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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.

Here's the core of the rumor, from the original AFP summary of the LibertyTimes post: "Taiwan's Pegatron Corp, an assembler of Apple's iPhone 5C, is expected to win half of the orders from the U.S. tech giant for its next smartphone model, a report said Thursday.

In order to meet the demand, Pegatron has started building a new plant at Kunshan, a satellite city near Shanghai where all its iPhones are assembled, the Liberty Times said without identifying its source.

The paper said the Kunshan plant is scheduled to become operational in the middle of the year and start mass production late this year, when Apple is expected to roll out its iPhone 6."

To The Rollup, and we freely admit to being non-expert in building large-scale manufacturing sites, if Pegatron is just now starting to build a massive new plant for the iPhone 6, it seems a bit of a stretch that it will be ready by June or July to cranking out phones in volume.

In any case, 1) the entire web of reposted and regurgitated speculation hinges on one anonymous source and 2) even if true, doesn't really tell us anything about the iPhone 6 that people might care about. Although Ubergizmo's Tyler Lee gives it his best shot: "It's odd that the report only mentions one device, the iPhone 6, because if the previous rumors have any credibility to them, Apple is said to launch two phones: one of the 4.7-inch variety, and one of the 5.7-inch variety."

Exactly: it's a mystery why one rumor about building the Next iPhone doesn't take into account all those other rumors about two Next iPhones.


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