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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.

BusinessInsider's Steve Kovach offered his keen-eyed appraisal, too. "While there's nothing in the video to give you a perception of how large the shell is, you can tell the ratio of the screen size is a bit wider than the iPhone 5S/5C," he assured readers. "That likely means the screen would be larger."

There you have it.

Or had it, until MacRumors' Editor Eric Slivka, @wildcowboy, tweeted the following: "Video of iPhone 6 chassis' starting to make the rounds. It's an iPhone 4s part."

The 4S height is 4.5 inches compared to the 5S height of 4.87 inches, which means the mystery part that people think shows a larger-screen iPhone...actually shows a smaller-screen iPhone.

There you have it.

iPhone 6 will have 4.8-inch screen and 11ac Wi-Fi
This week another Wall Street analyst offered his guess (usually disguised as a "note to investors" or NTI) that Apple for sure will have a bigger-than-four-inch screen on the iPhone 6.

AppleInsider picked up on the latest NTI, this one by Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company. Apparently Arcuri claims in the note that Apple has "locked down" the phone's design, which will feature a 4.8-inch display and the high-throughput 11ac Wi-Fi Apple introduced 11ac in 2013 on some Macs and router products but not yet in its phones or tablets.

Acuri's predictions are based apparently on his talks with people in the supply chain, though it's not clear he means Apple's supply chain specifically or just various Asian contract manufacturers.

He also predicts, that "Apple is planning key software innovations,'" according the AppleInsider post. "He expects the company will leverage iBeacon [a Bluetooth Low Energy radio], Touch ID [the integrated fingerprint scanner], and Passbook [which collects stuff like movie tickets, loyalty cards, coupons] as part of a push into new services with mobile payments."

It seems likely that all three of these features eventually will play a role in a system of mobile payments. Whether that system which will entail Apple partnering with an array of outside parties and possibly making some major infrastructure investments - will be ready in the latter half of 2014 remains to be seen.

iPhone 6 about to be released because iPhone 5S is on sale
You may have noticed that you can buy an iPhone 5S right now for less than the "official" Apple price of $199 for the 16GB model.

But you probably didn't notice the Real Meaning of the price cut. Now you do, thanks to the shrewd analysis by Monica Walken, at MotoringCrunch. The headline of her post sums it up succinctly and colorfully: "Early Release Schedule Sirens Go Off As 5S Falls Into Bargain Bin."


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