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iPhone 5 rumor roll-up for the week ending Oct. 28

John Cox | Oct. 31, 2011
The iOSsphere hungers for news about iPhone 5. It can't let go of LTE, and new images of what the Next iPhone will look like again rear their Photoshopped pixels. Contemplating a quad-core mobile processor causes swooning.

Christina Bonnington, writing for Wired's Gadget Lab blog, slaps the LTE dreamers upside the head. "LTE support isn't something that Apple can just instantaneously 'flip on' for everyone," she points out. "A host of technologies -- from network towers to hardware chipsets -- must first converge, and if the short history of 4G deployment is any indicator, Apple's 4G future could be bumpy."

The iPhone 5 with LTE is a distant reality. "We'll believe it when we see it," Bonnington writes. "And then we'll immediately begin testing the handset in various locations to see just who's really served by LTE support."

People with Photoshop already know what iPhone 5 will look like

We enter, once more, that strange land where virtuality imitates reality imitating virtuality imitating reality. Several rumor sites again are posting renderings, mockups, concept art or, more simply, made-up images of the Next iPhone. Then, they're talking about them as if these were real.

Mobile Magazine has posted images by ADR Studios' designer Antonio de Rosa, who "culled together the most current rumors and put them together in a clever package."

What are those current rumors, you ask? They include an "aluminum or 'liquid metal' unibody type body, a capacitive home button in an oval-like shape, a larger 4.3-inch screen that goes nearly edge to edge, an upgraded Apple A6 dual-core processor, and improved versions of both iOS 5 and iCloud."

We think Mobile Magazine's Michael Kwan might be getting carried away since de Rosa's concept art doesn't actually show us the A6 or the "improved" OS and cloud service. But, that's just a quibble.

But Kwan is also dubious. Maybe this isn't such a clever concept after all. "I don't know about you, but the stretched out iPhone 5 is starting to look a fair bit like the Android superphones that are out there with their 4+ inch displays," he writes. "The edge to edge display looks nice, but I'm not sure I'm a fan of that grey-ish curved back."

Over at the iPhone 5 News Blog, they're not so sure either. "I tend to agree with MobileMag's general observation, particularly as it relates to the larger screen size on the iPhone 5," writes Michael Nace.

He also references the metal unibody "construction" (if one can use that term for a Photoshop imagining) "thanks to groundbreaking 'LiquidMetal' technology, which many believe will also debut on the iPhone 5."

That's a nice touch: "many believe." That could be a reference to "industry sources in Taiwan" or the legions of "graphics designers" furthering the conversation about what the Next iPhone will look like.

"LiquidMetal" apparently refers to the alloys created by Liquidmetal Technologies: alloys that have, among other properties, more than twice the tensile strength of conventional titanium alloys. Yet Apple has created aluminum unibodies for MacBook Air and more recently the MacBook line itself without any liquidmetal.


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