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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Jan. 24

John Cox | Jan. 27, 2014
Picture a cow chewing its cud. Then picture it chewing its cud while on amphetamines, and you get an idea of the iOSphere during the past week.

Picture a cow chewing its cud. Then picture it chewing its cud while on amphetamines, and you get an idea of the iOSphere during the past week.

Yet again, there was a frenzy of rumor rehashing. For example, new rumors of two iPhone 6s, both with much bigger screens than today's 4-inch display, still based on anonymous sources. In this case, anonyms "familiar with the situation."

One Wall Street analyst got specific, predicting a 4.8-inch screen. Previously, and still, there are predictions of 4.7 inches and 4.9 inches. Perhaps he decided to split the difference, which is a good a basis for a prediction as the familiars.

There was a momentary thrill when bloggers drooled over an anonymous YouTube video showing parts from an iPhone 6 "taken at an Apple factory!" The metal body was clearly made of the wondrous Liquidmetal and it was clearly larger than the current iPhone 5S. Until someone pointed out it was from the iPhone 4S. Which is just pedestrian aluminum and...smaller.

Finally, early release sirens went off when someone woke up and realized that all these incredible iPhone 5S and 5C discounts Meant Something Big, namely that Apple was clearing out inventory to pave the way for iPhone 6, whose announcement could therefore happen at any moment for the next six months at least.

You read it here second.

iPhone 6 will come in two models with bigger screens
"It's been widely expected that Apple will launch an iPhone with a larger screen, but this is the first solid indication that Apple could be launching phones in multiple screen sizes...," Jordan Golson assures his readers at MacRumors

His faith in the Mainstream Media is touching. This "first solid indication" is a story this week in the Wall Street Journal that Apple has in varying stages of development two future iPhones with larger-than-4-inch screens. The story is behind a paywall but MarketWatch has what appears to be the opening few paragraphs. 

Golson's faith in the Mainstream Media is touching. He and others are "reporting" that the Journal is reporting that Apple will have larger-screen iPhones. In fact, the Journal is only reporting that unnamed "people familiar with the situation" say that Apple "plans larger displays on a pair of iPhones due for release this year." There's no indication who these people are, how they are familiar with the plans or even what "familiar" means here. Since the same rumor, including the time frame, has been "reported" for most of the past 12 months, this doesn't add much.

Unless, like Golson, you make a leap of faith that the Journal's sources are better than those of other news sites and bloggers. Like BGR's Brad Reed, whose conclusion from the story is "It looks like Apple is taking a page from Samsung in more ways than one" not just a bigger screen but two bigger screens, you know, like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3. If you can't innovate, imitate.


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