The rumour mill… this week’s Apple ‘news’

Macworld Australia Staff
16 August, 2013
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Convex, not concave

A fortnight ago, it was all about the fingerprint sensor on the next iPhone. And, like many Apple rumours, a lot can change in that time. The latest report in the fingerprint sensor saga (well, it feels like one) is a home button reversal. Yep, instead of the concave home button that we have seen on iOS devices since the 2007 iPhone debut, Apple will release the iPhone 5S with a protruding button. Why? Well according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, space may be an issue.

“We think that a fingerprint sensor will be placed under the home button of iPhone 5S,” Kuo said.

“However, assembling it could be difficult as the space under home button is limited as it already has to accommodate the Lightning connector, speaker and microphone. Thus, we think the shape of the home button could be changed from concave to convex to create more space for a fingerprint sensor.”

But that’s not all. Kuo also believes that Apple will combat a potential rise in home button-damage with a switch from plastic to sapphire. It might look good with the new gold iPhone?

Either way, AuthenTec better get cracking! …or not.


No Siri.

Another analyst has found his soap box. This time it’s Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

Releasing a ‘research’ note to his investors, Munster has predicted the cheaper iPhone 5C will avoid the headache that Siri is. The iPhone 5C will also replace the iPhone 4S – which has Siri – as Apple’s low-cost smartphone.

“In terms of the phone itself, we expect the cheaper phone to have a plastic casing, 4in display, and lower end internal specs (processor, camera, memory, etc) than the 5S/5 line up,” Munster is quoted as saying on MacRumors.

“Additionally, we believe that Apple may exclude some software features, such as Siri, which we note was not an option on the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 upon launch.”

If Munster is correct, it would mean Apple would concede that Siri isn’t quite as necessary as Apple would like everyone to believe. Something we find hard to believe.


iPads in October… or later?

The iPad 5 and second-generation iPad mini will most likely arrive in October. Well, according to Bloomberg and backed by Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac.

Two Bloomberg reporters, Adam Satariano and Tim Culpan, have heard from two others that this will be the case, so who are we to doubt them? Hmmm.

“Updated iPad models, including an iPad with a thinner body design and an iPad mini with a high-resolution screen will be unveiled” after the September 1o iPhone event, the Bloomberg article claims.

“The planned new full-size iPad, with a 9.7in screen, will have a body that more closely resembles the current iPad mini, with a thinner bezel than the current version, said the people. …The iPad mini being sold now, with a 7.9in screen, doesn’t have the same high-definition display featured on the iPhone and larger iPad.”

So looks like Apple will sort out that troublingly poor iPad mini display.

Or will it just add it to the iPad 5?

That’s what Ubergizmo thinks might happen. Happily reviving a rumour, that they themselves say has “popped up time and time again”, Ubergizmo, with the aid of a less-than-convinced Wall Street Journal story, believes the fifth-generation iPad will use the same display technology as the iPad mini.


Best ever? 

So, everyone has concluded the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 and/or the iPhone 5C will arrive on September 10. Why? Because it feels right? …right?

But can the next-generation Apple smartphone be the most successful Apple launch ever?

Apple seems to do alright when it launches a new iPhone, but September 2013 will be the biggest to date if you believe Global Equities Research’s managing director Trip Chowdhry. And, of course, we do.

Speaking with Benzinga, Chowdhry concludes the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch will set a new record in Cupertino.

“The new iPhones will be massively successful,” he said. “This will be the most successful product launch ever in the history of Apple.”

However, despite his optimism, Chowdhry isn’t happy with those lazy folk at Apple HQ. Using his intimate knowledge of the Apple R&D department, the supply chain and a dinner with Tim Cook and Jony Ive on the San Francisco bay, Chowdhry finally revealed what the tech world has always wanted to know:

“Innovation does not exist at Apple,” Chowdhry affirmed. “Where is Apple TV? Where is iWatch?”

There you have it folks, Apple does not innovate. So that means the iPhone 5S, 6, 6S and the iPhone 5C will all be exactly the same as the iPhone 5. No point creating, reading or dreaming about Apple rumours any more. Got that everyone? Apple is finished.


PS. Why haven’t Apple released all the rumoured products by now?  In fact, Apple should be ashamed!


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