Apple Reportedly Negotiating to Bring iBookstore to Japan

9:11 AM, Jan. 2nd, 2013 · · Rumor

Apple Japan iBooks

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

The Apple Crystal Ball

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.

Analyst: iPhone Finally Coming to T-Mobile Next Week

1:31 PM, Nov. 29th, 2012 · · Rumor

T-Mobile iPhone Deal

T-Mobile, the last national U.S. carrier to not officially offer the iPhone may be on the verge of a deal with Apple, according to Merrill Lynch analyst Scott Craig. Mr. Craig reported Thursday that "speculation is heightening" for a deal between Apple and T-Mobile's parent company, Deutsche Telecom, to be completed as early as next week.

Apple Could Launch $200 iPhone for Emerging Markets

3:37 PM, Nov. 28th, 2012 · · Rumor

The iPhone Crystal Ball

Apple's share of the smartphone market in emerging markets could get a boost in the future from a cheaper iPhone, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. In a presentation called "The Future of Apple," Mr. Munster told the IGNITION conference that Apple might turn to a cheaper iPhone to grow its share of this price-sensitive segment of the market in 2014.

Rumor Pegs iPhone 5S Production in December

11:37 AM, Nov. 12th, 2012 · · Rumor

With the iPhone 5 just over a month old, rumors of iPhone 5S production have already started to surface. Sources claim the next iPhone model will see limited production starting in December, leading to speculation that Apple is targeting a spring product launch instead of waiting about a year for a new product release.