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Leak Claims New Apple TV in 2014, Hints at Steve Jobs’s ‘Cracked Code’

3:59 PM, Feb. 12th, 2014 · · Rumor

Apple TV 2014 or Bust!

Apple TV rumors have been relatively quiescent in the last six months, but a report from Bloomberg promises to kick that topic back into gear. Citing unnamed sources, the news service said that Apple is planning a new Apple TV settop box it could introduce as early as April, but that could ship as late as the December quarter. Better yet, information about the interface revives the story of Steve Jobs "cracking the code."

Next iPhone May Keep 8MP Sensor, Look to Software for Improvements

10:37 AM, Jan. 9th, 2014 · · Rumor

iPhone Camera

At least one financial firm thinks that Apple won't upgrade the camera hardware on the next iPhone, maintaining the current 8MP design and instead choosing to improve image quality with new software features. The report was strong enough to send the stock of the primary iPhone camera supplier tumbling.

Rumor: Big iPad Coming in October, Kills 11-inch MacBook Air

10:11 AM, Dec. 23rd, 2013 · · Rumor

The latest rumor about bigger iPads has Apple releasing a 12.9-inch model in October 2014, and it may be a replacement for the 11-inch MacBook Air. This big iPad model will apparently target the education market, which doesn't exactly fit with the idea that Apple will call it the iPad Pro.

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A bigger iPad? Sure. That's pretty likely. Ditching the 11-inch MacBook Air? Not so likely. And targeting the just the education market with the bigger iPad doesn't seem all that likely, either.

Chinese Site Claims Apple Will Release iWatch in October, 2014

11:55 AM, Dec. 13th, 2013 · · Rumor

iWatch Mockup

Another day, another iWatch rumor: a Chinese site reported that unspecified insider sources—presumably in Apple's supply chain—said that Apple will release the long-rumored iWatch in October of 2014. The report comes with caveats, however, as Apple has reportedly not settled on a screen size, and is struggling with the fight between battery life and battery size. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on this rumor.

German Retailer Claims Mac Pro Release Date of December 16th

6:14 PM, Dec. 4th, 2013 · · Rumor

Apple's New Mac Pro

Do you smell that? That's the scent of pressed aluminum in the air, and that means we're getting close to the expected release of Apple's delicious new Mac Pro. An Apple retailer in Germany—Conrad Electronics—has made a successful grab for some publicity by claiming the device will be available on December 16th, even though Apple hasn't announced a release date.

Quanta Reportedly Lands Large-iPad Assembly, Vies with Foxconn for iWatch

7:27 PM, Nov. 25th, 2013 · · Rumor

Cloudy Apple Crystal Ball

2014 could be a good year for Quanta Computer—according to a report from Taiwan's DigiTimes, Quanta has landed the/a deal with Apple to produce that company's rumored large-sized iPad. Citing unnamed sources in Apple's supply chain, Quanta is also vying with heavyweight Foxconn and Inventec to produce another rumored Apple product, the iWatch. Bryan Chaffin puts these rumors through the wringer and finds them wanting.

Rumor Claims 12.9-inch iPad Coming in Early 2014

11:09 AM, Nov. 19th, 2013 · · Rumor

Apple is getting ready to grow its iPad family again, this time with a bigger 12.9-inch display model set to launch some time in the spring. Like so many other rumors, this one comes from an unnamed source in Apple's parts supply chain

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Just because a parts supplier says Apple is making a new product doesn't mean that's what's really happening. If that were the case, we'd have several different iPhone and iPad models by now, plus the Apple television

New Rumor Claims Apple TV Plans On Hold in Favor of Wearables, Analysis

5:51 PM, Nov. 11th, 2013 · · Rumor

Apple TV

Apple's TV ambitions have been "put on hold again," according to unnamed sources cited by NPD DisplaySearch's Paul Gagnon. Those sources are in the TV industry's supply chain, and Mr. Gagnon speculates that Apple could be focusing on another long-rumored product entry, wearable computers (or wearables). Bryan Chaffin argues that there's not much meat on this rumor bone.

Apple May Offer iPad Air In-store Personal Pickup Friday

11:28 AM, Oct. 29th, 2013 · · Rumor

Apple's new iPad Air will go on sale this Friday, November 1, and the company isn't offering pre-order sales. Instead, shoppers will have to line up Friday morning to get theirs, but one report claims we'll also be able to order online and pick up in the store later in the day without any waiting.

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Apple hasn't said yet whether or not it'll offer Personal Pickup service for the iPad Air, but is sure would be convenient. It would also make for a surprise change since the company hasn't previously offered the service on iPad launch days.

Amazon’s French Tea Leaves Vaguely Hint at Tuesday Apple TV Refresh

9:12 PM, Oct. 18th, 2013 · · Rumor

Tea Leaves

There is no rumor like an Apple rumor, and there is no company like Apple to cause the world to pore over everything it can to find even the vaguest hints of what the company is planning. Today is one of those days, because Amazon's French and German sites did a tiny little thing that might hint at an Apple TV refresh during the October 22nd media event the company will hold in San Francisco.