This photo wouldn't be terribly difficult to fake. That having been said, there's something just so vanilla about this rumor that it feels like it's probably true anyway.
Then, in contrast, there's this total non-story: some post on a Chinese forum making grandiose claims about the next-gen iPhone's camera sensor. Not even a post on a website, just a forum post by some guy. What's next, are rumor blogs going to start using posts on Secret as sources -- oh wait, that totally already happened.
It's worth noting that a megapixel bump was previously rumored to be in the cards for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, but both devices share the same 8-megapixel camera resolution as their iPhone 4s predecessor. This does not appear to be a segment of the "spec wars" that Apple is interested in pursuing.
Analysts believe a lot of things. That doesn't mean you're obligated to repeat all of them. Just the opposite, actually, considering their absolutely terrible track record.
This time, the analysts believe Apple can't make enough sapphire for all of its new iPhones and will instead offer the new display "glass" on only the high-end models. There is, of course, no justification offered for this "belief."
Guys, I promise if we all stop paying attention to these moron "analysts" they will all eventually disappear in puffs of logic. Unfortunately, I make this promise knowing full well none of you rumormongers will pay it any heed, because pageviews. Speaking of which...
From the article: "Estimates from a poll of 26 analysts includes predictions ranging from 31.8 million to almost 40 million units." There you have it. I can't think of any more concrete proof than this to show that these so-called "analysts" are basically just throwing darts at a wall full of numbers. Seriously, a variance of over 8 million units? That variance is wider than the quarterly unit sales for entire companies. These clowns have no actual clue what they're talking about when they're talking about Apple.
Yet more "news" from Economic Daily, who is sounding more and more like a desperate re-branding of Digitimes with every passing week.
Hint: there's no consensus because these people have no idea what they're talking about. The range in analyst predictions for iPad sales isn't quite as terrible as it was for iPhone sales, but it's still pretty bad, with 12.3 million on the low end and 16 million on the high end. I know these guys aren't sitting in a room together and comparing notes, but that's part of what makes the variance in predictions so amusing; with a gap of nearly 4 million between the top and bottom of these predictions, it makes these people look like the Keystone Kops they actually are.
From the article, with emphasis added: "It's not clear where these images come from, or whether the battery is made indeed for the iPhone 6."
Just in case you haven't been keeping track, let me sum up: every Apple product rumored for release this year which hasn't had any legitimate parts leak to the public has now been "delayed" until next year according to the rumor blogs and their vomitous "sources."
- The iPad Pro: No parts leaks, no evidence it exists. "Delayed" until 2015 according to Chinese publications.
- The iWatch: No parts leaks, no evidence it exists. "Delayed" until 2015 according to some analyst.
- The iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch display: No parts leaks, no evidence it exists. "Delayed" until 2015 according to some analyst.
- The 12-inch MacBook with a Retina display: No parts leaks, no evidence it exists. "Delayed" until 2015 according to some Taiwanese publication.
Gee, it's hard to see the pattern in all of these "delays."
From the article: "Because AppleInsider cannot verify the authenticity of the hardware, the following is offered for purposes of discussion only."
Again, rumormongers, you keep using that phrase "purposes of discussion," but I keep hearing "pageviews, glorious pageviews."
Anyway, it's not surprising AppleInsider couldn't verify the authenticity of this hardware, as it's a spaghetti of ribbon cables entirely devoid of useful context. It's like finding a random bit of intestine in an alley and trying to determine where its former owner went to university.
Bloomberg, Re/code, and 9to5 Mac are all coming down firmly on the side of the Jay Carney rumors being true. Unfortunately for them, Jim Dalrymple has never even once been wrong with his binary Yep/Nope pronouncements on Apple rumors, and he gave the Nope to this one last week.
Not that I mind 9to5 Mac getting another rumor wrong, mind you. Every time it happens, an angel gets its wings.