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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Sept. 27

John Cox | Sept. 30, 2013
What the next iPhone needs, what is has, what it looks like.

So the fan art is so good that you'll rue your new iPhone purchase, or postpone it until the iPhone 6 comes out, when you'll be disappointed again because it won't be as good as the fan art. Or something.

iPhone 6 will be released in Q1 2014
One of the well-known rumor techniques is reusing older rumors, because even with Google search the iOSphere attention span is like a lightning flash.

In a post at a site called TekRieg, which seems to focus mainly on clickbait, Anna Mathews confides that "There are rumours going around that Apple may launch the iPhone 6 during Q1 of next year says IBT [International Business Times]."

And IBT did in fact say that...over six weeks ago in an Aug. 13 post, by Eric Pineda, who simply blends information taken from at least three other sources, which he generously and misleadingly calls "reports."

"However, the reports seem to confirm that the iPhone 6 will not be part of the 2013 product surprises that Apple CEO Tim Cook had implied in previous statements," Pineda wrote then. "Should that device become a reality, the earliest it will come is during the first months of 2014."

But nowhere does he give a source for the first quarter 2014 release of the iPhone 6.

And this week, IBT said it again, in a post by Kristin Dian Mariano, "3 Reasons Why iPhone 6 Release Date is on March 2014" who also doesn't bother to give any sources or evidence for her assertions.

Here's one of them: "It is speculated that iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C were released by Apple because it has not completed the features it will include in the full-fledged smartphone [i.e., the iPhone 6]." The implication is that Apple is rushing to bring this delayed product to market ASAP, meaning early in 2014.

That qualifies for the "Most Preposterous iPhone 6 Rumor of the Week" competition. Complex products like smartphones are designed over a period of years. Mariano's suggestion that Apple's original plan to announce iPhone 6 in fall 2013 was derailed unexpectedly and that therefore the company created not one but two new phones in its place is a fairytale.


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