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Rumor Roundup: Dummy unit

Chris Rawson, @@rawsoncj
June 20, 2014
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IPHONE 6 LEAK: This may be our best look yet at the space gray iPhone 6 (BGR)

From the article: "The iPhone 6 leak bonanza continues, as two more dummy iPhone 6 units have been photographed in the wild."

That's not the only dummy unit that's been seen in the wild.

There has been no "iPhone leak bonanza". Mockups don't count. Full stop.

IPHONE 6 LEAK: This is what the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will look like next to an iPhone 5s (BGR)

From the article: "Another day, another handful of next-generation iPhone 6 leaks."

Let me fix that for you: Another day, another brain-dead BGR post from someone who thinks these mockups constitute actual leaks. They don't.

iPhone 6 Sapphire Display Limited to 5.5" Model as LG Struggles with iWatch Display Power Draw? (MacRumors)

I imagine the headline writing went something like this: "The question mark at the end means we can just claim we were posting this 'for purposes of discussion' if and when this rumor turns out to be false."

As for the rumor itself, there is an unholy trinity of "sources" for the ongoing claims that there will be two new sizes of iPhone introduced later this year: a neverending stream of mockups, nonsensical ravings from so-called analysts, and rumors like this one sourced from Asian publications with terrible track records.

It seems highly likely there will be a larger version of the iPhone introduced later this year. I've yet to see any convincing evidence pointing to two new versions.

Photos: Purported physical mockups for new iPad Air show recessed volume rocker & Touch ID (9to5 Mac)

9to5 Mac gets in on the rumor blogs' favorite new game: pretending these mockups constitute real news. To their credit, 9to5 Mac is at least waving a hand in the general direction of credulity, unlike some other publications who treat these mockups as though an Apple employee left them behind in a bar.

Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone may be impossible to find when it launches this fall (BGR)

From the article: "Given that these are supply chain sources, they might not have the entire story on how production of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is going."

Gee, you think? "Supply chain sources" are so notoriously inaccurate that Tim Cook himself has repeatedly advised the media against drawing any conclusions from them. But of course, you can't teach a dumb dog new tricks. Or any tricks, really. Including housebreaking.

iPhone 6 likely to sport barometer/air pressure sensors to measure altitude, weather (9to5 Mac)

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I am convinced that if the iPhone 6 debuts without these sensors, it will be because of this leak.

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2.5-Inch iWatch with Wireless Charging and Pulse Sensor to Enter Mass Production in July (MacRumors)

"Sources familiar with the product" make the usual raft of claims about this long-rumored but never-seen product. The only truly new claim here is the screen size, which makes this sound a lot more like an iGauntlet than an iWatch.

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