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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending March 21

John Cox | March 24, 2014
There was a strong theme of self-congratulation in this week's iOSphere rumors about the iPhone 6: we already "know" so much about this phone, and of course about Apple's plans. Or at least about what Apple should be doing.

This remarkable interpretation was crafted by, among others, Kristin Dian Mariano, in a blogpost at International Business Times

The reasoning, if it can be called that, goes like this: Apple was going to release the awesomely magical iPhone 6 in June 2014 at the next Apple Worldwide Developers Conference; but the iPhone 5c has been a "bit of a flop," Mariano says, so the launch of a cheaper 5c model, with 8GB of storage, "will help Apple regain its stance in the market."

But in order for this new model of the iFlop to, um, fail just as effectively as the original, Apple has to delay releasing the iPhone 6.

It's all so obvious.

As we note this week [See "The great 'iPhone 5c is a failure' freakout"], there is no credible evidence whatever that the iPhone 5c is a failure. That little evidence we have, including Tim Cook's widely and wildly misunderstood comments during the January quarterly earnings call, indicate that the 5c is achieving the goals Apple set for it.  

iPhone 6 will have Ultra-Retina display with 389 pixels per inch

This is just one of three completely unsupported assertions, contained in separate tweets by Sonny Dickson, a young Australian who has received photos and, at least in the past, parts taken from Apple's supply chain partners. At least some have proven to be authentic when the yearly new iPhone subsequently was released.

Dickson sent four tweets altogether:iPhone 6 will be 0.22 inches thick #JustSayingUltra-Retina screen will be 389 ppi #JustSayingThe new Apple A8 processor will run at 2.6 GHz. #JustSayingAnd finally: These specs could be the real thing #JustSaying

Indeed they could be. But Dickson gave no source, not even a hint of a source, for these claims. There was no companion post at his now-much-slicker Website. Now, it even comes with advertising..

For iClarified.com, which picked up on the Dickson tweets, he is a "reputable source of Apple leaks in the past." For handy comparison, the post notes that "the iPhone 5s is 0.30 inches thick, has a Retina Display with 326 ppi, and an A7 processor that runs at 1.3GHz."

"Sonny has been responsible for a number of component and detail leaks in the past, so people tend to listen when he says he has some inside information," explains iDownloadBlog's Cody Lee

When you have a rep like that, your inside information speaks for itself.

Dickson's claims are plausible. So are almost any others one could make up. But plausibility only gets us so far. As "Sonny" himself tweeted, these specs could be the real thing.

Or not.

 

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