With another week finished, another week’s worth of Apple rumors have turned up. Of course, the biggest Apple news from last week was not a rumor, but the confirmation of a rumor. Apple sent out e-vites to multiple media outlets last week that confirmed that it would be holding a media event on Tuesday, September 9, as was previously reported by Re/Code in early August. However, in typical Apple fashion, the invitation offered no details on what would be unveiled at the event, which left the rumor mill running at full speed to fill in the information gap. While many of last week’s rumors were predictably focused on the two upcoming iPhone models, there were also several rumors about products that aren’t expected to be released until next year. Here are the latest Apple product rumors from last week.
1. The iPhone 6’s health data chip is actually a barometric pressure sensor
The source: Early last week, a leaked iPhone 6 schematic obtained by Chinese repair company GeekBar and highlighted by GforGames, appeared to show a new coprocessor codenamed “Phosphorus.” Since the iPhone 6 models are expected to work closely with Apple’s HealthKit data storage platform and related Health app, GforGames speculated that the chip would be used to process new types of health-related data. However, according to a knowledgeable forum poster cited by MacRumors, the chip highlighted in the schematic is actually a barometric pressure sensor made by Bosch, instead of a replacement for the M7 motion coprocessor.
The background: Since so many Apple rumors are based on partial information or outright speculation, it should come as no surprise that false conclusions are sometimes drawn. While the highlighted chip may not be a next-generation M7 coprocessor, it will give Apple’s iPhone 6 models new capabilities for detecting environmental conditions. It should also be noted that the misidentified chip does not necessarily rule out the possibility that Apple has implemented a new “M8” coprocessor in the iPhone 6.