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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending May 24

John Cox | May 27, 2013
iPhone delays derail 4G rollouts, flexible Gorillas, rainbow phone.

One of the iOSphere's enduring myths is that one or another component or production screwup has repeatedly delayed most iPhones, including the iPhone 5S or 6 or whatever.

The latest iteration of this myth is that some screwup with the alleged Next iPhone's fingerprint sensor, itself another unconfirmed feature, delayed the phone's release, causing British mobile carrier Vodafone to upend its 4G network rollout and postpone it until the end of summer. As is often the case, there is less to this than meets the eye.

Also this week: expect flexible Gorilla Glass screens on the next iPhones; you'll know it's a cheap iPhone by its colors; and new fan art reveals what impressive new specs for the Next iPhone might look like if the Next iPhone looked like what a guy with Adobe Photoshop thinks it will look like.

You read it here second.


"Sources confirmed the delay to the iPhone 5S had been a factor in Vodafone's decision to delay 4G."

—Christopher Williams, The Telegraph, who manages to distill a mass of rumor, misstatement, misinformation and nonsense into a mere 18 words that rest on not a single fact.


iPhone 5S "delay" causes Vodafone to delay its 4G network

Britain's Vodafone has decided to delay the introduction of its 4G/LTE network—originally planned for June —because Apple has run into manufacturing delays and postponed the release of the iPhone 5S.

That's the theory anyway of a post at The Telegraph headlined "Vodafone delays 4G network until late summer for iPhone 5S" by Christopher Williams.

As is often the case with The Telegraph, the details are sketchy.

"The operator had originally planned to switch on superfast mobile broadband in cities in June, but said on Tuesday it would wait until August or September," Williams writes, in a posting whose confusing randomness seems to be the result of copying-and-pasting under deadline pressure to get something online in 15 minutes.

According to Williams, "The Silicon Valley giant [meaning Apple] had been expected to introduce an updated version, the iPhone 5S, that will work at the new frequencies in June, but it was reported last month it had been pushed back because of manufacturing delays." Yet he offers not a shred of evidence, not even a link to rumor sites, to support this assertion.

(Pocket-lint, another U.K. tech website, gives a more specific but no less confusing explanation for the iPhone 5S "delay": "a Vodafone-compatible iPhone was expected for this summer until rumours of fingerprint sensor issues allegedly stalled Apple's release." On its face, Pocket-lint is saying that the rumors stalled the release, but apparently intended to say that Apple delayed announcing the phone because it ran into some kind of problem with the phone's fingerprint sensor, yet another long-rumored feature.)


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