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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending June 27

John Cox | June 30, 2014
Set to be launched on September 19, the upcoming iPhone will feature 128GB storage options, 4.7 inch display and 2.5-dimension glass.

With the start of summer in June, we can now count the days until it ends in September with the expected unveiling of the iPhone 6. Pavlovian-like, the iOSphere seemed to salivate over a renewed spate of rumors, as if hearing them for the first time.

This week, there was new unfounded certainty that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will have a 128GB storage option; and that the 4.7-inch model will go on sale Sept. 19. Pulses raced on learning that mass production of the Next iPhones, or one of them anyhow, was just about to start, and would feature a glass cover somewhere between 2D and 3D.

Finally, the first iPhone 6 video appears online. And it's convincing. Honest. It really is. No kidding.

You read it here second.

~ Nate Swanner, Slashgear, winner of this week's Pinnacle of Epistemological Angst award, for telling his readers that the video is "as convincing as any we've seen" and also completely unconvincing, but none of that matters because we can be "more than certain" that the Next iPhone will look like today's iPad/iPod...just because. 

iPhone 6 with 5.5-inch display will have 128-Gbytes storage option

Without bothering to sift through the even-more-than-usually-confusing speculation, some iOSpherian sites (such as AppleInsider) are claiming that a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will offer users a 128GB storage option, with the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model maxing out at 64GB.

Surprisingly, AppleInsider doesn't point out one obvious result of doubling the maximum storage: based on Apple's historical pricing, the additional storage will add $100 to whatever will be the retail price of the large-screened phone.

AppleInsider says the original Chinese-language post at Feng.com was based on "sources familiar with Apple's supply chain." In fact, according to our Google Translate version, the Chinese website confusingly refers to inferences drawn from information purportedly leaked from Deutsche Telekom, and circulated in a rash of iOSphere posting in May, and from "the latest reports from an Apple supply chain this year."

So, who the heck knows?

The 128GB option has been speculated about for a long time. Interestingly, earlier this year, Apple added a lower storage option, 8GB, for the less expensive iPhone 5c, apparently to reduce its retail price even further in select overseas markets. In the U.S., the 5c is available with either 16G- or 32GB. According to Apple, the 5c has met sales expectations and has drawn a significant number of first-time iPhone buyers, many of them formerly Android users.

iPhone 6 with 4.7-inch display to "launch" Sept. 19
It all depends on what one means by "launch." Apparently, it means here "to go on sale." Oddly, few if any of the iOSphere sites did the math to figure out that if the iPhone 6 goes on sale Sept. 19, it is likely to be announced on Sept. 9 or 10.

 

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