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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending July 4

John Cox | July 7, 2014
Mocking mockups, partial to parts, the September Unsurprise.

The tropical deluge Hurricane Arthur dumped on the U.S. East Coast was as nothing to the deluge of rumors dumped by the iOSphere, most of them dealing with parts.

Mockups were triumphantly presented as proof of at least a "rough idea" of the final iPhone design. And then there were parts: both external and internal, though the really important questions about both went not only unanswered but unasked.

And a Reliable Source "confirmed" what almost everyone has known since September 10, 2013: that the iPhone 6 is probably going to be announced in September 2014.

You read it here second.___________

"Rumors and past release date info have thus far pointed towards a September launch date for the iPhone 6, which has now been confirmed by a reliable source that spoke to MacRumors."

~ Juli Clover, MacRumors, without giving even a hint of what "reliable" means in this context, especially given the fact that almost anyone who can count to 12 has been expecting a September announcement ever since last September.__________

iPhone 6 mockups: you can trust them

A Japanese website posted a confusing (at least confusing in the Google Translate English version) story that is being widely interpreted in the iOSphere as, somehow, confirming that the various iPhone 6 mockups for the rumored 4.7-inch model actually do give a "rough idea" of the final product.

That would seem to be a logical impossibility since to know whether a mockup was even a rough copy of the final product, you would have to know what the final product actually looked like. And, of course, we don't.

Our Google translation of the original Japanese post renders the headline as: "iPhone6 is 'thin, round' validate the model made in China."

The headline at GForGames, one of the first to pick this up, interprets this as "iPhone 6 Mockups Found To Give A 'Rough Idea' Of The Final Product." Mihai Matei reassures his readers: "Well, Nikkei's sources have recently shed more light on the matter, and informed us that the mockups can indeed give a rough idea of the final product."

9to5Mac's subsequent headline interprets the GForGames headline as "iPhone 6 mockups are a 'rough approximation' according to report, claims antenna design will differ significantly." According to Benjamin Mayo, "As translated by GforGames, the report says that while the mockups offer a good estimate of the final design, some key details are omitted."

Good news, eh?

So what did the "report" actually reveal? The post's author, Hiroshi Maruo, writes "This mock-up, I got from the mail order site of China dealing with repair parts of the iPhone."

Based on this treasure, Maruo explains that "In this article, and people in regard to making things Apple, along with the designer and manufacturer of competing with Apple design information such as through contract manufacturers, I explore the direction of the design of the iPhone." Technically, he means "I explore the direction of the design of anonymous third-party mockups of the iPhone."


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