The iPhone rumors that fell flat

For months, the Internet has been a rumor generating machine in regards to the next version of the iPhone. Now that Apple has announced the iPhone 4S, we look back on all those rumors that have now proven to be wishful thinking.

The iPhone 5: This was perhaps the biggest rumor that came crashing down at Apple's press event. As Brad mentioned earlier today, there were ton of rumors and even leaks of iPhone 5 cases that seemed to show that it would have a bigger 4-inch screen and a new teardrop-like case design. Instead we get the iPhone 4S, which has a lot of changes inside but has the same screen and case size as the iPhone 4. Were all of those previous reports false or will we see this new design in 2012? Time will tell.

The Facebook announcements: We heard a lot in the past few days about how Facebook was going to make some big announcements at Apple's press event, such as launching a new iPad exclusive Facebook app, an improved version of the iPhone Facebook app and perhaps launch an HTML5-based app store called Project Spartan. Well, the event has come and gone and no such announcements were made at all. iPad users in particular must be wondering what the hold up is on their Facebook app.

The retirement of the iPod Classic and the iPod Shuffle: While Apple isn't making as big of a deal of its iPod media player line as it has in the past, the rumors that it would discontinue the iPod Classic and the iPod Shuffle were flat out wrong. While both won't be getting new models, Apple hasn't stopped selling them either, unlike Microsoft who this week finally put the Zune media player business out of its misery.

Sprint's exclusive deal: Late on Monday it was claimed that Sprint might get an time exclusive on the iPhone 5 for the next several months, with Verizon and AT&T getting the phone in 2012. We had our doubts about this story right off the bat and they were confirmed today when there was no such exclusive deal announced. We think that Sprint getting the iPhone 4S, with its unlimited data plan, is pretty big news on its own, thank you very much.

So what have we learned? As always, rumors might be fun to read about but in the end take them with a huge grain of salt, no matter what news source they come from.

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This is actually a great phone for Verizon. The original iphone 4 was not very good on verizon. There were a ton of problems with it. Dual CDMA and GSM is awesome. The camera is pretty good combined with image stablization for video (the first phone to do that.) Thats pretty cool. I think once the reviews come in it will impress. Sure its not iphone, but I think it is bigger then the jump from 3g to the 3gs.

iPhone 4S Sucks apple take so long for only 8MP Camera and A5 Chip what the hell is going on in Apple i am switch to Galaxy S2 largge Screen also has 8MP camera and also Has A5 So bye bye apple and welcome sumsung

Actually what we learned is the media is stupid. That the fans will believe and run away with whatever they hear about iPhone an take it as law. Thus proving once the first sheep goes off the cliff, namely the media; the loser allow thinking self center egotistical fans go right with them.

What you all had was a bunch of dreams about having and iPhone that is really an Android phone, that Apple never said you would have. But your dream and want was so strong, that youball willing fantasizes about today as being te day you could diss Androod phone owners who have had all the features of the new iPhone for 2 years now.

Haha. From what I see u all got what you deserved. Shallow minded people got side swiped yet again.

Why I never believe is rumors until I hear the facts. Rumors are fun and nice to talk about...but thats all they are...rumors.

You pricks on neowin are unbelievable.

The iPhone 4s made an already great phone even better. The only reason your disappointed was because of all the blog hype. I wasn't disappointed. What's wrong with a faster processor, faster graphics, a better camera?

So they announced a iPhone 4s that has better specs, a great software update(ios5) and people are disappointed? Give me a break.

I am sure they have some things in mind for the iPhone 5 but why rush it? Perfect it and test it. Don't rush it. I'm fine with that.

Boyd Petersen said,
You pricks on neowin are unbelievable.

The iPhone 4s made an already great phone even better. The only reason your disappointed was because of all the blog hype. I wasn't disappointed. What's wrong with a faster processor, faster graphics, a better camera?

So they announced a iPhone 4s that has better specs, a great software update(ios5) and people are disappointed? Give me a break.

I am sure they have some things in mind for the iPhone 5 but why rush it? Perfect it and test it. Don't rush it. I'm fine with that.

Little differences to make me want to upgrade my phone. Hell, I used to upgrade my phone every year but have not in well over a year. I like my current droid and will upgrade when I see the changes for the $$$.

And from what I saw...not much has changed in the 4gs. Cept the dual core...that is heavier...and more MP in the camera...and some connectivity changes. Which is funny because a lot of people ragged on Android for going dual core a WHILE ago and claimed it was to help with the lag and the iPhone didnt need it.

The 4gs is barely playing catch up to a lot of current, older, androids already on the market. If I was an avid Apple user, the 4s is not enough to justify another 200-300+ on a new phone. Apple is getting stale.

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-1...iphone-4s-comparison-chart/

techbeck said,
If I was an avid Apple user, the 4s is not enough to justify another 200-300+ on a new phone. Apple is getting stale.
Well I am an iPhone 4 VZW user and I can tell you that there's no way in hell that I'm "upgrading" to the 4S. The 4 has been great for me. It's fast and responsive - I have no problems with performance. Yes I'd like the better camera but it's no reason to upgrade. I can wait for something better whether it's iPhone 5 or an Android phone that catches my eye. My biggest requirement for when I upgrade in a year is my next phone HAS to have LTE!

Tim Dawg said,
Well I am an iPhone 4 VZW user and I can tell you that there's no way in hell that I'm "upgrading" to the 4S. The 4 has been great for me. It's fast and responsive - I have no problems with performance. Yes I'd like the better camera but it's no reason to upgrade. I can wait for something better whether it's iPhone 5 or an Android phone that catches my eye. My biggest requirement for when I upgrade in a year is my next phone HAS to have LTE!

Yeah, that's my point as well. I'm not an iPhone user, but I just can't imagine upgrading for what they changed. I seriously doubt you'd even notice...

So is Apple going to continue releasing "S" versions of their iPhone's? (ie: iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S)

Dinggus said,
So is Apple going to continue releasing "S" versions of their iPhone's? (ie: iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S)
Magic 8-ball says yes.

I remember everyone up in arms about the iPad 2 not being enough to be called iPad 2 (or at least similar) ... Well, this will be even worse. Although the technical upgrades aren't too bad, I think fan boys honestly expected more this year.

If you honestly believe that they decided to "skip" the real iPhone 5 launch because of shortages or whatever, you're delusional. This announcement was "delayed" in itself. And Apple isn't stupid enough to announce a less desired product simply to meet a deadline that never existed. Sure, they're probably working on the iPhone 5, but I doubt Apple ever had any intentions of releasing it this year.

Surely people won't be lining up for this release? Surely...

the ipad 2 not being good enough?? it was on oprahs favourite things.. i dont quite think that the iphone 4s will gain anywhere close to that kind of publicity

one thing about rumors, when there is a ton of them, it always seems that people are disappointed... problem is we raised expectations way too high with all the rumors.....

neufuse said,
one thing about rumors, when there is a ton of them, it always seems that people are disappointed... problem is we raised expectations way too high with all the rumors.....

Since Apple knew already about the rumors, they could have just sent an official word saying that there is no iPhone 5 maybe? But I guess it's not their policy to reveal what they are going to reveal on the new product..oh well lesson learnt

:: Lyon :: said,

Since Apple knew already about the rumors, they could have just sent an official word saying that there is no iPhone 5 maybe? But I guess it's not their policy to reveal what they are going to reveal on the new product..oh well lesson learnt

most of the time apple steers the rumors into the right direction i think.

neufuse said,
one thing about rumors, when there is a ton of them, it always seems that people are disappointed... problem is we raised expectations way too high with all the rumors.....

except that even apple themselves shut down their website and told everyone to alert their favorite tech blogs.. they wanted all the attention to be in the spotlight to brag about their accomplishments and make fun of other companies.. they dont care that ppl are dissapointed, they are just happy to diss other companies while they have the chance.. they flopped hard.

lol that was probably one of the most pointless announcements from apple. They should have just called it the 4.1 phone.

Digitalx said,
lol that was probably one of the most pointless announcements from apple. They should have just called it the 4.1 phone.

Why even announce the revision? It's not like anyone would have noticed. They should have just started shipping them as a hardware revision when current stock dwindled...

People are mad because it has the same form factor as the iphone 4, yet spec wise the iphone 5 would have been the same thing. Granted, the screen could be bigger, but im glad apple isnt releasing those humongous phones.samsung is up to 4.65 inches at this point.

anyways, for years apple has been feeding the blogs with speculation prior to announcements. i wonder if something actually prevented the iphone 5 from being released (it was, indeed, a strong rumor), or if apple's competitors stepped in into the 'leaked information' game and raised the expectations beyond reality

Julius Caro said,
People are mad because it has the same form factor as the iphone 4, yet spec wise the iphone 5 would have been the same thing. Granted, the screen could be bigger, but im glad apple isnt releasing those humongous phones.samsung is up to 4.65 inches at this point.

anyways, for years apple has been feeding the blogs with speculation prior to announcements. i wonder if something actually prevented the iphone 5 from being released (it was, indeed, a strong rumor), or if apple's competitors stepped in into the 'leaked information' game and raised the expectations beyond reality

Apples competitors would never do something like that. Everyone here will agree that Apple is the only evil company and its competitors are good hearted Samaritans that feed the worlds hungry, never use child labor, and always look out for the customer. They don't even care about turning a profit. Why anyone would want to use Apple is beyond me when it is the only evil group out of the bunch /s

So does this mean Neowin will actually stop posting (and hence further spreading) stupid rumors? How about Neowin set an example by posting fact rather than fiction on its front page most of the time?

7Dash8 said,
So does this mean Neowin will actually stop posting (and hence further spreading) stupid rumors? How about Neowin set an example by posting fact rather than fiction on its front page most of the time?
No way. Now John is posting rebuttals of his own rumors. It's frickin ridiculous!

Not a bad read, but why "unlike Microsoft who this week finally put the Zune media player business out of its misery"? Could you show the sales figures that indicate what a misery the Zune was for Microsoft? Also, other than to make the crack, why mention it in an iPhone5 article?

With the economy being the way it is, I wonder how many iSheep will be standing in line for this one? Apples business model of releasing a "whiz-bang" new device, having people drool all over themselves has just about run its course. Article after article has people giving up their idevice for Androids & a few windows phones.
Perhaps Apple, without Jobs won't be the same, just as it was when he was booted out so long ago.

naap51stang said,
With the economy being the way it is, I wonder how many iSheep will be standing in line for this one? Apples business model of releasing a "whiz-bang" new device, having people drool all over themselves has just about run its course. Article after article has people giving up their idevice for Androids & a few windows phones.
Perhaps Apple, without Jobs won't be the same, just as it was when he was booted out so long ago.

Probably a lot.

The economy has been in the crapper since before the first iPhone hit the market, and the herd still flock to the stores.

naap51stang said,
With the economy being the way it is, I wonder how many iSheep will be standing in line for this one? Apples business model of releasing a "whiz-bang" new device, having people drool all over themselves has just about run its course. Article after article has people giving up their idevice for Androids & a few windows phones.
Perhaps Apple, without Jobs won't be the same, just as it was when he was booted out so long ago.

4s is just Apple trying to catch up to the competition. They give you little changes to entice the die hard fans and to make more $$$. Androids have had these specs for a LONG time plus more. Hell, there are 3D droids out there already and you still get more with the phone for the same price, or cheaper.

And I am sure the 4s was in the works while Jobs was still the head. So nothing to do with him really. Just Apple getting stale and more justification why they are suing over silly stuff because they are losing in the competition. They need to give people more for their money and learn to market themselves again instead of bashing the competition and making pot shots whenever they can.

Apple makes good products....just hate how they operate and how they treat their customers.

omgben said,

Probably a lot.

The economy has been in the crapper since before the first iPhone hit the market, and the herd still flock to the stores.

ya but that is when you would read headlines like "OMG Ipod Phone!" ..

turned on CBC today (which usually just loves the apple stuff and even mentions the iOS betas but not windows 8) where they talked about how the general public are disappointed in the announcement.. its a 1st and it was really strange.

iSheep, iSheep, iSheep surly you guys are just part of some herd for all copying each other using the term iSheep!?