My history with Apple and the Mac goes back almost 30 years and while I’m not an expert on all things Apple or Mac, I have churned out nearly one thousand articles on the subjects since Mac360 debuted more than 13 years ago.
Back in 2007 Apple launched the original iPhone and each year since has pushed a new model or a few new models out the door with sufficient secrecy that the entire tech industry sits up, takes notice, and wonders what Apple will do this year. Nothing. iPhone 8 is delayed until 2018?
The Last Rumor On Earth
There it is. Another statement presented as fact, representative of fiction, but obviously the last rumor or leak or made up item about the next iPhone. That’s the only one I haven’t read about in recent months, so I decided to cash in and call like I could see the future.
The only problem with that line is this. It may or may not be true. I’m not even sure if I’m the only one who thought of it (but I couldn’t find the same phrase on Google). Is it true? How would I know? It’s a question. But as we see all too often on cable TV news, alt-right websites, and occasionally in mainstream media (whatever that is), a question becomes the headline, thereby invoking Betteridge’s Law of Headlines.
Betteridge’s law of headlines is one name for an adage that states: “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.” It is named after Ian Betteridge, a British technology journalist, although the principle is much older. As with similar “laws” (e.g., Murphy’s law), it is intended as a humorous adage rather than the literal truth.
Uh huh. But it’s pretty damned close to the literal truth, right?
iPhone 8 delayed until 2018? is about the only headline full of nonsense that I’ve read in 2017 about Apple’s next phone and I wrote it.
We’ve had the usual array of leaked photos, leaked schematics, supply chain research, and more than a few boatloads of bullcrap that describe what will and will not be included in Apple’s sure-to-be-released in 2017 iPhone.
We don’t even know the name. Apple isn’t saying and won’t say until the company is ready to ship. iOS won’t be ready until the last minute. The entire hardware feature list likely is etched in stone already and manufacturing in China has geared up for the final signal to proceed, but only executives, engineers, and a few others in Cupertino and China (both of whom probably fear their children will be sold as slaves if they leak a single word about iPhone 8) know the complete list of details.
Will it be iPhone 8? Or, iPhone Edition? Or, iPhone X? Or, iPhone Pro? All those names and others have been bandied about like spaghetti sauce at Olive Garden on Food Fight Night.
Will Touch ID be replaced by 3D face recognition? Or, will it be on the edge-to-edge home screen? Or, on the back? Or, on the Power button? We might as well delay iPhone 8 until 2018 when Apple surely will have it all figured out.
Except, I think Apple has it all figured out already and just isn’t bothering to tell anyone.
Here’s something to consider. Not all leaks and rumors are created equal. Since the list of leaks is longer than all the fake news Russians generated for the U.S. election in 2016, it’s likely that there’s some truth among the lies.
Over the past few iPhone new model introductions we have been treated to surprises, but not many because the last month leading up to the official show’n tell the right leaks and rumors seem to gel; seem to make more sense, seem to flush out the cruft and trash from each portion of the entrée.
Where do the real rumors and real leaks come from? Apple. And Apple-associated acts who are seeded with devices a few weeks ahead of the public’s opportunity to hold. The crazy rumors and leaks disappear, replaced with the ones that actually make good sense. Those will begin to take on a more solid form the month before Apple announces the next iPhone.
Until then, iPhone 8 is delayed until 2018?