as ChannelPartners' Craig Galbraith helpfully points out. Compare that to the chunky iPhone 5S, which is a whopping 7.6 mm or 0.299213 inches thick.

Galbraith assures us that a "new report" says this. Specifically, a "source not only spilled to Korea's ET News the width of the device, but also that it will be called the iPhone Air."

Checking the webpage, to which Galbraith links, and putting it through Google translate we end up with this: "Chinese IT media, digital tech ( to 5 (local time), citing sources, Apple's leading manufacturer of next-generation smart phones' iPhone Air (working title), so the thinner the thickness of 6mm reported that ."

So the original story, for ETNews, is actually the Chinese news site,, (here's the Google translation of the home page) and its apparently unidentified "sources." is part of Tencent Holdings, a big China-based Internet services company. 

The translation, on which Galbraith so blithely relies, continues with this gem: "Apple's next-generation iPhone to large screen display is used, the attention of people rea jimyeo news delivered equipment is collected, but there was no detailed information about the thickness. Recent leading online sources for the next generation of the Apple iPhone is the thickness of the experimental drug would be said about 6mm."

We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

iPhone 6 will stay with 8 megapixel camera instead of 13
Here's the starting point: a story on the English-language site of, about the sliding stock price of Largan Precision Co., a major supplier of camera lens modules for a range of mobile devices. The ChinaPost story says the stock price "tumbled dramatically during trading yesterday, bottoming out after a near 7-percent drop shortly after noon as disappointed investors reacted to rumors that Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 handset would not be upgraded with a 13 megapixel (MP) camera."


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