It seems like there's been a new iPhone rumor--if not two--every day for months now. But where do all the iPhone 5 rumors come from? Some say it will be released in June...or August...or October; and it will have a tear-drop shape, or a Transylvanian bevel, or come equipped with its own cloaking device. Ok, some of those may have been the product of too much Mountain Dew and SyFy before bed, but the iPhone rumor mill is nearly as wacky.
Part of the reason is that Apple is so tight-lipped about everything, it leaves the rest of the world grasping at straws to guess what the company has in store. And sometimes it seems like those straws are laced with hallucinogens that get passed up the tech gossip food chain, translated, re-translated, and then synthesized by the likes of us here at CNET to see how it fits into the big picture of what we might already know about the new iPhone. Unfortunately, much of that knowledge probably also came from similar straws.
With each new rumor we always try to convey a sense of where the information is coming from and how trustworthy the source seems to be. There's actually many more iPhone rumors out there that never see the light of day because we and other media outlets deem the sources to be too unreliable.
I took a look back at the rumors that seemed worth reporting between June and now and was able to trace almost all of them--and there were plenty--back to one of eight types of sources.… Read more