March 17, 2012, 7:21 AM —
Unseasonably warm weather, as so often happens, triggered rumor precipitation in the iOSsphere.
This week, the thin-screened iPhone, new guesses about The Date, confirming LTE based on something Verizon didn't say, the beauty of ultrasonic bonding, and the beer can phone.
You read it here second.
"The latest Apple iPhone is expected to come with a back plate made of the same material used in beer cans, and a rubberized bezel or edge." -- Sangeeta Mukherjee, International Business Times, winner of this week's Infelicitous Rumor Phrasing Award.
iPhone 5 will be thinner due to touch-screen technology
Business Insider has a post that is essentially an excerpt from a Wall Street analyst's "report."
The analyst, Peter Misek, with securities firm Jefferies & Co., says Apple is working with Toshiba on an advanced display technology for the iPhone. According to BI, "The new screen technology is said to be more responsive, and will allow Apple to make a thinner phone."
Misek's actual quote is: "We believe Apple is partnering with Toshiba Mobile Display on inCell [though its "in-cell" in Toshiba documents] technology for potential inclusion in the iPhone 5 or beyond." "We believe" is a lot less definite than "I know."
Toshiba unveiled its in-cell advances in May 2011, at the annual symposium of the Society for Information Display.