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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Nov. 9

John Cox | Nov. 12, 2012
The U.S. presidential election hangover seems to have had a dampening effect on iOSphere rumors for iPhone 6.

Others were quick to draw the conclusion that Lavrinc overlooked: the way Ferrari could influence how Apple looks at the now-pedestrian iPhone design.

"Ferrari is of course known for their beautiful Italian designs," writes Dwayne Madden at, where his post is headlined "iPhone 6 Design May Have Some Italian Pizzaz [sic]."

"With the iPhone 5 focusing on being lighter and thinner just like sports car strive to be, we wouldn't be surprised if some of Ferrari's design engineering can be shared with the folks over at Cupertino labs. With [Apple designer-in-chief] Jony Ive now in charge of iOS design as well, you can expect him and Cue to be working much closer together. I'm just wondering how a little Italian pizazz would fit with Apple's otherwise Braun-influenced designs."

That's Apple's real problem: too damned Germanic.

iPhone 6 will be transparent, according to 13-year-old tech reviewer

Sam Laghzaoui is either very industrious or has a lot of free time on his hands, possibly both. He's created what could be the first but undoubtedly and depressingly not the last iPhone 6 "concept art" video, which is posted on YouTube

The production values are pretty good, although AutooMobile's Madden would probably insist that it's more Braun than Ferrari. Laghzaoui says he's 13, and a "tech youtuber who does tech reviews, how-to's, unboxings, and the such. Follow me and I'll follow back!"

He favors a transparent iPhone 6 body, apparently unimpressed by Apple's expensive licensing of Liquidmetal's Wondrous Alloy, long rumored to be the next big thing for iPhone bodies. He's predicting a thumbprint scanner integrated into the display and possibly some kind of holographic technology.

Here's Laghzaoui on the bus, "very tired." We're not surprised.

iPhone 6 will have an anti-theft system built-in

Mobile anti-theft systems are seriously lacking. You can't really adapt a steering wheel lock for something that slips into your pocket, thought it might come in handy for your Ferrari.

But Apple has an eye on this problem, according to AppleInsider, which found a U.S. patent application by Apple for a theft detection system that uses "a portable device's accelerometer, in cooperation with a specialized controller, to detect whether a 'theft condition is present' and sound an alarm," according to AppleInsider's Mikey Campbell.

So what is a "theft condition"? This becomes a bit vague.

The controller is supposed to analyze the signals "generated by the movement of a device, which can determine whether the motion matches a set of parameters in which a theft scenario is likely. Just as important is the rejection of signal data for innocuous events."

The application is pretty clear what theft is not: "For example, the signal conditioning hardware and/or software should filter out those acceleration signals corresponding to shock or impact." So if you drop your iPhone and slam it against the table, the alarms won't sound.


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