iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Aug. 26

Next Apple iPhone on sale in October, new parts, new carriers, and Steve Jobs’ PR plot

He apparently has convinced himself by this “reasoning” that Apple will send out press invites to the fall iPhone 5 announcement next Monday.


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More purported iPhone 5 parts reveal there are indeed iPhone 5 parts.

MacRumors picked up on a post by an iPhone parts supplier, TVC Mall, which posted a “few new claimed iPhone 5 parts” including the battery, back camera lens and, most of all, the “headphone/earphone audio jack flex cable.”

“The new parts are definitely different from the existing iPhone 4 parts,” Kim writes. And here’s a photo that proves it. Yet Kim doesn’t seem to fully appreciate the nature of iPhone 5 rumors: “the superficial changes seem unrevealing.”

Unrevealing? The photo shows the dull, unimaginative, blocky, rectangular iPhone 4 battery, and the sleekly unorthodox design of the iPhone 5 battery, where one side is shorter than the other!

Finally, there is the audio jack flex cable. “There isn’t much we can say about it, though it does look very different from the existing GSM and CDMA parts,” Kim writes, defeatedly. “We asked iFixit’s Kyle Wiens [about it] and just based on the images shown, Wiens said that the part numbers were reasonable, and the markings consistent with the currently shipping cable.”

Chris Foresman at Ars Technica concludes that if there’s not much change in the parts, there’s probably not much change in the new phone. “If these are indeed parts for an iPhone 5, it does suggest that the design won’t be radically different from the existing iPhone 4,” he posts. “Some rumors have pointed to a completely different form factor for the next-gen iPhone, while others suggest a more conservative update with largely internal changes, similar to the iPhone 3GS. The less radical approach is the one we believe Apple is most likely to take for this revision.”

So, the truly radical step would be for the iPhone 5 to be not radical.

Real evidence the iPhone 5 will run on both GSM and CDMA networks.

TechCrunch’s Robin Wauters brings forth evidence that the iPhone 5 will be able to run on either GSM or CDMA networks, which would be great news for the millions and millions of iPhone users who are globetrotting all over and need to use either one.

“With a dual-mode iPhone 5, users will be able to roam between both networks effortlessly,” he explains.

What’s the evidence? Usage logs.

“I was recently approached by a developer of some of the most popular apps on the iOS platform today, who asked not to be named and offered solid proof that supports the above claim,” he says. “According to this person, and app usage logs I was sent, a tiny number of people have recently registered for one of their applications from a single, brand new Apple device that is decidedly dual-mode …”

“The logs show that the app has been briefly tested by a handful of people using what is almost certainly an iPhone 5, evidently running iOS 5, sporting two distinct sets of mobile network codes (MNC) / mobile country codes (MCC). Free MCTS TrainingMCTS Online Training . Those codes can be used to uniquely identify mobile carriers.” Some of the app registrations were logged from the same new Apple device, “using the MNC/MCC codes from both Verizon and AT&T.”

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