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T-Mobile Schedule Blackout Hints at iPhone 5S Release Date

8:38 AM, Aug. 29th, 2013 · · Rumor

T-Mobile has apparently blocked employee vacations between September 20 and September 22, which would coincide nicely with the expected release of the iPhone 5's successor. Apple will be hosting a special iPhone-related media event on September 10, and typically new models ship about a week later, or in this case, September 20.

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Apple hasn't confirmed new iPhones are coming, or that it is hosting a September launch event. Still, with the number of images and videos of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C that have hit the Internet most of these are feeling like rumors only in name. Rumors of T-Mobile's employee blackout dates fit, too, so there's a pretty good chance people will be lining up on September 20 to get their new iPhones.

Reports Claim Next iPhone Processor 31% Faster and/or 64-Bit

2:26 PM, Aug. 26th, 2013 · · Rumor

The Apple Crystal Ball

Rumors and reports of Apple's next-generation processor for its iOS devices are spreading fast. Over the weekend, Fox News anchor Clayton Morris tweeted that unnamed sources told him Apple's unannounced A7 processor are "very fast," and another report claimed that Apple has been testing 64-bit versions of the A7 chip. Bryan Chaffin takes these rumors for a spin.

Amazon Reportedly Developing Amazon-Branded Android Console

7:22 PM, Aug. 9th, 2013 · · Rumor

The Amazon Crystal Ball

Amazon is reportedly developing an Amazon-branded TV console that would run on Android and use apps found on the Amazon Appstore for Android. The device will supposedly have its own dedicated game controller and be available by Black Friday for the holiday shopping season. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on the subject.

China Labor Watch Outs Apple’s Low-Cost iPhone in Undercover Report

8:33 PM, Jul. 29th, 2013 · · Rumor

Clarity in the Apple Crystal Ball

Activist group China Labor Watch (CLW) has outed—or confirmed, depending on your point of view—Apple's plans to release a low-cost iPhone model. In a report accusing Apple supplier Pegatron of labor violations, the labor rights group described an iPhone with a plastic back that it said Apple will release "soon."

New ‘Mac Pro’ Image Pushed to Mac Sites [Update]

5:36 PM, Jun. 9th, 2013 · · Rumor

A New Mac Pro?

An interesting image of what is supposedly a new Mac Pro was sent to several Mac sites on Sunday, including The Mac Observer. There's no context, there's no additional information, and there's zero track record with the anonymous sender, but it's an interesting image.

Apple Pushing for iRadio Launch at WWDC

8:55 AM, Jun. 3rd, 2013 · · Rumor

Apple is reportedly pushing to wrap up deals with music labels for a streaming music service launch announcement at its annual World Wide Developer Conference next week in San Francisco. Rumors that Apple signed a deal with Universal Music surfaced last month, and now reports are claiming Sony Music is on board, too.

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Even though Apple hasn't confirmed iRadio is happening, so much information has leaked that is sounds like it's only a matter of when -- not if -- an announcement happens. Unveiling the service at WWDC may not seem like the best fit, but Apple has used its event keynote in the past to introduce new products, and if there aren't other big announcements planned, iRadio would be a nice addition to keep the media and analysts happy.