Don't Trust iPhone 5 Rumors: 10 Reasons Why

News Analysis: The iPhone 5 rumor mill is heating up. But at this point, there's no reason to trust any rumors. Apple may be getting billions of dollars of free publicity from all these iPhone 5 rumors, but we aren't left with any factual information that's worth a penny.

Just about every time one checks out the news and blogs on the Web these days, there's some sort of rumor related to Apple's iPhone 5. The latest rumors discuss everything from the device's screen size to whether it will come with a better antenna to overcome the reception-killing "death grip" issue that plagued its predecessors.

But readers of these rumors are left with no more knowledge than what they started with. We know no more factual information about the iPhone 5 than before these rumors started circulating. This situation is sure to continue until Apple decides to release the phone, or it trickles out some real information about it.

That was made abundantly clear as of late when an alleged iPhone 5 prototype was reportedly lost in a bar. Immediately, reports cropped up suggesting it was definitely the next smartphone that Apple would launch. But after the excitement faded, it's apparent this rumor didn't help to prove or disprove anything that has been suggested about what features the iPhone 5 will actually offer. In fact, it was little more than just another smartphone that might or might not make its way to store shelves.

But this begs the real question: If an iPhone 5 prototype has really surfaced, why do Apple employees keep losing them in very public places? Readers might remember that this is the same thing that happened with a reputed prototype of the iPhone 4.

With this situation in mind, it might be a good time toexamine why iPhone 5 rumors cannot be trusted. As many as there are out there, there isn't a single rumor that you should believe will definitely come true.

Read on to find out why:

1. Prototypes aren't finished products

Much has been made about the alleged iPhone prototype that was lost in a bar in San Francisco. Apple reportedly tried to find the device, leading some to wonder if it was, in fact, the iPhone 5. But the chances of that happening seem rather slim. Prototypes are by no means finished products. For a single device, there can be many prototypes out there. But the finished product is likely locked away at Apple.

2. Remember Apple's secrecy

Even though Steve Jobs is no longer CEO at Apple, his company'svalue of secrecy has not changed. Over the years, Apple hasn't let anything slip out. In fact, leaking information to the press is punishable with termination at Apple. Realizing that, all the rumors that crop up hardly ever (if ever, in fact) come from an Apple employee, which immediately makes them unreliable.

3. They're an attention-grabber

One of the things about Apple rumors is that they do a good job of grabbing the attention of people. They tend to be sensational; they usually discuss major improvements that folks would want to see in their next iPhone; and for the people crafting them, they get a chance to show off their predictions for Apple's future. But sadly, they hardly ever prove to be true.

4. The ideas don't make sense

If one considers some of the ideas that have been floated on the Web about the iPhone 5, they will quickly realize why Apple rumors can't be trusted. Some suggest that the iPhone 5 will come with several versions for people looking for different things in the device. Other rumors say Apple will finally offer an enterprise-friendly, physical-keyboard-equipped option.Both rumors are fanciful and make little sense. That's the problem with many of the iPhone 5-related rumors.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...