By Jim Karpen on Mon, 04/01/2013
A slew of rumors circulated last week, the most notable of which said the iPhone 5S will launch June 20 and be available early July. According to CNET, the provenance of that rumor is the Japanese website MacFan.
In addition, the same source says Apple will release the low-cost iPhone in August and will sell it in China and India. This rumor meshes with other rumors, as well as predictions of market analysts. However, this is the first time an source has cited a specific date. Of course, it's only a rumor. Often times analysts themselves don't know: it all depends on how successfully things come together.
There was also a spate of rumors last week that Apple is pushing hard to launch its streaming radio service this summer. According to Forbes, the service would compete with Pandora and Spotify. Apple's streaming service, which many Apple watchers are labeling iRadio, has been rumored for some time, but the sticking point is how it would make a profit. Apparently the companies already in the space haven't yet figured that out. And we know that Apple doesn't do anything if it doesn't return a tidy profit. The record labels reportedly blew off Apple's initial proposals for the amount they'd pay in royalties, but apparently Apple has just kept negotiating and may have a deal in hand.
CNET also reported last week that Apple is developing new game hardware — a dedicated game controller that PocketGamer refers to as a "joypad." PocketGamer says Apple will announce it during a press event this month. CNET says Apple already has a patent for a "dock that would allow iOS owners to add physical controls and other hardware features to devices."
Finally, AppleInsider discovered an Apple patent published last week, which shows an iPhone with a seamless wraparound display. The phone's entire housing would be capable of acting as a display, giving a maximum amount of viewing space. Pretty cool. But only a fraction of patents are ever realized in actual products, so we don't know if this is something we'll eventually see. It does clearly indicate, though, that Apple is always coming up with creative new ideas. Very reassuring.