What’s Black and White and Flat All Over? iOS 7

7:35 PM, May. 24th, 2013 · · Rumor

iOS 7 Mockup

The first delicious rumors have emerged on what Sir Jonathan Ive is doing to iOS 7. 9to5Mac reported that unnamed sources have described the new look and feel for iOS 7 as "black and white and flat all over," a play on the old-school riddle about newspapers*. The sources also said that iOS 7 will focus almost entirely on this interface change rather than on new features.

Japanese Rumor Says Apple Prepping Multicolor iPhone & iPhone 5S

6:52 PM, May. 24th, 2013 · · Rumor

iPhone Mockups

Apple is working on an inexpensive iPhone model that will come in multiple colors, according to Japanese site Macotakora. The same story also said that Apple was working on the expected iPhone 5S, and that this device might also be available in different colors. Bryan Chaffin weighs the information.

Analyst: iWatch Coming in 2014 with Biometrics

1:15 PM, May. 23rd, 2013 · · Rumor

Don't plan on spending your money on an Apple smartwatch this year, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He expects the rumored iWatch will surface later in 2014 and that it will include biometric-related features, too.

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It's a pretty safe bet that Apple is experimenting with wearable technology in its labs, and that most likely includes watch-type devices. Whether or not any of those products ever make it to market remains to be seen, and it's also a safe bet they won't make it out of testing if Apple doesn't think they'll be market changing devices.

Rumor Claims Apple Testing iWatch Display

10:59 AM, May. 20th, 2013 · · Rumor

Rumors out of Taiwan claim Apple is currently testing 1.5-inch OLED displays from RITEK for its smartwatch device. That display will apparently be linked to RitFast sensors to make it touch-sensitive.

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If the iWatch is just an accessory to the iPhone or iPad, it doesn't make sense for Apple to release the product. Apple's primary product line is all about stand-alone devices that also happen to interact really well with other Apple gear.

Apple Closing In On Streaming Music Deal

10:48 AM, Apr. 5th, 2013 · · Rumor

Apple has apparently made some headway with record labels and is close to swinging a deal that would let it launch an iTunes-based streaming music service. The alleged deals are enticing to at least two of the labels because they would also include an easy way for listeners to purchase the songs they stream directly from the iTunes Store.

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Streaming music looks seems to be the missing piece in Apple's iTunes lineup right now. Maybe it's time for the company to take on Pandora and Spotify.

Rumors Says iPad mini Getting Retina Display in June

11:15 AM, Mar. 18th, 2013 · · Rumor

The latest iPad mini rumor to surface says the first update for Apple's smaller form factor tablet is coming in June, and will bring with it a much higher resolution display. The rumor also claimed the new iPad mini beefs up its processor and cameras, and may even get a little thinner, too.

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Yes, new iPads are coming. Yes, they'll have new features. No, Apple hasn't talked about time frames or what the new models will include. The rumor mill, however, sure thinks it has it all worked out.

Apple May be Planning Stock Dividend & Buyback Changes

10:03 AM, Mar. 13th, 2013 · · Rumor

Apple is apparently looking at adding more dividends for shareholders or a new stock buyback plan to increase the cash going back to investors, and those changes could be coming this spring. Assuming the rumor pans out, shareholders would get a bigger share of Apple's massive cash horde, although right now there isn't any official confirmation that the company is ready to make an announcement.

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Apple has deep pockets, and everyone wants a piece of the action.

Apple’s iWatch Coming in 2013

10:15 AM, Mar. 4th, 2013 · · Rumor

Apple's rumored "iWatch" smartwatch is apparently real and will start showing up on user's wrists before the end of 2013. That's the word from anonymous sources who claim to know what the Cupertino-based company is up to.

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Assuming Apple has wearable technology devices in its labs is a pretty safe assumption, but that doesn't mean the company plans on making a watch. Apple has already toyed with wearable tech (think iPod nano) so it isn't a big reach to think more is on the way.

Retina MacBook Air Allegedly Set for Q3 Launch

10:40 AM, Feb. 19th, 2013 · · Rumor

Apple is apparently planning on updating the MacBook Air lineup during the third quarter of 2013 with new Intel processors and a Retina Display. Component makers speaking anonymously claimed Apple will use Intel's Haswell chip platform in the new MacBook Air, and that the upgrade may include additional external features, too.

Next iPad mini’s Retina Display to Raise Production Cost 30%

6:08 AM, Feb. 18th, 2013 · · Rumor

iPad mini Retina Display

Recent rumors suggest that the second-generation iPad mini will adopt a Retina resolution display that exceeds the pixel density of its larger sibling, but doing so could raise the production cost of the device by more than 30 percent due to the need for additional backlighting and GPU performance. The change would also hit Apple's already shrinking margins, which have negatively affected the company's stock price.