Apple Reportedly Testing TOD Displays for iPhone

5:12 PM, Jan. 3rd, 2013 · · Rumor

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Apple is reportedly testing Touch On Display screens for a future generation of iPhone. A report out of China reported that Apple supplier Innolux has shipped samples of TOD displays to Apple for testing and possible certification.

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Our take on rumors like this is that there is almost certainly a kernel of truth involved. In this case, Innolux has undoubtedly sent samples of TOD displays to Apple. That doesn't necessarily mean, however, that Apple is specifically looking for a new display technology for iPhone.

Apple Considers Buying Waze Map Service

5:42 PM, Jan. 2nd, 2013 · · Rumor

Apple is apparently deep in negotiations to buy the online map service Waze. Sources say the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker is willing to pay upwards of US$500 million for the company, although Waze is said to be holding out for $750 million.

2013 Macs Rumored to Support Ultra-Fast 802.11ac “Gigabit” Wi-Fi

11:51 AM, Jan. 2nd, 2013 · · Rumor

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Apple's 2013 lineup of Macs may sport ultra-fast Wi-Fi thanks to the inclusion of 802.11ac support. Apple is reportedly in talks with Broadcom, one of the few 802.11ac chip makers, to bring support for the new standard, which offers maximum speeds of over a gigabit per second, to Macs this year.

Apple Reportedly Negotiating to Bring iBookstore to Japan

9:11 AM, Jan. 2nd, 2013 · · Rumor

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Apple's iBookstore may soon be available in Japan. Apple is reportedly negotiating with several Japanese book publishers to bring its iOS-based eBook platform to The Land of the Rising Sun with some sources suggesting a deal could arrive in the next month or two.

Apple Reportedly Strikes Deal With TSMC for A6X Production

6:21 AM, Jan. 2nd, 2013 · · Rumor

Apple TSMC AX Chip Deal

Apple may soon begin sourcing A-Series mobile chips from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), according to reports early Wednesday. The deal, which will start with limited orders of the A6X chip found in the fourth-generation iPad, may be quickly expanded as Apple looks to sever its ties to its longtime manufacturing partner, Samsung.

Intel to Launch Cable TV Service at CES 2013

9:33 AM, Dec. 31st, 2012 · · Rumor

Intel is apparently planning on introducing its own virtual cable television service and set top box during CES in early January. Sources said company is jumping into the television market because Google failed to gain traction with its own Google TV based on Intel chips.

Mac mini Production May Come to the US

8:47 AM, Dec. 27th, 2012 · · Rumor

After Apple CEO Tim Cook said that production for one Mac model would be coming to the United States, rumors suggesting he was talking about the Mac Pro or iMac surfaced, and now a new report claims the U.S.-bound model is the Mac mini.

Redesigned iPad May be Coming in Spring

9:52 AM, Dec. 26th, 2012 · · Rumor

Reports from insider sources claim Apple is prepping to launch a fifth generation version of the iPad in March only months after the fourth generation model hit store shelves. The new model is expected to be thinner and lighter than the third and fourth generation models it will replace to closer match the iPad mini's design.

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Assuming Apple wants to release products on a predictable schedule may be at least a little presumptuous, but something the company is more than happy to let its competition believe. Apple isn't bound to follow any product release schedule and by rolling out new gear when it wants instead of when it feels it has to will make it hard for competitors to leapfrog over the latest iPhone and iPad models.

Apple, Google Eyeing Home Automation Company Purchase

8:40 AM, Dec. 21st, 2012 · · Rumor

Apple, Google and Microsoft are apparently all in closed-doors discussions to potentially purchase R2 Studios, a company that designs home automation and media gear. R2 Studios' first and only product on the market is an Android-based app for wirelessly controlling heating and lighting systems, and the company also holds some interface and electronic device patents.

Apple Reportedly Bumps iPad mini Orders to 10-12 Million in Q4

4:57 PM, Dec. 20th, 2012 · · Rumor

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Apple has bumped iPad mini orders to 10 million units this quarter, up from 8 million units previously, according to Taiwan-based DigiTimes. That number could be as high as 12 million before the year is out, with the increased numbers stemming from improved yields in components.

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DigiTimes has a very good record for order-based reports on currently shipping products such as this one. You can probably even skip the salt when taking it in.