It's not certain, but there's a slim chance that we know exactly what the next iPhone looks like. Late last week Japan's MacFan magazine posted (via MacOtakara) what it claims are schematics for the upcoming (also alleged) 5.7-inch and 4.7-inch iPhones, and French website Nowhereelse.fr teamed up with famed concept artist Martin Hajek to determine what the content of those schematics would look like in real life.
Why wouldn't we start in with the iPhone 6 rumors already? The year is creeping on by, getting ever closer to the next handset drop date, so let's see what's cooking in that and other stories this week. But as we look forward to the iPhone's future, we also get an inside look at the past, where it all began. Plus games and TV news and more in this week's hottest news roundup.
The latest word from the rumor mill suggests that two new iPhones from Apple will launch "as early as September," according to Japanese business publication Nikkei. The site's sources claim that Apple is well along in the production cycle for the supposed models with 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens, and that components such as the LCD driver chips and fingerprint sensors are already being produced.
Some new purported leaks about iOS 8 just rolled in, and as before they're from the usually reliable 9to5Mac. We've already heard about additions like Apple's so-called Healthbook and the new Maps app, and recently we saw some screenshots that allegedly show what some of the new apps will look like. But now the rumors go deeper. The site claims to know some of the key changes Apple is considering for the next version of its mobile operating system.
Apple may have wowed competitors with the announcement of its A7 chip for the iPhone 5s (even in spite of some vocal dissenters), but now it's already moving past that and starting production of its new A8 chip. And guess what? Samsung isn't making it.
Apple's stuffing a lot of improved features into iOS 7.1, just as it's filling its roster at SXSW (South By Southwest) with memorable acts. It turns out that the two may have more in common than it initially seems. Based on info from a "little birdie," John Gruber of Daring Fireball stated that Apple's dedicated app for steaming performances from SXSW's iTunes Festival will need iOS 7.1. The upshot? Considering that SXSW starts on March 11, that means we could see iOS 7.1 in the next couple of days.
One of the persistent (if odd) rumors that's been floating around lately is that Apple plans to buy the Tesla motor company as a part of its supposed drive to create the "iCar," but if it does, Tesla isn't telling. Yet in an interview with Bloomberg today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk did confirm that the motor company had "conversations" with Apple, but he wasn't specific as to what these concerned.
Holy smokes is it a week full of rumors. Since we love you, you know we do, we've got the good ones saved up here ready for you, just like a box of your favorite chocolates, the carmel only kind with no disgusting coconut in there to gunk it up. So, kisses all around, now let's dig in.