July 20, 2012, 11:56 PM — Much of the nation was gripped in searing heat, but the temperature soared even more in the iOSphere fueled by trusted sources and Photobucket.
This week, rumors of the start of iPhone production were cruelly dashed by new rumors that it hadn't: Apple is only testing phones, not building them. Also, could mini-SIMs mean the death of the Liquidmetal SIM extractor? Say it isn't so. Informed speculation explores Apple's battery challenges for iPhone 5. And Verizon hints with vague references that are interpreted as a not-very-surprising Q4 launch for the Next iPhone.
And the Chicoms really, really want iPhone 5. And Apple really, really wants them to have it.
You heard it here second.
"That's according to Verizon CFO Fran Shammo, who hinted at the possible timing [of iPhone 5 launch] during the company's quarterly conference call today with a vague reference to a major phone the carrier expects to launch in the fourth quarter." -- Roger Cheng, CNET, confirming through hints and vague references that iPhone 5 possibly maybe likely could perhaps be announced between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012
iPhone 5 is being tested, but not yet manufactured
Relying on a "trusted source," and hoping we will, too, Jonathan Geller at Boy Genius Report says the "several reports suggesting that Apple has begun final production" of iPhone 5 are, actually, wrong.
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Although Geller's phrasing is that "this suggestion isn't quite true." Which to Rollup sounds a bit like saying "she isn't quite pregnant."
One of the several not-quite-true reports is by the Japanese website Macotakara, which posted, "My reliable Chinese sources told that, new iPhone has started manufacture phase ..." And it adds this delightfully provocative detail: "back faceplate of this new iPhone has naked aluminum surface and partially glass covered part."
Geller isn't buying it. The rumor, not the phone.
"Apple goes through multiple stages before a product is manufactured, and two of these include the "engineering verification test" stage and the "design verification test" phase," Geller writes authoritatively, paving the way for yet more of those cool insider acronyms so beloved of the iOSphere: EVT and DVT.