Following up on their previous report about a thinner and lighter iPhone 5, the Wall Street Journal is back at it, this time claiming that Apple’s 2012 model of the iPhone (presumably the iPhone 6) will feature a new method for charging (my guess is on wireless induction charging). Forget about the iPhone 5 folks, we’ve got the iPhone 6 to fabricate rumors about – let’s get a head start!
The report claims that Apple is already at work on the iPhone’s 6th generation, which is expected sometime in 2012. There are no details provided for what kind of alternative charging method might be used, but possibilities range from a Thunderbolt connector all the way up to wireless induction charging (this is what I’d bet on), or perhaps a combination thereof.
Further, the Wall Street Journal is claiming that, in addition to the iPhone 4, Apple is still working on a lower-priced scaled-down iPhone with an edge-to-edge display. It appears that they missed the memo that it just doesn’t seem reasonable or even likely for Apple to release a cheaper scaled-down iPhone 5 when they already have the iPhone 3GS (or perhaps even the iPhone 4?) to fill that niche.
Finally, the report claims that the iPhone 5 would have launched this summer, but instead will be launching in September simply because the hardware was not ready for a summer launch. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a complete revamp of the iPhone occurring – perhaps all those sources discussing a revamped iPhone 5 were really talking about the iPhone 6?
In short, this rumor really doesn’t give us much to go on – it’s unlikely if not impossible that anyone outside of the Apple Elite would have access to information about the iPhone 6 (although if the iPhone 5 design is finalized, they may indeed already be working on it). Further, it spews out unlikely notions such as a new scaled-down iPhone and blasts out new ideas for a product nobody will see for an entire year, all while failing to cite a source or providing any kind of evidence at all.
Is this a likely story from the Wall Street Journal, or just more speculative and baseless rumor-mongering nonsense? I’ll go with the latter, thank you very much. Your thoughts? Sound off in the comments!