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With all the success of its current lineup of iPhones, Apple doesn't even need to release an iPhone 5. The iPhone 4S launch in China had to be canceled because too many people showed up and the Chinese S.W.A.T. team called in to crowd control. Ah, right, iPhone 5. Bigger screen and symmetrical form factor.
 
Whew! Now that the iPhone 4S announcement is over (it's been an excruciatingly long this time), let's see how well the rumor mill was over the last year. That's right, Apple missed its summer iPhone refresh and we've been crowing about the iPhone 4S for over a year. So how did all the scraps of info pan out? The full CONFIRMED and DENIED scorecard inside.
 
Snoopy once sagely observed that "the anticipation far exceeded the actual event." From all indications, the beagle's cynical view is likely to describe the reaction of the digital cognoscenti when the iPhone 5 appears about a month from now. Indications are, iPhone 5 will actually be more an iPhone 4S, a minor upgrade in screen size, antenna and design, with few significant improvements. And probably no 4G. Which means the next iteration of the iPhone, once the technological master of the smart phone universe, is likely to be nowhere near the top of the today's most innovative phones. Yet we'll be treated to the usual Apple hoopla and subsequent huge sales, perhaps huger than any iPhone before it. How huger? An RBC/Changewave survey has found 31 percent of respondents either "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to buy an iPhone 5, five percent more than a similar survey preceding the introduction of the then highly-anticipated iPhone 4 more than a year ago. It seems Apple has discovered an interesting phenomena: iPhone not only doesn't have to be cutting edge, it's better if it isn't.
 
Screw the upcoming iPhone 5, the really good stuff is in the iPhone 6, at least according to today's Apple rumor mill. The big one: Apple is using some super-light, super-thin new screens for the iPhone 6.

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