Lightning Accessories to Remain Scarce as Apple Tightens Rules

11:29 AM, Oct. 4th, 2012 · · Rumor

Lightning Third Party Accessories

Apple's new Lightning connector will soon be found on all of the company's mobile devices, but strict new guidelines imposed by Apple on its partners suggests that Apple's customers may be facing a long wait before they can purchase credible third party accessories.

iPad mini 4-6 Weeks Behind Schedule Due to Supply Chain Issues

9:56 AM, Oct. 4th, 2012 · · Rumor

iPad Mini Rendering

Apple's iPad mini is expected to be unveiled this month, but supply chain problems may limit the number of units Apple can sell in the device's first quarter. Still, analysts expect that the device will have "iconic aesthetics” and "blow away" the Android-based competition.

Apple Will Reportedly Send iPad Mini Invites October 10th

3:59 PM, Oct. 1st, 2012 · · Rumor

The iPad mini Apple Rumor Mill

With the launch of iPhone 5 and iOS 6 out of the way, it's time to move on to the Next Big Rumor™: iPad mini. Fortune's Philip Elmer-Dewitt wrote on Monday that one of his sources is claiming that Apple will begin sending out invitations for the media event announcing the device on October 10th.

Google & Asustek Reportedly Planning $99 Tablet for Xmas

3:35 PM, Sep. 27th, 2012 · · Rumor

Cheap Tablet

In an effort to plumb the depths of you-get-what-you-pay-for, Google and Asustek are reportedly working on developing a US$99 tablet in time for Christmas. According to Taiwan-based DigiTimes, the two companies are conspiring on a thinner form factor for the $199 Nexus 7 and a second unspecified $99 model in order to keep in front of Apple's unannounced iPad mini.

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The thing to remember about the supply chain in Asia is that there are legions of people working on things for all manner of companies in China and Taiwan. That's a lot of opportunities for leaks, but not all leaks are created equal. 

Sources Claim Apple is Seeking Carbon Fiber for Future Products

3:39 PM, Sep. 26th, 2012 · · Rumor

Carbon Fiber Apple Mac Products

Supply chain sources suggest that Apple is seeking a supplier of carbon fiber for future products. Leaks, patent filings, and job postings show that Apple has long been interested in using the strong and light material but its lack of recyclability may have held the company back until now.

Rumored iPad Mini to Have Production Split Between Foxconn/Pegatron

9:44 PM, Sep. 17th, 2012 · · Rumor

Foxconn & Pegatron...Together!

A report out of Taiwan has production of the rumored iPad mini being split between two manufacturers. Until now, Foxconn has been the sole producer of Apple's existing iPad line, but Pegatron will reportedly be picking up 50-60 percent of the production of the iPad mini.

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It's always good to have your eggs in more than one basket. When you're a manufacturer of Apple's size, anything you can do to diversify your supply chain will make for a more stable supply chain in the long run.

TMO’s iPhone 5 Rumor Roundup

3:25 PM, Sep. 7th, 2012 · · Rumor

iPhone 5 Rumor Roundup

The next iPhone is just days aways. With rumors about its design and features reaching a fever pitch, The Mac Observer provides a roundup of what to expect (and not expect) from Apple's next big thing.

Rumor: Apple’s Ivy Bridge iMac Update is “Imminent”

10:43 AM, Sep. 7th, 2012 · · Rumor

iMac Ivy Bridge Update

Rumors of an update to the iMac line continue to grow. A new report from Fox News today says that the update is "imminent." Although many are hoping for a major redesign including Retina displays, this year's iMac update will likely only include an upgrade to Ivy Bridge and the addition of USB 3.0 support.

Apple to Hang Up on iPhone 3GS, Say Hello to Free 8GB iPhone 4

4:33 PM, Sep. 6th, 2012 · · Rumor

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New rumors suggest that Apple will drop the free-on-contract iPhone 3GS after the launch of the iPhone 5 and replace it with a new 8 GB iPhone 4. The iPhone 4S at 8 GB would become Apple's new mid-range option at $99, leaving room for the iPhone 5 to start at $199.