The linkbait and breathless re-posting of poorly-sourced nonsense continues apace, with at least two articles claiming to have knowledge (and photos!) of a phone that probably isn't even being built in factories yet.
A South Korean publication claims the next iPhone, the "iPhone Air," will be 6 millimeters thick. But from BGR's article: "The publication says the news comes from Chinese media, but it certainly can't be verified at this point." Not only can it not be verified, with nine months (or so) to go before the next iPhone launches, anyone claiming to have knowledge of the next-gen handset is off their rocker.
Apple hits snags in 'iWatch' production, loses director of iPod software to Nest (AppleInsider; also covered by BGR, MacRumors)
The Information reports that Apple is running into problems bringing the iWatch to market. Since its article is behind a paywall, it's uncertain if one of the challenges/snags/problems they mention is, "No credible source has ever come out with verifiable information that this product actually exists, and all anyone has to go on so far is speculative nonsense from analysts and lamebrained echo-chamber BS from 'supply chain sources in Asia'."
John Gruber of Daring Fireball classified this as "From the Department of Not-News," and Jim Dalrymple of The Loop agreed with him. Since these guys are two of only a very few Apple writers I trust, you might as well take this rumor out into the desert and bury it.
This could be the first ever image of the iPhone 6 frame (BGR; also covered by 9to5 Mac)
I'm not sure what's more depressing: that BGR and 9to5 Mac reblogged these photos despite both of them admitting they were "dubious" and/or "sketchy, or that 9to5 Mac couldn't even make it two whole weeks into 2014 before falling headfirst back into the "Apple rumor game of telephone" by passing on this kind of garbage-sourced non-story.
Oh well. Resolutions are made to be broken, I guess.