Apple's next iPhone is the subject of contrary rumors over its size, encapsulating both the excitement and confusion over the company's upcoming releases.
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Street Journal and The New York Times publish their share of iPhone rumors,
usually based on unnamed sources "close to Apple," but usually those reports
correspond in their broader details. That was until this week, at least, when
the two newspapers' reports of the next iPhone collided like two out-of-control
a Feb. 14 article
, detailed a next-generation iPhone "about half the size
of the iPhone 4." The unnamed source had apparently seen "a prototype of the
phone late last year" and told the newspaper "it is intended for sale alongside
Apple's existing line." The article declined to mention whether that "half the
size" referred to the iPhone's screen, thickness or some combination of both.
later, the Times disputed the Journal's report. "Apple is not currently
developing a smaller iPhone," reported the
newspaper Feb. 17
. "Apple's engineers are currently focused on finishing
the next version of the iPhone, which is likely to be similar in size to the
current iPhone 4." The Times' unnamed source went on to add that Apple "was not
planning to introduce a smaller iPhone any time soon."
possible, of course, that Apple did build a smaller iPhone as an experiment
never intended for wide release. Until Apple holds its inevitable unveiling
event, though, the rumor mill surrounding the next iPhone will doubtlessly
grind merrily away. Apple's longstanding habit of not providing official
comment-and keeping its upcoming products out of sight-helps fuel speculation
and the company's cachet. For publications, the fact that Apple rumors have a
habit of attracting substantial readership doesn't hurt, either.
lines, rumors periodically erupt of shrunken Apple devices heading to market.
Scuttlebutt over a seven-inch iPad circulated widely during summer 2010, only
to die once Apple CEO Steve Jobs denigrated that particular tablet size during
an October 2010 earnings call. Whispers of an iPhone Nano trace back even
at least 2008
meantime, the biggest iPhone-related news focuses on the Verizon iPhone 4,
which the carrier and Apple offered for general availability Feb. 10. Verizon
claims that iPhone sales for the first day of preorder availability broke its
pre-existing first-day sales records, but a
Feb. 16 posting on the Boy Genius Report
hinted that in-store sales during
the first five days of release might have been less than blockbuster.