Alleged ‘iPhone 6′ NFC chip and working hardware shown in latest leaks

A series of photos of a component that appears to be a logic board bound for Apple’s next-generation iPhone appeared Friday, bearing a small chip — said to be an NFC controller from NXP — that professes to confirm the feature’s presence in the so-called “iPhone 6.” In addition, a new video of assembled parts seems to show a fully functional unit, though it won’t boot past the “Connect to iTunes” screen.

Report: Apple’s wearable won’t ship before 2015

On Wednesday, the top item on Techmeme‘s influential news aggregator site was by re/Code’s John Paczkowski:

Apple plans to announce a new wearable with HealthKit and HomeKit integration September 9

On Friday, in the same space, another story by Paczkowski:

Apple wearable to be revealed September 9 won’t ship until early 2015

And with that, three dozen tech reporters pivoted.

News sites that had jumped on Wednesday’s rumor were now shooting it down with Friday’s. After all, it was Paczkowski’s original Aug, 5 report — correct, as it turns out — they had been citing for three weeks in their walkups to the Sept. 9 Apple event. (See Anatomy of a rumor.)

It’s been some time since a mainstream tech journalist has wielded this kind of power. One thinks of John Markoff at the New York Times, Steven Levy at Wired, Walt Mossberg at the Wall Street Journal.


According to his Wikipedia entry, Paczkowski, 45, got his big break in 1999 writing “Good Morning Silicon Valley” for Knight Ridder and The San Jose Mercury News. In 2007 he signed on with Mossberg and Kara Swisher to report for AllThingsD, a Wall Street Journal spin off. He stuck with Mossberg and Swisher when they parted ways with the Journal in January 2014 to launch re/Code.

With this week’s reporting he’s either sealed his reputation, or put it — and re/Code’s — on the line.

We’ll find next Tuesday.

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Intel Launches first 8 Core Processor for PC Gamers & Content Creators that Apple’s Unlikely to Adopt

Today, Intel Corporation unveiled its first eight-core desktop processor, the Intel Core i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition, formerly code-named "Haswell-E," targeted at power users who demand the most from their PCs. Unfortunately Apple has never entertained the enthusiast market. You’re either in the consumer camp or the pro camp and nothing in between. With traditional PC sales being flat at best, Apple’s desktop …