iPhone 5: Suggestions vs. predictions vs. rumors

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The iPhone 5 rumor mill has been in full swing over the past few months, as we still do not know its release date, features and its name, as 4S has also been suggested. Knowing what is true from all this is a tough job, as you will need a CIA background to get to the bottom of the truth. So how would you sort from suggestions, predictions and rumors?

This is something that Sascha Segan from PC World wanted to know, so has been trying to differentiate between the three. He first starts by the confusion with the name itself, and this is more important than you would think. Now saying that it will be an iPhone 5 is what we would call a prediction, as it is keeping with tradition, but 4S is what we call a suggestion, as recent rumors suggest that we are only getting a minor upgrade. So in just one area of the fifth-generation iPhone we have been able to use all three of those key words.

The next is to do with its release date, now this would not come under suggestions or predictions; this is all guesswork, so falls under rumors. We first assumed that we were seeing the handset in June, then that moved to September, then August, and finally we now have October. The latest reason for this delay is due to an overheating with the processor – again another rumor.

Segan has said that he feels sick of all the rumors swirling around regarding the iPhone 5, but surly he would have accepted that this is the way of the world by now. If there were ever one smartphone that relied on hype, then the iPhone would be it. The PC World journalist has said since the end of February to now they have published 35 articles that all report iPhone 5 rumors.

The thing that he hates about this is all rumors are based on non-facts from sources that are never named. Not sure he would want to read any of ours then, as we might have published one or two more than that. We never seem to know where these rumors are coming from; if we were to buy into conspiracy theories, then Apple themselves could be the main source.

Now we are not saying for one moment that this is true, but what if it were? To close, we can all make a suggestion; such as the iPhone 5 will have now solved the poor antenna design, as well as a prediction, like the dual-core A5 processor. Rumors are a little different, as we do not make them ourselves; instead we buy into them.

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