[Updated with additional ridiculous iPhone 5 rumors and other nonsense]
The iPhone 5 release date rumors continue to swirl. This must be the 10729th iteration of whispers about the iconic Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) shiny launch. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers prepare for the pomaceous precioussss.
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: A great idea for a call-forwarding prank...
Daniel Ionescu blogs in the following fashion:
According to China Times...suppliers are currently preparing 400,000 trial run iPhone 5 units...[a]s the iPhone 5 features guessing game picks up steam. ... For the past three years Apple has held a media event in September...this year the company is expected to launch the long-awaited iPhone 5.
...The iPhone...is due for a refresh, as the iPhone 4 was launched more than one year ago. Conflicting rumors...are split between an incremental upgrade...with an A5 dual-core chip...and a camera boost, or a rather more radical refresh...as suggested by alleged cases for the upcoming device.
Arnold Kim reads the rumor runes in the original hanzi:
The China Times pinpoints...the second week of September...[which] lines up nicely with current expectations.
...The China Times has had a hit or miss record with Apple-related rumors, though they do seem close to Apple's suppliers...and may...have knowledge of their production plans.
And Jonny Evans thinks deeply:
A report originating in [an] Italian iPhone website, iPhone Italia, cites an anonymous Swisscom source [that it]...will ship in the US on September 5. ...[But] September 5 is a US public holiday, making that an unlikely date. ... A later report...claims a later introduction...the second week of September.
...[I]t could turn out to be nothing more than an educated guess. But this isn't the first time a September release has been claimed. Way back in January I warned that [it] wouldn't ship until later in the year.
...The iPhone will likely run iOS 5...it seems logical to expect iCloud services to also go live. ... In other words I'm suggesting a mid-late August intro, September shipping in US, iOS 5 and iCloud launch.
But Shawn King calls the 9/5 rumor "stupid":
[T]here's no chance Apple will announce new products on Labor Day.
And Dan Moren moans:
...[D]emand for the as-yet-unannounced device has reached a ridiculous pitch. According to a...survey, 35 percent of consumers say they will buy the new iPhone.
...The survey also asked which features were most important...59 percent said better battery life, 55 percent wanted a cheaper price, and...47 percent said they wanted an air conditioner.
Meanwhile, Mark Gurman cases the joint: [You're fired -Ed.]
[W]e have been able to secure an actual purported fifth-generation iPhone case from a source...similar to the source who provided us with impeccably accurate design schematics for the iPad 2. ... Given that these cases have actually been built, and...that case manufactures are willing to spend millions of dollars...to maximize on the iPhone 5 launch, we have reason to believe that this...is indicative of the next-generation iPhones design.
This is definitely not the first time that we have heard about a fifth-generation iPhone with a thinner design...a curved, aluminum back...[a] teardrop design in addition to larger display and a gesture-based home button...and lighter design.
......[I]ts only fair to mention reports...that claim the next iPhone will [be] very similar to that of the current iPhone 4. ... As you can see, at this point [it's] a tossup. ... Well surely know all come September.
And Seth Weintraub has a source who supposedly saw one on a train:
We believe he saw a totally new Apple device, probably a prototype iPhone 5. ... Our tipster has had an iPhone 3GS and currently has an iPhone 4. ...[T]his was like nothing hes ever seen.
Almost EVO-like in screen size, this...also appears thinner than the current iPhone 4 but also wider. The edges are rounded metal...but could still function as an antenna. The back is...curved/tapered...if he had to guess hed say glass.
...Our tipster wasnt able to see the front/home button and the man...was covering the Apple logo for all but a brief moment. ... It seemed apparent that he was trying to hide what he had more than the average smartphone user. ... Our tipster is all but certain it was a new Apple product.
William Judd has fun with "leaked" case pictures:
If these images are authentic...then the iPhone 5 is a radical evolution of the iPhone concept, and a bigger departure from the iPhone 4 than previous case images have shown.
......[T]he screen size has been extended considerably, from 3.5 inches to 4...by shrinking the bezel such that no space is wasted. ... After going with a squared construction on the iPhone 4, Apple seem to have reverted to their curvaceous ways. ... The physical home screen button has been replaced with a touch-sensitive ovaloid area...[which] might be used for unique multi-touch gestures, given its increased size.
Yoni Heisler casts his eye over the evidence:
...[O]ver the past few weeks, and as we inch closer to Apple's rumored iPhone 5 announcement...there's been an increasing amount of noise pointing to a larger iPhone display.
...[R]ecent photos purporting to be iPhone 5 cases...suggest that Apple this Fall will not only release an iPhone with a larger display, but...with a significantly larger footprint. ...[T]hinner than the iPhone 4...wider and longer as well...[with] a teardrop-esque design...the bottom of the device is ever so slightly thinner than the top.
...If Chinese manufacturers are confident enough...to start releasing these cases en masse, it stands to reason that the iPhone 5 will, in fact [be] thinner, longer, and wider than the iPhone 4.
Want more rumor triangulation? Jesus Diaz saves the day:
An AT&T employee says that any vacations for the last two weeks of September would be denied. ... According to him, the only times this has been done in the past was when an iPhone was released:... I'm an att employee and my boss just announced that vacation requests...will be denied due to an "event blackout". ... So we're looking at the last two weeks of september. ......[L]ike always, take rumors with a spoon of Maldon salt. Actually, it's about Apple, so take a pint.
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