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.

Microsoft Office Coming to iPhone, iPad in 2013

10:09 AM, Nov. 7th, 2012 · · Rumor

New information backing up rumors that iOS-compatible versions of Microsoft's Office suite are coming in early 2013 surfaced when The Verge claimed to see previews of mobile versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Unfortunately, it appears the apps will offer very few features beyond limited editing, and will also require an Office 365 subscription.

Apple Testing iOS 6.0.1, Fixes Keyboard Flicker & Wi-Fi Issues

1:12 PM, Oct. 22nd, 2012 · · Rumor

iOS 6.0.1 Update

Apple has reportedly begun testing iOS 6.0.1, the first update to the company's latest mobile OS. The update promises several bug fixes, including solutions to the flickering keyboard problem and Wi-Fi connectivity issues. iOS 6.0.1 is expected to hit general availability in the next few weeks.

Apple to Highlight Education at Media Event

10:40 AM, Oct. 22nd, 2012 · · Rumor

Along with the introduction of the smaller form factor iPad, Apple is expected to highlight education and iBooks 3 at its media event on Tuesday. Pat of the push will be to show the new iPad model as a versatile tool in schools.

All Aboard: Apple Wants Color’s Engineers

12:41 PM, Oct. 19th, 2012 · · Rumor

Reports that Apple is buying the nearly dead social networking service Color may have been overstating the deal a little now that new sources are telling AllThingsD that instead Apple is buying the company's engineers.

Apple Buying Nearly Defunct Color Labs

10:27 AM, Oct. 18th, 2012 · · Rumor

Apple is apparently in the process of buying the failed social networking company Color Labs. The company was co-founded Bill Nguyen, who also happened to launch LaLa -- the online music service Apple purchased in 2009 and later shut down.

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Start a company, then sell it to Apple. Repeat. Looks like Mr. Nguyen has a pretty slick business model.