By Harry McCracken | Monday, October 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm
Twelve hours from now, someone–most likely new Apple CEO Tim Cook–will be standing on a stage in Cupertino, well into the company’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” event. Normally at this point, it feels like we have a pretty decent sense of what the company is about to announce. Not all the details–which is fine with me, since I like surprises–but two-thirds of the broad strokes.
This time? Things are surprisingly blurry. If there’s no Sprint iPhone of some sort, and no iPhone with ambitious voice commands based on the Siri technology Apple acquired, I’ll be startled. But we don’t really know whether there will be one iPhone or two. We don’t know if there will be a radically new iPhone 5 or one that’s a near-twin of the iPhone 4. We’re not sure if the screen size will change. Basically, most of scuttlebutt of the past few months is still in play.
So here’s a roundup of some of the major rumors. In each case, I’m linking to an article that spreads a rumor–and one which quashed it. If you need to refresh your memory, read any or all of ’em. And then–assuming you’re reading this before 10am PT on Tuesday–vote in our silly little poll. (I’ll report on the results once the news is out.
Pro: Is This What the iPhone 5 Will Look Like, Josh Topolsky, This is My Next
Con: Teardrop Skepticism, John Gruber, Daring Fireball
Pro: Leaked iPhone 5 Screen protector Suggests a Larger Display and a Wider Home Button, Daisybahu, Redmond Pie
Con: iPhone 5 to Stick With Smaller Screen Size?, Lance Whitney, Cnet
Pro: The New iPhone…, Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac
Con: I can’t find any stories denying this possibility!
Con: Only One New iPhone This Year and It Will Look a Lot Like the iPhone 4, Says Analyst, John Paczkowski, All Things D
Pro: Inside Sprint’s Bet on iPhone, Joanne Lublin and Spencer Ante, Wall Street Journal
Con: No Sprint iPhone 4 (or 5) this year means more Android smartphones, Joan Lee, The Pop Herald
Pro: Sprint scores iPhone 5 exclusive thanks to $20 billion deal with Apple?, Jonathan Geller, BGR
Con: BGR is Crazypants, says iPhone 5 is exclusive to Sprint, John Brownlee, Cult of Mac
Pro: T-Mobile to get iPhone 5 as well, report says, Josh Lowensohn, Cnet
Con: Well, T-Mobile denied it.
Con: Vodafone UK Almost Confirms iPhone 5 to
come With 16/32GB Storage, Oliver Haslam, iDownloadBlog
Pro: iPhone 5 rumoured to have improved camera flash, Andy Merrett, Cnet UK
Con: “Leaked” photo suggests the iPhone 5 camera won’t be much of an upgrade, Chris Foresman, Ars Technica
Pro: iPhone 5: Thin ‘World Phone’ With No LTE 4G, Analyst Says, Brian Caufield, Forbes
Con: I can’t find any refutations of this rumor.
Pro: iPhone 5 will look a whole lot like the iPhone 4: report, Matthew Shaer, Christian Science Monitor
Con: iPhone 5 to have radical new design according to Case-Mate images, Todd Haselton, BGR
Okay, ready to vote?
Thanks for chiming in–and if you happen to be reading this during the keynote at 10am PT on Tuesday, check out Macworld’s liveblog, the one I’ll be reading. (We’re also embedding it at technologizer.com/iphone5.)