As Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference loomed, the iOSphere seemed resigned to No New Hardware, taking the wind out of much of the hot air about iPhone 6. But diehards do not go gentle in that good night.
This week, three different dates for the iPhone 6; new rumors that it will have a 4.8-inch screen; how a trade-in offer means the Next iPhone is coming soon; and the belief that both iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 will be released at the same time.
You read it here second.
"And while this [two-to-four-week production delay of the Next iPhone] does not preclude a September iPhone 5S launch date, we suspect volumes in September may consequently be challenged."~ Glen Yeung, Citi Research (quoted in CNET post by Brooke Crothers), explaining how an alleged delay may not actually delay anything, but if the phone goes on sale later, it may mean that Apple sells fewer of them....or maybe not.
iPhone 6 is coming in early 2014, with a 4.8-inch screen
Citing "our field work in the hardware supply chain," Citi Research's Glen Yeung, in a CNET post by Brooke Crothers, delivered the Bad News and Good News about iPhone 6: later but bigger.
According to Crothers, Yeung writes that "We...expect a 4.8 [inch] screen iPhone 6 to be launched in 1Q14," or January to March 2014. The basis for this is those helpful but anonymous Asian sources in the supply chain. One would think that there are so many of them, with so much information, that more of it would actually leak out.
There is more Bad News. IPhone 5S production "has been delayed by two to four weeks." No explanation of why it's been delayed.
Then there's this bit, by Yeung as quoted by Crothers: "And while this does not preclude a September iPhone 5S launch date, we suspect volumes in September may consequently be challenged." Abstruse language is a technique for making mere opinion sound like something grounded in fact. What Yeung apparently means is that "iPhone 5S might still be released in September but may not sell as many units because of the [alleged] delay."
Which has the same import as saying "As the sun sets earlier, the days grow shorter."
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