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iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending July 13

John Cox | July 16, 2012
Chinese economic growth may be slowing, but its iPhone 5 rumor industry is soaring.

These revelations -- that the next iPhone will be slightly taller and thinner and about the same width -- sound numbingly familiar. Apparently you don't need a Top Man in China to rumor about slightly taller and thinner and about the same width.

The rear-facing camera remains in the same place and apparently the same size; there's a rear-facing microphone "for video recording and noise reduction to improve call quality." There may be a back panel with two different materials, "possibly even Liquidmetal," Ingram speculates, without a shred of evidence to support it and plenty that contradicts it (not least the clear statement by one of Liquidmetal's inventors that it would be three to five years before the alloy could be used on a large scale).

Zach Epstein at Boy Genius Report is skeptical but not skeptical enough in his post on the meaning of the photos. "Images of what is claimed to be an 'iPhone 5 engineering sample' were published on Tuesday afternoon, adding support to earlier rumors that Apple is prepping a taller iPhone with a larger display for launch this fall," he wrote.

It's the second part of that sentence that makes it nonsensical -- the idea that a rumor is "supported," whatever that means, because a newer rumor says the same thing.

Two days after GottaBeMobile's exclusive rumor, a site called KitGuru posted what it called "exclusive photos" of, well, something. The website calls it both an "early iPhone5" and a "pre-release test sample."

No mention of any source, trusted or otherwise.

iPhone 5 will have near field communications (NFC) and the iTravel app

The iOSphere is agog again over the recycling of the longstanding rumor that the Next iPhone, for several years now, will have a short-range near-field communications (NFC) radio and a passel of apps to let you wave your phone and pay for stuff.

The agogness is due to the fact that the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a "major patent," according to PatentlyApple.com, "that relates to transportation check-in and, more particularly, to employing near field communication (NFC) for identification and ticketing by transportation providers." 

Hallelujah. According to the iOSphere, this means that industries like airlines will soon be moving people as gently and swiftly and efficiently as Walt Disney World in Orlando.

"And if I'm reading this right, iOS devices could not only be used to check into flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, trains, buses and so forth, but also to pay for these services," writes a bedazzled Christian Zibreg, at iDownloadBlog.

But Wired.com's Christina Bonnington sees a more sinister implication.

After helpfully noting that the patent is not for an app per se but for a "System and method for transportation check-in," and that iTravel itself simply "would perform a host of functions currently accomplished by multiple different apps," she moves on to the Really Big Picture.

 

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