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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending April 18

John Cox | April 23, 2014
The iOSphere this past week wondered at the prospect of iPhone 6 with a Supercharged Siri, an all-knowing, all-doing software entity that will manage your iOS life for you. Eventually, probably in iOS 9, Siri will offer psychotherapy.

Reisinger gets this from 9to5Mac, which got it from the French site, which in turn picked up from the Japanese Mac fan site, Mac Otakara.

NoWhereElse's Steve Hemmerstoffer exhibits an almost compulsive attention to details, measuring and annotating everything and drawing conclusions. The assumption behind all these posts is that companies making money selling protective cases for iPhones have an interest in getting accurate information so they can pre-design and manufacture cases for the Next iPhone before anyone else.

Here's the Google translation of part of the research and analysis from NoWhereElse: "Designed on the basis of information obtained from a source kept secret, these shells are supposed silicone perfect fit an iPhone 6 with a screen measuring 4.7 inches diagonally. Wishing to avoid that these data may allow a more props to manufacture their own products, my contact was unfortunately not want to give me the exact dimensions of these hulls ..."

Makes perfect sense to us: secret sources, alleged or purported photos, no exact dimensions. No, you know, facts. The perfect rumor.

iPhone 6 will be bigger because photos show bigger batteries

It was busy week for Hemmerstoffer's NoWhereElse blog, which was also the source of photos supposedly showing the batteries for the iPhone 6. The batteries are bigger than the batteries in today's iPhones, therefore the Next iPhone must be bigger, too.

To lend credence to this imagining, the post notes that (via Google Translate of the original French) "End of March, Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai of Digitimes claimed Apple would at already placed orders with suppliers of batteries under the production of its future iPhone 6, according to Hemmerstoffer. "Imagine a picture that you was passed earlier in the morning seems to confirm the rumor launched by the Taiwanese website ...The photo in question is supposed to introduce ourselves batteries or to equip the next iPhone. These batteries could of course have been designed for any other smartphone but admit for a moment that my source is telling the truth ..."

Wait. What? "These batteries could of course have been designed for any other smartphone?"

But we can get past that, by admitting - for a moment - that his source is telling the truth. Why would he lie, right?

"In examining these batteries more closely, you will actually realize that a mysterious metallic elements missing from current models has been integrated alongside the + and - terminals whose positioning has also been slightly modified," Hemmerstoffer notes. "A hole was drilled at the end of this new element, I guess it will fix the battery housing of the device." So by examining the mysterious details, we can see that these batteries that could be for any smartphone are indeed different from the battery in the current iPhone.


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