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iPhone 5 Rumor RoundUp – Rumor Report For The Week

With so many rumors about the iPhone 5 floating around, it sure is hard to keep track of all of them. With the release dates of next generation iPhone closing in, the rumors have also gained pace, so we have decided to publish iPhone 5 Rumor RoundUp every week to keep you guys updated. These roundups will contain all the rumors and updates about Apple's next installment of the iPhone that we have come across for the particular week.

1. Leaked Photo Of An iPhone 5 Rear Panel Adds To The Separate Camera Flash Arrangement Rumors

The Taiwanese website, Apple.pro has been leaking pretty much everything about the next gen devices, ranging from the next iPhone to the 7th gen iPod nano. This time, they have released purported photos of what is believed to be the rear panel of iPhone 5.

iPhone 5 Rear Panel
Apple.pro leaked photos of the next gen iPhone 5 previously as well but nothing was conclusive enough at that time. This recent unverified photo shows a rear panel having two seperate holes, presumably one for the camera and one for the flash. The origin of the image appears to be a microblogging site Weibo. Photos like this can easily be photo-shopped so we can't be sure about LED flash placement in the opposite corner.

2. iPhone 5's Rear Panel Photo Was Taken By An iPhone 5 Itself?

This one will just blow your mind away. PhotoShop experts (Appman and Kurt178) from iFans were able to enhance the recent photo alleged to be the rear panel of the next gen iPhone 5. After photo enhancement they were able to predict the shape of iPhone 5 as they believe that this photo was indeed taken by an iPhone 5 itself.  Have a look at the picture.

iPhone 5 Rear Panel by iFans
Commentators of the iFans blog where careful enough to see a black spot in the Apple logo of the iPhone back plate. The site noticed that in the image you can see a reflection of the device that took the photo. iFans then passed it on to two seperate users and asked them to work independently on the photo. With further analysis, their photoshop skills revealed this "Easter Egg" addition to the rumor report. The device not only has an Apple logo but also has its flash and camera module separated.

Apple iFans Explains:

While this isn’t a completely conclusive photo, we do believe that the camera used to take the photo was a working, prototype iPhone 5. Whether by accident or not, the photo was posted on Sina (the Chinese version of Twitter), and was picked up from there. Nobody else seemed to notice the reflection on the backplate, except for a few of our commenters (I didn’t notice it myself when I posted on it). This type of faking would take a lot of skill, time, and precision; more, I would think, than a prank would be worth.

A while back, few rumors suggested that an iPhone 5 prototype was indeed missing from the Foxconn premises which has lead to the release of disassembled iPhone 5 components photos by Apple.pro. The black spot indeed seems to line up parellel with the alleged iPhone 5 and moving the position of the flash around will also give a much bigger space for the rumored 8MP camera. We request the readers to take these reports as lightly as possible as nothing is confirmed as of now.

3. iPhone 4S/5 Hardware To Be Revealed At WWDC, 2011 - Apple's PR Inviting Top UK Jounalists To The Show

Apple Logo
ElectricPig has recently tipped few blogs about how Apple's Public Relations team is persuading top British jouranlists to attend WWDC, 2011 to be held from June 6th to 10th. Traditionally, invites to the conference - which runs across a span of 5 days - are usually restricted to the American journalists, unless a major announcement is scheduled. The Public Relations team assigned to the iPhone department is requesting top selected jounalists to fly to San Francisco to attend the conference. A skeptical observation that can be made form this behavior of Apple is that it maybe wants it wants the world to see something really exciting like the new hardware or maybe the new iDevice itself.

Just today, Apple PR was caught persuading Australian journalists as well to attend the WWDC, suggesting something huge is going to happen at the event. iTechReport reports that Australian technology writer Charlie Brown is also invited to attend the show.

He Tweeted:

I think something big will be announced on June 6th in San Fran by #Apple. I have just been invited to attend the event.

Interestingly, the tweet has been deleted now. These instances has now lead us to rethink whether Apple will indeed realease the next iDevice or not at WWDC,2011. We are definite to see the next iOS at WWDC, iOS 5, a new cloud-based music service and the Mac OS X Lion but the next iPhone will definitely be a huge, though the chances are slim.

4. France Telecom CEO Says Next iPhone Will Be Smaller and Thinner - Future iPhones MayNot Need A SIM At All

France Telecom CEO
AllThingsD reports that France Telecom CEO, Stéphane Richard, has confirmed that Apple would introduce an even smaller SIM card in the future. He also mentioned that Apple also wants to introduce a device without the need for a SIM card at all. France Telecom is the parent company of the Orange carrier which sells carrier locked iPhone 4 in 15 countries. Orange is also working with Apple to ultimately bring out a smaller sim (much smaller than the current Micro-Sim). He also added that next iPhone will be much smaller and thinner than iPhone 4.

AllThingsD Explains:

As you probably know, Apple has been working for years on reducing the size of SIM cards because they need space in the phone. They even thought about a device without any SIM card, that is what is known as the e-SIM project. All of us told them it was a bad idea because the SIM card is a critical piece of the security and authentication process. It would be very difficult for a telco or carrier to manage the customer relationship. We are going to work with them in order to standardize a new format of SIM which takes into accout our needs with security and authentication and also is compatible with their wishes in terms of size.

At this point, we are not sure as to whether CEO Richard actually is aware of Apple's plans or these are just speculations of a future iPhone marked for year 2012. In either way, Apple is definitely trying to bring another SIM standard size, another headache to deal with.

More roundups are sure to come by, stay tuned !! :)

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