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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for week ending Jan. 17

John Cox | Jan. 22, 2014
The Chinese, as everyone knows, drink a lot of tea. And with Apple's deal with the humungous China Mobile to offer the new iPhones to its zillions of subscribers, iOSpherians are trying to read all those tea leaves. But they're drawing, honestly, some strange conclusions.

Last fall, Apple introduced for the first time, a second iPhone model, the 5C priced $100 less than the 5S with a plastic body instead of metal, most of the internals of the prior iPhone 5, and the same four-inch screen. The 5C is now routinely offered by carriers as a very low-priced iPhone with a contract, or even free with a contract.

Apple may decide the time is right to offer a third model, with a larger screen, and presumably a higher price, if it thinks it can achieve the display quality including color representation and power trade-offs.

But the "multi-millions" happily buying a four-inch display in China suggest that the iPhone is doing just fine as it is.

Tim Cook dodges iPhone 6 questions
What a prevaricating, evasive weasel this guy is. And thank heavens we have CNET's Rich Trenholm to call him out on it.

Cook was in China to launch the iPhone 5S and 5C with China Mobile. He appeared at the carrier's headquarters with Chairman Xi Guohua, the two of them handing out autographed copies of the phones to early buyers.

Not too surprisingly, one of them at least, asked Cook about iPhone 6. According to Trenholm, "Tim Cook has shrugged off questions about a bigger, badder iPhone." And that weasel "wouldn't confirm or deny rumours of a larger screen for the hotly-anticipated iPhone 6."

But Cook did hint, according to Trenholm. "We have a lot to look forward to in 2014," Cook hinted, "including some big plans that we think customers are going to love."

Used as a verb, "dodge" means "elude or evade by a sudden shift of position or by strategy: to dodge a blow; to dodge a question."

Trenholm based his blog post, and everything in it, on an actual news story, from Bloomberg. Here's Bloomberg's account of what actually happened:

"Cook was at China Mobile's headquarters store as the world's largest carrier started selling the iPhone, concluding six years of negotiations with Apple. As Cook handed out autographed iPhones with carrier Chairman Xi Guohua, people asked him about bigger screens and the use of flexible displays.

"We never talk about future things," Cook said. "We have great things we are working on but we want to keep them secret. That way you will be so much happier when you see it."

We're not seeing much eluding and evading, or even shrugging off. Cook simply and politely repeated to his questioner Apple's long-standing policy on "future things" and repeated the kind of general, upbeat comments he's made before "great things."

iPhone 6 will have NFC because Apple filed a new patent application
Ben Lovejoy at 9to5Mac noticed a newly published Apple patent filing, which unfortunately included the acronym "NFC" which is short for near-field communications, which specifically refers to a very short-range wireless communications technology but which almost everyone thinks means "wireless wallet and payment system."


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