AppleInsider reminded us that "Earlier this year, analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets claimed he was told by supply chain sources that Apple planned to release an 'iPhone 5S' in a total of eight colors later this year." Which raises more questions than it answers. Are the cheap iPhone and iPhone 5S one and the same? Or if separate, just colors will they have? Will they be different enough to preserve the cheap-expensive distinction or will the colors blur the differences between the phone?
At MacRumors, Juli Clover interpreted the somewhat ambiguous Macotakara schedule. "According to Makotakara [sic], the low cost iPhone will begin a field test production in June, which will be followed up by wide ranging production in July to accommodate a September launch," she writes. "This launch date is a bit confusing, as Macotakara previously said that the low cost iPhone would ship in 2014."
A great deal regarding the Next iPhone is a bit confusing.
iPhone 6 "concept video" shows "impressive new specs"
A year ago, Tim Cook told interviewers, "We're going to double down on secrecy on products." Four months after that, on the day Apple announced iPhone 5, Business Insider's Jay Yarrow crowed that "Apple Delivered No Surprises Today Whatsoever."
"It's time for people to stop calling Apple one of the most secretive companies in the world," Yarrow declared. "It seems to have no product secrets anymore."
Eight months later, Yarrow's confidence may have been premature. Very little credible information has emerged about the Next iPhone, even what it will be called, though now the Consensus Rumor is that Apple will announced "iPhone 5S" in fall 2013, and "iPhone 6" in 2014. There's widespread belief but no real evidence beyond anonymous sources in the supply chain that Apple also will deliver a "cheap iPhone" aimed at emerging markets overseas.
So some in the iOSphere are left "reporting" on fan art. Exhibit A, chosen more or less at random, is a GottaBeMobile blog post this week by its editor Josh Smith. The website is about "mobile news and reviews."
The definition of both terms apparently is pretty elastic. Smith's post is about a newly posted "concept video"—otherwise known as fan art—that reveals, he assures us, "impressive new specs and possible iPhone 6 features."
And there's more. "While we don't expect an iPhone 6 until next year, this concept ties together some of the latest iPhone 6 rumors into a two-minute video overview," Smith says. Isn't that convenient? Everything in one place: specs, features and rumors.
Or as CultOfMac's Buster Heine put it in his promotional post, "With WWDC less than a month away, we've seen a ton of designers come out with their visions for what iOS 7 might look like, but the next iPhone has been ignored." Alas, no longer.
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