To Fight iTunes, Amazon May Offer “Auto Rip” of Purchased CDs

7:28 AM, Jan. 10th, 2013 · · Rumor

Amazon CD Auto Rip

Amazon may soon offer an "auto rip" service that will automatically add music from physical disc purchases to a user's Amazon Cloud Drive. The service will give users the advantages of iTunes Match plus the better quality and backup that a physical disc provides, and may put pressure on Apple to increase the value of content on its iTunes Store.

iMac Delays Due to Low Screen Yields at Supplier LG Display

5:59 AM, Jan. 10th, 2013 · · Rumor

LG Display iMac Delay

Following Tuesday's report of production issues that were causing delays for Apple's new iMac, new information late Wednesday suggests that the holdup is caused by screen lamination problems experienced by Apple supplier LG Display. Sources claim that the problems will be solved by February, enabling much higher yields that will ease supply constraints.

Apple Developing Low-Cost iPhone for Emerging Markets in 2013

7:22 AM, Jan. 8th, 2013 · · Rumor

Low Cost iPhone

Rumors claim that Apple is preparing an entirely new "low-cost" iPhone for emerging markets like China, with supply chain sources claiming to have seen prototypes of the product. While Apple would love to ink a deal with China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier, it is not likely that the company would create entirely new hardware specifically for that market.

Apple Reportedly Testing TOD Displays for iPhone

5:12 PM, Jan. 3rd, 2013 · · Rumor

The Apple Crystal Ball

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

Apple Macs 802.11ac Wifi

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

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.