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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending March 7

John Cox | March 10, 2014
The iOSphere overflowed with gratitude for the monumental failure, the colossal collapse, the flop, the fiasco, the disaster of the iPhone 5C because it has finally convinced Apple to give the iPhone 6 a screen larger than four inches.

The iOSphere overflowed with gratitude for the monumental failure, the colossal collapse, the flop, the fiasco, the disaster of the iPhone 5C because it has finally convinced Apple to give the iPhone 6 a screen larger than four inches.

Rarely has irrationality been suffused with such smugness.

Also this week, Apple is planning a "massive launch" for iPhone 6. Apparently the other iPhone launches were less than massive. New speculation emerged that the Apple A8 processor is being cranked out already and that Samsung isn't doing the cranking.

Finally, don't expect the iPhone 6 before late summer, which of course extends this year to Sept. 23, and that means you can expect iPhone 6...during the same period that Apple has been announcing iPhones for years.

You read it here second.

iPhone 6 will have a bigger screen because of the iPhone 5C "fiasco"
Thank heavens for the iPhone 5C. Apparently, it's been such a "failure" and "flop" and "fiasco" that Apple has come to its corporate senses and decided to build the iPhone 6 with a screen bigger than four inches.

This heretofore unknown dynamic was revealed first in yet another brief Digitimes post that cites a confusing mix of sources "recent market rumors" and "Taiwan-based supply chain makers" on the "below-expectations sales performance" and "inventory volumes" of iPhone 5C.

Here's the opening: "Due to below-expectations sales performance, recent market rumors have indicated that iPhone 5c shipments drastically decreased at the end of 2013 and inventory volumes have built up to more than three million units, consisting of about two million units at ODM Pegatron Technology and over one million units in total with telecom carriers and distributors, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers."

It's hard to evaluate these claims without knowing if an inventory of 3 million is unusual for either the six months that the iPhone 5C has been available or for any previous iPhone. Keep in mind that Apple sells tens of millions of iPhones every quarter. And keep in mind that inventories change constantly according to a range of variables.

The conclusion? "In the future, the sources believe Apple's miscalculation should help it adjust its smartphone strategy to release products with bigger screen sizes to satisfy user demand."

This conclusion amounts to a non sequitur it simply doesn't follow from the premises. If the iPhone 5C's 4-inch screen was the reason for allegedly low sales, one would expect that the iPhone 5S, which also has a 4-inch screen, would have likewise been affected. In fact, as Apple CEO Tim Cook explained in the January 2014 earnings call, demand for the 5S in its first three months of availability was higher than Apple had expected at least in North America.

 

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