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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Feb. 14

John Cox | Feb. 18, 2014
Just in time for Valentine's Day, blurry photos of the iPhone 6 appeared online and went viral thanks to social media and Apple Obsession Syndrome. It didn't even matter that they were fakes.

But after his own analysis that claimed to have found all kinds of flaws, thus revealing it is, in fact, a fake, he adds a subhed to his post "Is it fake?" and then concludes, "At the end of the day, the iPhone 6 may very well look like the leak above, and the leak itself may prove legitimate. There really are only so many ways to make a larger, thinner iPhone, and the leaked image does look plausible."

So even though the image, because it's a fake, is completely useless in helping us learn about iPhone 6, nevertheless the image, because it's a fake, helps us learn about the iPhone 6 because it looks plausible.

Kastrenakes updated his post with among other additions this "Correction: This story has been updated with evidence that the iPhone 6 images are fakes." But, you know, useful fakes.

iPhone 6 will come in two larger sizes: new report
If it's new, it must be right.

In a post that mainly echoed the Dickson/Hajek revelations, Mashable's Adario Strange went for, you know, context. In iOSpherian terms that means using another set of rumors to give a new perspective on the rumors you're repeating.

"Earlier on Wednesday, the South China Morning Post released a report that described Apple's next iPhone in similar fashion [i.e., with a larger screen]," Strange wrote. "Citing industry insiders, the newspaper reported that the iPhone will come in two sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively, and will hit stores in September."

You can find the entirety of this ground-breaking, earth-shattering "report" here

"The tech giant will roll out the iPhone 6 in two sizes - 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch - in September, according to industry insiders who have seen the prototypes," according to the SCMP post.

And there's more. So much more. "The new iPhone screen will be made entirely from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, they said. Sapphire crystal, second to diamond as the hardest material, is now used by Apple for its iPhone camera lens cover and touch identification. It will also sport a new display at 441 pixels per inch (ppi), the same as the Samsung Galaxy S4. The highest definition Apple now offers has only 326 ppi."

On and on it goes, an overflowing abundance of nearly every major iPhone rumor for the past 12 to 18 months at least.

But this time there are industry insiders who have seen prototypes of these big-screen iPhone 6 models.

There are probably a lot of iPhone prototypes gathering dust on shelves throughout the Apple supply chain. Because doing prototypes is part of what's called the Design Process. And as others have pointed out for several years, it's almost certainly true that Apple routinely has been testing out different screen sizes for both its phone and tablet products. But there is no indication that the prototypes mentioned in the SCMP post are prototypes of the 2014 iPhone models.


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