iPhone 6 rumor rollup for the week ending Feb. 22

By , Network World |  Mobile & Wireless, iPhone

There's not a lot of substantive reporting in terms of understanding Apple's display options, with many of the rumors based on anonymous industry, or Asian supply chain, sources, and on each other. The Rollup attempted a brief summary of some display issues in the "iPad 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Feb. 6," specifically the section "iPad 5 will have GF2 DITO OMG IMHO screen structure."

The "low yields" refrain is now so widespread and reflexive that it's difficult to tell whether it's a real problem for any Apple displays or it has achieved the status of Internet Urban Legend.

On July 31, 2012, AppleInsider was one of many websites that warned, based on a story in DigiTimes, that "Low yield rates for in-cell touchscreens may affect Apple's next iPhone," that is, the iPhone 5. Yet barely 60 days later, AppleInsider was more upbeat, based on a Note to Investors by Sterne Agee's Shaw Wu, claiming that "yield rates for Apple's iPhone 5 in-cell touch panels [are] improving."

iPhone 6 won't look like these "leaked" photos

Photos that purport to show the Next iPhone, which could be iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 depending on your preference, were posted at this Chinese website two weeks ago, and last week began appearing on some blogs and tech sites.

"Leaked iPhone 5S Images Show Off Identical Look To iPhone 5," was the bold headline over an Ubergizmo post by Daniel Perez. "[W]e're seeing another photo possibly leaking the iPhone 5S' sweet, sweet innards coming from Chinese website Zol.com.cn," he gushed.

Now, he did admit in a masterful understatement that "it's hard to confirm the legitimacy of each rumor." And then fell back on that tried and true iOSphere confirmation criterion: Why would anyone lie?

"But at this point, we'd have to wonder why anyone would leak images of anything that wasn't the next iPhone ..."

We couldn't have said it better.

Unfortunately for the credulous Mr. Perez, MacRumors' Slivka actually studied the photos and concluded they show that "the device is clearly an iPhone 5 clone," in other words, a ripoff, a counterfeit.

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