Apple rumor round-up: iPhone 5 hard to make, wireless charging coming to iPhone 6

Apple rumor round-up: iPhone 5 hard to make, wireless charging coming to iPhone 6

Summary: Another week, another slew of rumors about everyone's favorite fruit-branded company. Let's take a look at some of the more recent ones.

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Another week, another slew of rumors about everyone's favorite fruit-branded company. Let's take a look at some of the more recent ones.

Apple takes charge with the iPhone 6

Apple has yet to release the iPhone 5, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from setting its sights on the iPhone 6. The latest rumor comes from the Wall Street Journal, which says that Apple is working on a new charging technology for the sixth generation iPhone. While some have jumped the gun and speculated that the iPhone 6 will come with some variation on wireless charging, BGR offers a more tempered hyphothesis: Inductive charging. The same technology that Palm dropped in the Pre, inductive charging allows a device to charge just by being placed on top of a specialty base. Coupled with Apple almost-certain move to wireless synching, it seems like the iPhone 6 will be almost entirely wireless.

Does it make sense? Sort of. While inductive charging isn't particularly commonplace, the technology is far from new. That wouldn't stop Apple from using the technology and branding it as something new, of course.

"The iPhone 5 will be smaller and ligther. We swear!"

WSJ also reiterated previous rumors that Apple is working on a smaller, less expensive version of the iPhone. While there is no indication as to whether this is the same device as the iPhone 5, WSJ source says the phone will come with an edge-to-edge screen, marking the end to the iPhone's beloved bezel.

But what do these changes mean for the iPhone's manufacturers? A lot, according to sources, who say contractors like Hon Hai may have a harder time putting the next iPhone together. This, the sources say, may delay the release of the iPhone 5 further than it already has. In fact, the sources claim that Apple intended to drop the iPhone 5 this summer, but was forced to push the release back due to manufacturing issues.

The iPhone 5 is coming to Sprint

In case you missed our previous coverage of this rumor, some speculation is pointing to Apple adding Sprint to its stable of iPhone carrier. The move, which could happen as early as this year, would be inspired by Sprint's status as the largest carrier to still offer unlimited data plans. How long that may last, however, is still unknown.

Previous round ups:

Apple rumor roundup: iPhone 5 this September, hi-res iPad 3, Apple-branded televisions?

Topics: iPhone, Apple, Hardware, Mobility, Networking, Smartphones, Wi-Fi

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  • wireless only!

    hmm here am I sitting in a hotel room where poor wireless access is being offered at ?5 an hour - or in a place that has no wireless at all. I want to transfer my holiday video footage or images to my laptop so I can store them and free up space on my iphone - I can understand this if apple give a micro SD storage facility but if not please leave alone - I don't want to store my photos, films either on my iphone or in the cloud. They are way too obsessed with keeping it "thin" - instead of adding more functionality they prefer to replace one functionality with another. I do like my iPhone but I want it to be a little more flexible (no thickness pun intended) to work in the way that I want to use it rather than the way Apple want me to use it. If only the touch control were better I would move to android tomorrow but so far only the iphone has this area licked!
    cymru999
    • RE: Apple rumor round-up: iPhone 5 hard to make, wireless charging coming to iPhone 6

      @cymru999
      why dont you just connect your iPhone to your computer using USB cable and let iTunes do the back up job?
      Ram U
      • USB

        @Rama.NET

        I wish smartphones had a SD capability as well, with USB, your phone starts charging the battery everytime you connect, reducing the life of the battery considerably.
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      • ZDNet: fix your damned comment system

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    • RE: Apple rumor round-up: iPhone 5 hard to make, wireless charging coming to iPhone 6

      @cymru999
      200,000,000 iOS devices and counting... they must be doing something right.
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      @cymru999<br><br>iPhone DOES have SD storage capability. Where have you been?
      Also, you do NOT need WiFi to do wireless. Duh.

      And this was flagged, why?
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  • Inductive charging is nothing new but would be welcome as long as its not

    the only way. It would still need to support traditional charging for cars or whenever you dont have the inductive base around. Still wouldnt make me buy an iphone now though. The new Windows Phones are just too much better...
    Johnny Vegas
    • ZDNet: fix your damned comment system

      @Johnny Vegas
      Logic fail #1
      You need a special car charging cable already. Why are you claiming this can't be done with an inductive base?
      Logic fail #2
      Too much better?!? Right, keep telling yourself that.
      DeusXMachina
      • Ignorance is indeed bliss I guess...

        @DeusXMachina

        First and foremost he's not suggesting it can't be done. He is saying that he hopes they don't remove other means to charge the phone.

        Second his views on Windows phone 7 are opinion so "logic fail" is impossible.

        Also a bit extra ...it's naive to have an attitude like yours when it comes to technology. Acquire an open mind and do research on windows phone 7 there are already projections that place WP7 ahead of android by 2014.
        noxtics
      • ZDnet: fix your damned comment system

        @noxtics
        Reading comprehension fail"
        1) " It would still need to support traditional charging for cars" What part of "need" do you not understand?

        2) I said nothing about WP7. Another reading fail.

        3) "Acquire an open mind and do research on windows phone 7 there are already projections that place WP7 ahead of android by 2014."

        Hahahahahahaha
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  • RE: Apple rumor round-up: iPhone 5 hard to make, wireless charging coming to iPhone 6

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