Every week, the numerous blogs covering the mysterious 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 17 - 23. Check out our last edition of Apple rumors here, and for all the latest follow me on Twitter right here.
"The iPhone 5 Will Put The Galaxy S3 To Shame"
Trash talk: It's not just for NBA players, apparently. This past week, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou was quoted as saying that the next model of the iPhone "will put the Samsung Galaxy S III to shame" and that consumers should "wait for the launch of the iPhone 5." Shots. Fired. (If it's true, of course: In April, Terry Gou supposedly leaked information about the upcoming Apple television; that was followed by a press release from Foxconn emphatically denying that Terry Gou <em>ever</em> said <em>anything</em> about any Apple television, whatever <em>that</em> is.) Bad-mouthing Samsung seems more plausible, <a href="http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2012/06/hon-hai-apples-iphone-5-to-put-samsungs-galaxy-iii-to-shame.html" target="_hplink">as Patently Apple points out</a>: Foxconn, and Terry Gou, hate Samsung. The reason? Samsung snitchin', yo. <a href="http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2012/06/hon-hai-apples-iphone-5-to-put-samsungs-galaxy-iii-to-shame.html" target="_hplink">From Patently Apple</a>: <blockquote>There's no hiding the fact that Hon Hai isn't fond of Samsung.[Gou] was quoted by China Times as stating that he made it a lifetime goal to defeat Samsung, "a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors." He was referring to Samsung's action in 2010 of snitching on four Taiwanese companies in an investigation by the EU commission on price fixing in the flat panel industry. Samsung was exempted from the investigation by serving as a "tainted witness." </blockquote> So, they hate each other. And if Gou can stop Samsung from making money by teasing a next-gen iPhone without naming any specifics -- well, maybe he'll do just that. As for those specifics...
Are These The Dimensions Of The Next iPhone?
<a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/" target="_hplink">MobileFun</a>, a fun site about fun mobile fun stuff, <a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/blog/2012/06/iphone-5-case-image-leaks-confirm-final-design/" target="_hplink">has stumbled upon the image at left</a>, which it claims shows the dimensions of the next iPhone. You can see a larger, taller 4-inch screen (matching many earlier reports), a smaller dock connector (more on that in a moment), and a thinness of what would be a super-thin 7.8 millimeters. The aforementioned, soon-to-be-shamed-says-Foxconn-CEO Galaxy S3, for example, is 8.6 mm thick; the current iPhone is a comparatively chunky 9.3 mm in width. To get an idea of what 7.8 millimeters looks like, head over to T-Mobile and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/18/htc-one-s-review_n_1432372.html" target="_hplink">pick up a HTC One S</a>: That ultra-skinny, ultra-light smartphone is also 7.8 millimeters. You can check some more schematics of what <a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/blog/2012/06/iphone-5-case-image-leaks-confirm-final-design/" target="_hplink">might be the next iPhone over at MobileFun</a>; for some realistic mock-ups of what these dimensions might look like in real life, might I suggest the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/15/iphone-5-pictures-new-retina-macbooks-ios-6-release-date_n_1601576.html" target="_hplink">photos we showcased in last week's Apple rumors</a>? Almost every pre-iPhone-5 leak we've seen in the past couple months, including this fun, fun, fun one, has pictured an iPhone with a smaller dock connector. Now, we have more evidence that this is maybe, possibly true (and what that might mean for your old accessories, which could become obsolete)...
The iPhone 5 Will Almost Definitely Have A Smaller Dock Connector
<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/20/confirmed-the-new-iphone-will-have-a-19-pin-mini-connector/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29" target="_hplink">TechCrunch reporter John Biggs has some reportage</a> to share with you all, and you're probably not gonna like it: According to "three independent manufacturers" with inside information, the 30-pin dock connector on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod -- you know, where you plug in the power cord -- will be retired with the iPhone 5, in favor of a smaller dock connector. That means all new cords, accessories, etc. You can see a pretty (and pretty accurate) rendering of what the new, smaller dock connector might look like, made by last week's superstar, Martin Hajek. What does this mini-connector mean? Thinner devices, with more room for other stuff inside the device, for one thing. Obsolete accessories, for another. <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/20/confirmed-the-new-iphone-will-have-a-19-pin-mini-connector/?fb_comment_id=fbc_10151072215241349_24489343_10151073522436349" target="_hplink">Robert Scoble hears that</a> the new iPhone charger might be magnetic, for whatever that's worth. This is an Apple rumor we've been hearing for months now; so if you're planning on buying that new iPhone when it comes out this fall, don't load up on speaker docks and car chargers beforehand.
Apple Television -- the "iTV" -- To Arrive By Christmas, Says Some Website
We've been following the so-called iTV -- an Apple-produced television set, with Siri voice control and totally redesigned user interface -- since last autumn, when Steve Jobs revealed to Walter Isaacson that Apple was indeed working on one. We've tracked tons of rumors since then, and here's another one: Chinese website 21cbh.com hears that Foxconn will start mass-producing the iTV in Q3 of this year, so that Apple's television will be set to ship by Christmas. Analyst Brian White -- <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/15/iphone-5-pictures-new-retina-macbooks-ios-6-release-date_n_1601576.html" target="_hplink">who has been wrong about Apple in the past</a> -- <a href="http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/06/21/foxconn_rumored_to_begin_receiving_apple_television_lcds_in_q3_2012.html" target="_hplink">spotted the story and predicts</a> a "merry holiday season for Apple" if true, though he warns that he "will continue to monitor the data points surrounding the timing of this launch as they could change". Thanks for the analysis. We wouldn't mark this one down as a definite until we see more evidence that an Apple television is, in fact, on its way, however. That's all for This Week In Apple Rumors. Make sure you check back next week for more, or, if you just can't wait that long, you can <a href="http://twitter.com/gilbertjasono" target="_hplink">follow me on Twitter</a> for Apple rumors as they arrive.