Because history, all five years of it with six models, clearly shows what is customary for the iPhone: They're announced in June or July. Except for the first iPhone, which was announced in January. And the last two, which were announced in September or October. So whenever they announce the next one, it's guaranteed to be premature.
"If Apple wanted to bring the iPhone to T-Mobile in the near future, an upgrade would be necessary," Bedigan declares. "While it could simply convert the existing model (as it did with the iPhone 4 when it came to Verizon), Apple will get more attention -- and likely sell more units -- if it provides T-Mobile with an enhanced model."
So even though Apple just "simply converted" iPhone 4 to run on Verizon's network, and sold millions and millions of them, it's somehow necessary for Apple to "upgrade" or "enhance" the iPhone to sell it on T-Mobile's network.
One suspects that most T-Mobile customers who are interested in the iPhone would be happy to have even an "un-enhanced" iPhone 5, especially if it supports HSPA+42.
"Of course, Apple cannot simply enhance the iPhone for one carrier; it must provide the new version to every carrier," Bedigan writes. "This might be the real source of the iPhone 5S rumors."
The real source of the iPhone 5S rumors is everyone with access to a website, a keyboard, and a Deutsche Telekom press release that fails to mention the word "iPhone."
iPhone 6 will have near-field communication (NFC)
You can't trust Apple. Let's get that out there right up front.
"Apple is known to backtrack on its plans, or even to distort reality simply to shift attention away from its actual plans," writes Filip Truta at Softpedia.com. "The iPad mini is a good example of that."
And how. Remember the late Steve Jobs saying 9.7 inches was the perfect size for a tablet screen? And now they have one with a 7.9-inch screen?
Ditto for near-field communication, a short-range wireless technology touted endlessly for years as enabling the Magic of Contactless Purchases and the Digital Wallet: Just wave your NFC smartphone and buy, buy, buy!
So when Apple marketing supremo Phil Schiller tells the world in September 2012 that "It's not clear that NFC is the solution to any current problem. Passbook does the kinds of things customers need today," you know he's either backtracking or distorting reality or even telling the truth. One of them, for sure.