Apple Reportedly Cements iWatch Suppliers for Q3 Intro

6:45 PM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · · Rumor

The Apple Crystal Ball

Gird your loins, because it's time for more iWatch rumors: Economic Daily News of Taiwan is claiming to have a finalized list of suppliers for Apple's iWatch with terms that include August delivery for components for a Q3 introduction. The report also claims Apple is targeting production of 65 million units for 2014 alone, but take that one with a huge grain of salt.

Apple Reportedly in Talks To Purchase Renesas Mobile

7:40 PM, Apr. 2nd, 2014 · · Rumor

Apple has opened discussions to purchase the majority of Renesas SP, a Japanese chip maker in dire financial straits. According to Reuters, Apple wants the 55 percent stake that Renesas SP owns in another company called Renesas SP Driver, the largest supplier of chips that control mobile screens to all three iPhone suppliers: Sharp, LG Display, and Japan Display Inc.

Rumor: Apple to Intro 12-inch MacBook Pro

2:56 PM, Mar. 24th, 2014 · · Rumor

Apple is reportedly working on a 12-inch version of its MacBook Pro laptop to ship later this year. Along with a smaller display, the new model will ditch internal fans as well as the mechanical trackpad button currently used on all Apple laptops.

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It isn't any secret that Apple is phasing out built-in optical drives, so this year would be a perfect time to finally drop that from the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It would also make for a great time to seriously revamp the laptop lineup with improvements that go beyond incremental speed bumps.

David Fincher Reportedly Wants Christian Bale to Play Steve Jobs

5:24 PM, Mar. 20th, 2014 · · Rumor

Christian Bale and Steve Jobs

David Fincher wants to direct a movie about Steve Jobs written by Aaron Sorkin, but only if Batman star Christian Bale plays the lead. The movie has long been in the works, and is based on the Walter Isaacson biography, Steve Jobs.

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Christian Bale as Steve Jobs in a movie directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Isaacson's killer biography? Sign me up. That's a recipe for awesome.

Leak Claims New Apple TV in 2014, Hints at Steve Jobs’s ‘Cracked Code’

3:59 PM, Feb. 12th, 2014 · · Rumor

Apple TV 2014 or Bust!

Apple TV rumors have been relatively quiescent in the last six months, but a report from Bloomberg promises to kick that topic back into gear. Citing unnamed sources, the news service said that Apple is planning a new Apple TV settop box it could introduce as early as April, but that could ship as late as the December quarter. Better yet, information about the interface revives the story of Steve Jobs "cracking the code."

Next iPhone May Keep 8MP Sensor, Look to Software for Improvements

10:37 AM, Jan. 9th, 2014 · · Rumor

iPhone Camera

At least one financial firm thinks that Apple won't upgrade the camera hardware on the next iPhone, maintaining the current 8MP design and instead choosing to improve image quality with new software features. The report was strong enough to send the stock of the primary iPhone camera supplier tumbling.

Rumor: Big iPad Coming in October, Kills 11-inch MacBook Air

10:11 AM, Dec. 23rd, 2013 · · Rumor

The latest rumor about bigger iPads has Apple releasing a 12.9-inch model in October 2014, and it may be a replacement for the 11-inch MacBook Air. This big iPad model will apparently target the education market, which doesn't exactly fit with the idea that Apple will call it the iPad Pro.

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A bigger iPad? Sure. That's pretty likely. Ditching the 11-inch MacBook Air? Not so likely. And targeting the just the education market with the bigger iPad doesn't seem all that likely, either.

Chinese Site Claims Apple Will Release iWatch in October, 2014

11:55 AM, Dec. 13th, 2013 · · Rumor

iWatch Mockup

Another day, another iWatch rumor: a Chinese site reported that unspecified insider sources—presumably in Apple's supply chain—said that Apple will release the long-rumored iWatch in October of 2014. The report comes with caveats, however, as Apple has reportedly not settled on a screen size, and is struggling with the fight between battery life and battery size. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on this rumor.