Rumor Roundup: Light on evidence
This past week was relatively light on rumors, and as usual those rumors were light on evidence... but when has that ever stopped anyone from pontificating about Apple?
Some analyst is now saying the Apple HDTV won't launch in 2013. This calls for a no-holds-barred cage match between him and Gene Munster in Madison Square Garden. Winner take all, where "all" is a Google TV with an Apple sticker slapped on the back.
Apple is said to be investigating new display technology that could replace the current "in-cell" display tech in the iPhone 5. "In cell" touch sensors have caused some minor input difficulties in some use cases, so there's a sense of plausibility to this report. The fact that this "report out of China" isn't sourced from Digitimes lends it even more credibility.
Corning has only stated that third-gen Gorilla Glass exists; details on pricing and availability are yet to be revealed. That hasn't stopped people from speculating the material will find its way into next-gen Apple products. If any of the rumors pointing to an early spring launch of the next iPhone and iPad are true, that doesn't seem likely.
Some analyst says Apple will finally launch a music streaming service this year, as foretold in years worth of rumors. As proof, he says that -- haha, just kidding. This "report" came from an analyst. He doesn't have any proof. Just like the rest of these so-called analysts, he's the 21st century equivalent of some transient standing on a Brooklyn street corner ranting and raving about the Apocalypse. Put a three-piece suit on that guy and have him rant and rave about Apple instead, and somehow it becomes newsworthy.
Remember last week, when I said not to get too excited about those rumors that Apple was going to buy Waze? Those were good times. Oh, how we laughed.
According to Betteridge's Law of Headlines, any headline that asks a yes/no question can invariably be answered with a no. In fact, Patently Apple gives us the "no" answer to its own headline, though you have to get pretty deep into the text to find it:
"While it's true that Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs was Disney's largest shareholder after his sale of Pixar and that Apple has hinted in a number of patents that they may expand their push into video gaming, there's still no definitive proof as of yet to connect Apple to this project."
Well, there you go then. I don't know about you, but my parents raised me to believe "no definitive proof" equals "not gonna happen."
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