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The most amazing iPhone rumours from past releases

06 Sep 2016
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There’s plenty of talk in the air about the iPhone 7, but with all of the speculation that surrounds every Apple product’s release it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s just a rumour.

Judging from the accuracy (or inaccuracy) of tech gossip from past years there’ll at least be plenty of incorrect guesses to laugh at once the phone is released because while hindsight is 20/20, disproven old tech rumours are 100/100.

We’ve dug up some hilarious, intriguing and plain off-the-mark predictions from past iPhone releases that will leave you either face-palming for days or seriously wishing for a matte black iPhone.

The Wedge

The Wedge iPhone Rumours
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It’s no secret that people often make too much of concept art, and this graphic from 2009 of the misnamed and wedge-shaped “iPhone 4Gs” shows that falling for hype is hardly new. This design assumed that the then-new Macbook Air signaled the whole brand’s shift to ultra-thin territory and away—or, judging from the proposed design, half-away—from the bulbous back of the iPhone 3 series.

It’s probably good that we got the brick-shaped iPhone 4 that we all loved instead of this admittedly sleek Magic Mouse of a future phone. After all, the iPhone 6 strayed a little close to the line of being too thin, initially leaving a handful of gadget-sitters with deformed phones #bendgate.

Matte black backing

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People have been thinking wishfully about alternatively coloured iPhones since before the plastic 5C got banished to the “things we don’t talk about” section of Apple’s back catalogue (someone out there still loves you, iPad Mini).

In 2009, rumours flared that the iPhone 3G would feature a matte black backing, with some bloggers even musing that they hoped that it would be made of rubber. While it was a rather handsome (though admittedly very 2009) design option, Apple’s penchant for shiny plastic and brushed aluminium is well and truly here to stay.

Light-up logo

The same set of speculations also suggested that the 3G would have a light-up Apple logo on its back the way that Apple’s computers do. The fanatic within us would have loved a light up Apple logo on the back…but the thought of it eating into your already limited battery does not sound great.

The iPhone Edge

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Hubbub surrounding the iPhone 6s release in 2014 revived a rumour that the phone might have a curved body or glass display, slanting in the way that the Galaxy Edge’s screen does.

The idea emerged in 2012 after some abandoned prototypes were revealed showing a curved, if beefy, iPhone design. Word in 2012 was that the design was “too complicated and expensive to be feasible,” but that didn’t stop concept artists from dreaming about the possibilities of a curved iPhone:

iPhone Edge Rumours
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Mesh speakers

As anyone who’s dropped their phone on a beach trip can attest, it can be infuriating to try and dig out little particles from its ports and speakers. We sort of wish that this rumour—that Apple intended to cover the iPhone 6S speakers and microphone with mesh—had been true.

There’s no place like no home button

With some specs and images of the iPhone 7 having been leaked to the public, we’re pretty sure that while the headphone jack might be disappearing, the home button—rumoured since 2015 to be headed on its way out—is not being removed. It’s also not being made touch-sensitive or, as people speculated about the 4S in 2011, elongated to allow for gestural integration – but we don’t that this is the last we’ll hear of the maybe-disappearing home button.

Any major rumours you think we’ve missed? Got your own thoughts on what we might expect to see from the iPhone 7? Let us know in the comments below – because there really is no rest for the Apple rumour mill.

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Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.


Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
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    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.

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