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 June 3 - 9. Check out our last edition of Apple rumors here, and for all the latest follow me on Twitter right here.
Here's A Video Of What The iPhone 5 Might Look Like
Last week, we showed you photos of a possible design for the iPhone 5, with a two-tone, segmented look on the back that kind of made the iPhone look like a fancy metallic bowling shoe. This week, that exact design was caught on video and handled by an employee of ETrade Supply.<br> <br> You can watch the video at left, or I can spoil it for you: The video shows you a taller, thinner iPhone 5, making room for a 4-inch display; a smaller dock connector; and the headphone jack moved to the bottom of the phone.<br> <br> Is this an authentic iPhone component? Yeah, no one knows. It is an Apple rumor, and by its very nature, an Apple rumor is a skeezy, sketchy, dubious thing. Regardless, the video <a href="http://daringfireball.net/linked/2012/06/08/iphone-back-cover" target="_hplink">seems to have won at least the tentative approval</a> of at least one long-time Apple watcher. <br> <br> For now, let's designate this back plate design concept: "possibly legitimate."
Here's Another Video Of What The iPhone 5 Might Look Like
Not satisfied with an actual, physical video presentation of an iPhone 5 casing, <a href="http://www.blackpoolcreative.com/" target="_hplink">Blackpool Creative</a> put together this graphical rendering of the iPhone 5, based on all the previous leaks and diagrams and rumors and lies. <br> <br> Take a 360 degree tour of the taller, slimmer iPhone 5 at left. It's a little like watching James Cameron's <em>Avatar</em>, except with less action and more heated debate about the proper placement for the next-generation SIM tray. <br> <br> (<a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2012/06/08/high-resolution-iphone-5-renderings-based-on-leaked-parts/" target="_hplink">Via MacRumors</a>).
The iPhone 5 Will Be Thinner, With A 4-Inch Display, Claims Actually Reputable Analyst
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is probably most well-known for being one of the only analysts to accurately predict, <a href="http://allthingsd.com/20110418/iphone-5-a-better-iphone-4/" target="_hplink">all the way back in April 2011</a>, that Apple would not radically change the design of the iPhone 4 for its "iPhone 5" (that would be the iPhone 4S, to you and me). Because of that one correct, conservative prediction, in the face of a bunch of wild forecasts that turned out to be untrue, he has come to be known as an Apple analyst you can trust above the others. <br> <br> Anywho, here's the latest from Mr. Kuo, <a href="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/09/12/apple_set_to_build_30m_iphone_5_units_with_512mb_ram_improved_antenna.html" target="_hplink">from a research note obtained by AppleInsider</a>: He says that Apple's next iPhone will be a bit thinner and taller and will feature a 4.08-inch screen, the largest that Apple can make it such that the iPhone is still totally usable with one hand. He expects that the display will be the same width but a bit taller, which would enable older apps to operate on the new iPhone with black bars on either side (if developers chose not to re-code for the new screen size). <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2012/06/06/next-generation-iphone-rumored-to-adopt-thinner-and-improved-front-and-rear-cameras/" target="_hplink">Kuo expects</a> the rear and front cameras to be improved as well.<br> <br> You can see a rendering from Mr. Kuo's firm, KGI Research, above.
iPhone 5, iPad Mini Will Be Released In September, Says Not-So-Accurate Analyst
Brian White has not been as accurate with his predictions as Kuo. <a href="http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-04-15/tech/30076547_1_ipad-apple-tv-gene-munster" target="_hplink">He told investors</a> to expect an Apple television set by the end of 2011, back in April 2011 (still waiting); he <a href="http://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/2011/10/03/ticonderoga-aluminum-iphone-5-coming-launch-to-shatter-sales-records/" target="_hplink">predicted a totally redesigned iPhone 5</a>, resembling the MacBook Air, back in October 2011 (also false); and <a href="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/02/17/use_of_rfid_in_apples_iphone_5_expected_to_have_a_unique_twist.html" target="_hplink">he claimed that</a> the next iPhone would be NFC-enabled in February 2011 (not true). <br> <br> He was <a href="http://www.bgr.com/2011/10/12/apple-may-launch-ipad-mini-in-early-2012-to-fend-off-kindle-fire/" target="_hplink">also one of the first analysts</a> to predict an iPad Mini -- a cheaper 7-inch version of the popular Apple tablet -- toward the end of 2011. He's back this week with more predictions: Notably, that both the iPad Mini and the next-gen iPhone will be unveiled in September -- not October, as is the general wisdom. <br> <br> Granted, White <a href="http://www.bgr.com/2011/10/12/apple-may-launch-ipad-mini-in-early-2012-to-fend-off-kindle-fire/" target="_hplink">initially expected the iPad Mini</a> to launch in early 2012, but hey -- the guy has to get a prediction correct eventually, right? Right? <br> <br> We're still waiting.
Apple Is Definitely Going To Announce A Whole Bunch Of Stuff On Monday
Here's an Apple rumor you can bank on: On Monday, June 11, at its 1PM EST keynote speech at itsWorldwide Developer's Conference, Apple is going to unveil lots of new stuff. The possibilities for what Apple will announce are too numerous to list here, so <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/08/wwdc-2012-rumors-ios-6_n_1580753.html" target="_hplink">we've put together this handy guide for what to expect on this single page</a>.<br> <br> The short version: iOS 6 with new maps, Facebook integration, and other changes; a refresh of the Apple TV operating system; and, possibly, a crop of new Mac computers, with special emphasis on improvements to the MacBook Pro. <br> <br> Again, for all the Apple juice on what Tim Cook and co. could announce tomorrow, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/08/wwdc-2012-rumors-ios-6_n_1580753.html" target="_hplink">click here</a>. Otherwise, that's all for This Week In Apple Rumors. Make sure to check back here on Monday for coverage of Apple's big day, and return next week for a fresh edition of TWIAR. Or, if you can't wait that long, you can get up to-the-minute Apple rumor coverage by <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/gilbertjasono" target="_hplink">following me on Twitter right here</a>.