Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to This Week In Apple Rumors, our regular look at unconfirmed gossip and questionably sourced reports radiating from Cupertino. This week we heard speculation about an early September iPhone 5S release date, bigger iPhone and iPad displays, and what Apple may be building for cars. And we saw a video of what some believe is the plastic case for a new, less expensive iPhone. So without further ado, here's This Week in Apple Rumors.
Sept. 6 iPhone 5S Release Date
The iPhone 5S may be just over a month away. Cult of Mac relayed a report from the German blog iFun that says the next iPhone will be "coming to market" on Sept. 6. iFun cites a very credible source "to be taken seriously," according to a HuffPost translation.
If true, the release would come a bit earlier in the year than previous versions of the iPhone to hit the market. The iPhone 5 was unveiled on Sept. 12 of last year and went on sale in the U.S. nine days later. The iPhone 4S was announced on Oct. 4, 2011, and went on sale in the U.S. 10 days later.
The site also said to expect "two new device types, and this doesn't mean two different color or memory variations." Hmmm ... could it be two different screen sizes?
Bigger iPhone and iPad Displays
On Monday, The Wall Street Journal rekindled earlier reports that Apple is testing bigger screens for its iPhone and iPad. While the size of the rumored iPhone screen is unclear, the WSJ said Apple asked its suppliers "for screen designs for a new tablet measuring slightly less than 13 inches." The iPad has a 9.7-inch display and the iPhone 5 has a 4-inch display.
Apple finally took Donald Trump's advice, said Donald Trump.
Plastic iPhone Case (On Video!)
There have been rumors for months that Apple is working on a cheaper version of its iPhone that would have a rear casing made of plastic. Michael Kukielka, a.k.a. DetroitBORG, says he got his hands on the casing (thanks to Sonny Dickson), and made a video.
DetroitBORG calls it "a merger" of the iPhone 3GS and the iPod touch. It's thicker than the iPod touch and bit wider than the iPhone 5, and has the 4-inch display of the iPhone 5.
Apple's Dashboard of the Future
Tim Cook's comments in Apple's earnings call on Tuesday that "having something in the automobile is very, very important" brought renewed attention to what exactly Apple has planned for cars.
Last month, the company announced iOS in the Car, a way to integrate messages, Maps, and the iPhone more closely with new cars from a dozen manufacturers.
But iOS in the Car may be only the beginning. A few weeks ago Apple received a patent for a "revolutionary form of dashboard or instrument panel," with sensors, cameras, heads-up displays and customizable knobs and switches.
"It's something that people want, and I think that Apple can do this in a unique way and better than anyone else," Cook said Tuesday. "So it's a key focus for us."