Apple's done announcing the iPhone 5 we already knew a lot about, so let's see how well the rumor mill operated this time around. In short: They did well, because of accurate sourcing by sites like 9to5Mac and iMore, who broke a lot of these scoops, without which these predictors couldn't make their assessments. For all that talk from Tim Cook about doubling down on secrecy, Apple didn't keep its iPhone 5 much of a mystery to them -- looks like Cupertino is getting leakier.* We've compared this morning's rounded-up rumors with the actual specs of the iPhone 5, and as you can see from our chart, there isn't much they got wrong. The big green YESes represent what they got right (we would have put corresponding red NOs for all the wrong info, but there wasn't any). As for the question marks, Apple hasn't mentioned the RAM—though Engadget suspects it has upgraded to 1GB.*
Compared to last year's iPhone rumormonger test, this year's crop aced it. But just because everyone's guesses were (mostly) spot on, doesn't mean we can't call some winners and losers in this match. We have a grading system to separate the fanboy rumormongers from the men.
Our Grading System: Since it's easy enough to report every single rumor, we'll penalize for wrong guesses, taking off 5 for each false rumor and awarding a point for solid reports. Question marks are worth zero. Here we go!