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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.

Most of his post is a catalog of how rotten is the quality of the mockup he obtained. The surface is "gritty rough." There is an "unwanted bulge," and "visible trace of burr holes," all completely lacking in the "polite polish characteristic of Apple products." And "it was also full of gap distance between the hole and the button."

"Still, Taken together the opinions of designers and manufacturers of competing person involved in making things at the beginning, could have a rough design become this street even iPhone 6 the actual 's high likely," according to Maruo.

So despite the fact the mockup comes from an anonymous Chinese mail order repair site, and is of crappy quality, yet still somehow it is actual's high likely to give a rough design of the iPhone 6.

And "Last but not least," according to GForGames' Matei, "the source has also mentioned that the white stripes found on the back panel of the mockups are not going to be part of the final design. For now they might only mark out the area where the back panel will "break" into multiple pieces, similar to the iPhone 5S."

What he means is that the back of the 5s looks like this, with ceramic glass inlays at the top and bottom, while the mockup-with-lines looks like this.

The fact that, less than three months before the expected iPhone 6 announcement, the iOSphere is "debating" the meaning of lines in mockups from who knows where shows how little is actually known about the next model. Or models.

iPhone 6 will be announced in early September and ship later in September

The really amazing thing about this is that it's being treated as "news," even by the Internet's debased meaning of that term.

"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," writes Juli Clover, in a post at MacRumors.

The headline to Clover's post -- "Apple Expected to Announce iPhone 6 in Early September, With Launch Later in the Month" -- actually could have been written on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, the day after the iPhone 5c and 5s were announced.

Ever since, the most reasonable expectation has been that Apple would announce the 2014 iPhone 12 months after the 2013 iPhone. Clover gives us no indication of why she considers her source "reliable," and therefore no evidence to persuade her readers to do so.

The rest of the post is an exercise in "if A, then B and C." If the phone ships in late September, then lots of them have to be available to, you know, ship. "Mass shipments of the iPhone 6 from China to the United States are expected to occur during the last two weeks of August and it is likely that Apple will announce the iPhone 6 during the first or second weeks of September," Clover deduces. "The first deliveries of the device will come later in the month on a corresponding Friday, roughly a week and a half after the event."


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