These stories are the best kind of rumors, because they are absolutely unverifiable. Whether the next-gen iPhone is “delayed” or not is immaterial to the substance of this report. If the iPhone is delayed, rumor blogs have something to point to and say, “See? We told you so.” If the iPhone isn’t delayed or in short supply, this story will gather digital dust on Google’s cached servers, but no human will ever care about it again. It almost doesn’t even matter if this article is true or not, and we’ll never know for sure one way or another. Fun!
Because journalism. Or rather, because pageviews.