It’s almost incredible to believe, but the iPhone 6 solar powered rumor has caught fire in the rumor mill — enough so that even USA Today ran a video report on it.
In the video above, USA Today reports on rumors that Apple has been steadfastly working on a design that would utilize tiny solar panels to recharge the iPhone in the sunlight. This is rumored to go along with the purported, “locked-down” 4.8-inch iPhone 6 display.
Does the USA Today video piece fill you with good vibrations that the iPhone 6 will be solar powered?
Posted by Michael Nace under Apple News on Tuesday Jan 28, 2014
With Apple’s first-ever gambit to co-release two new iPhones in the same year, one would have expected that the recent iPhone sales numbers would have once again smashed previous records. However, in a stunning reversal of expectations, Apple has posted a rare negative earnings report for its flagship smartphone, which in turn have sent Apple shares reeling in today’s trading (down 7.8% in active trading at the time of this writing).
According to an article on the Wall Street Journal, Apple “sold 51 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 28, up 7% from the year-ago period, after the company introduced two new models in September. Sales of iPhones, however, fell short of analysts’ expectations for 55 million units. In North America, iPhone sales fell, Mr. Cook said.” While it may be easy for consumers to forgive coming up short 4 million iPhones in sales expectations after managing to sell 51 million in the first fiscal quarter, Wall Street rewards the tea leaves on this sort of thing, and they see the failed iPhone sales as yet another sign that Apple may in fact be waning as product leader in the mobile market.
Now may not be the time for the tech community to hammer the nails into Cupertino’s coffin; after all, the company suffered humiliatingly bad products and performance in the marketplace before, only to emerge stronger, more creative, and more competitive. But that was back when they had a guy named Steve Jobs at the helm. Now, with the likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook, shareholders and Apple enthusiasts alike are being treated to damage control messaging that sounds less like the inspired proclamations of an inspired visionary, and more like someone managing the decline. ”Our objective has always been to make the best, not the most,” said Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on a conference call with analysts.
That statement is not only pathetic, it is also bullshit.
Ever since the death of Steve Jobs, Apple has clearly taken a new path towards controlling the narrative in the tech rumor mill. It is no coincidence, for example that pre-release iDevices, which were once so tightly cloaked in the Steve Jobs era, now liberally find their way onto the web months before their official release. However, for as much as Apple thinks it can control the ebb and flow of buzz about its products, Cupertino has not been able to curtail the anticipation for NFC functionality and the long-awaited iWallet feature. Once again, it is being rumored for the iPhone 6, based solely on the discovery of Apple patents. Read More
Is this too early for new iPhone hardware to be leaking out? Not according to a Chinese site that is claiming to have photos of the next iPhone chassis. If this structure was indeed the next iPhone, it shows Apple regressing to previous construction techniques used in the iPhone 4 – not likely.
A form such as this size would provide a screen size of at least 4.7″, which many current iPhone users have been hoping for. However this example is showing very poor craftsmanship, and could really be made by anyone with access to a CNC machine and some spare time.
Posted by Michael Nace under iPhone 6 News on Tuesday Jan 7, 2014
It has become relatively predictable with each new overhauled Apple device: make it thinner and lighter. While it might be a kind of easy way for Cupertino to recap the form factor of iPhones and iPads without actually revamping their overall look, consumers react positive to thinner, lighter devices (case in point, the burgeoning iPad Air).
Now, according to some chatter coming out of Asia, the iPhone 6 may be set to sport an extremely thin form factor in 2014.
Posted by Michael Nace under iPhone 6 News on Saturday Jan 4, 2014
There has been and will continue to be a long-standing debate in the rumor mill regarding the display size of the iPhone 6. Knowing that the 5S would be some sort of a refresh, users weren’t calling for or expecting a larger-screened iPhone in 2013. However, 2014 will be another story. Among avid iPhone users, the question isn’t, “will Apple increase the screen size of the iPhone 6?” but rather, “how much bigger will the iPhone 6 display be?”
According to a recent report, however, there might be more than one new screen size for the iPhone 6. Read More
The iPhone 6 is bound to arrive in 2014. But will Apple even bother to update its C model, and offer an iPhone 6C?
Like you, I scan Apple news each day, looking to see what the tech media and blogosphere is writing about. And like you, most of the time I spend rolling my eyes at crazy, unfounded claims. What caught my eye the other day, however, was mentioning of the iPhone 6C. “iPhone 6C?” I thought to myself. “Why the heck would Apple make another C’ model after the iPhone 5C was lackluster at best?”
And yet, there it was — complete with a shiny, new concept video of what the iPhone 6C could look like (above).
The concept artists can conceptualize all they want. The question remains: are we going to get an iPhone 6C in 2014, along with the iPhone 6?
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