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Posted: 04/09/12 04:59 PM ET

This Week In Apple Rumors: iPhone 5 Release Date, Apple Television 'iPanel,' And Face Unlock On iPhone

Every week the numerous blogs covering the machinations of the Apple empire float unconfirmed rumors, blatant speculation and questionably-sourced reports on what the company might be unveiling in the near or distant future. Let's take a look back at what the Apple blogs were excited about during the week of April 2 - April 8. Check out our last edition of Apple rumors here, and for all the latest follow me on Twitter right here.

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It's iPhone 5 rumor time! Put the kids to bed because things are about to get irresponsibly speculative!

Let's start with Apple fanboy/Wall St. analyst (fanalyst?) Brian White, he of the 1 trillion dollar AAPL prediction, who visited some Apple suppliers in Asia and returned to America just in time to write a breathless note about how great the next iPhone is going to be.

As quoted by Business Insider, White writes, in part:
The buzz around the new iPhone 5 is growing in Asia and speculation around the timing of the launch has begun. In our view, this will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a four-inch screen and a new, sleek look that we believe will require a Unibody case. . This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade to the iPhone 5, while we believe the addition of 4G will also attract buyers of the new device...In our view, a August/September launch may make more sense given the iPhone 4S was just launched in October 2011.


Though I wish Brian White was as excited about studying basic grammar ("a August/September launch"??) as he is about the next iPhone, the point stands: He's predicting 4-inch displays and a new form factor for the next iPhone, which he believes will be ready for a launch in August or September. I'll go ahead and here note that Brian White also predicted that Apple would launch an iPad Mini in the first three months of 2012, and that he was also positive Apple would launch an all-aluminum, totally redesigned iPhone 5 back in October. Not the best prediction record for this guy.

White is not the only one making reckless predictions about the next iPhone's release date, however. Look who else joined the party...
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