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Rumor Roundup: The spice must flow

Very few rumors came out this week, a fact for which I'm actually quite grateful. With all the other projects I'm balancing right now, I don't think I could've handled a week of 20-plus rumors all lined up and crying out to be debunked.

Dear rumor blogs: please keep it down to a dull roar between now and the end of the year. Sincerely, etc.

Rumor: Major Foxconn factory to cease iPhone 5c production, focus on Apple's iPhone 5s (AppleInsider)

Oh dear, sounds like bad news for Apple. I wonder who the source of this report is...

"Taiwanese publication DigiTimes" - really, AppleInsider, et al? After all this time, you still haven't learned not to take anything Digitimes says seriously? I know the old saying about being unable to teach an old dog new tricks, but this is kind of like having an old dog who runs out into traffic, gets clipped by a car, spends six months in canine traction, then once healed up immediately heads straight for the busiest intersection in town.

BGR's take on the same story, from the same source, is even more delightfully brain dead:

More evidence suggests that the iPhone 5c is a dud (BGR)

Digitimes apparently counts as "evidence" if you're BGR, and a device that has sold millions of units since its launch also apparently counts as a "dud." Since Apple doesn't break down its iPhone sales by model, all these endless speculative pieces about how the iPhone 5c is flaming out in the market are absolutely hilarious.

As for the source of this "evidence," let me break it down for you, guys: Digitimes is not a reputable source of news relating to Apple. Ever.

Still not getting it? How about this: Digitimes = wrong, always. Period.

I can tell by the drool that you still don't understand. I give up.

Report claims 12.9-inch panel for larger iPad already in production, release early next year (9to5 Mac)

Expect another six months of stories like this, sourced from Asian publications citing "sources in the supply chain." Don't expect to see any of these stories actually pan out. Also don't expect the rumor blogs to own up to their terrible track record after citing dozens of reports like this.

Larger-Screen iPhone Rumors Continue with 4.9-Inch iPhone 6, iPhone 5c Successor (MacRumors)

Chinese site you've never heard of before today makes grandiose claims about the screen size of an iPhone that likely won't be publicly announced until September of next year. Rumor blogs repost this "news" endlessly, people click on it, ad impressions are served, and the spice flows. The spice must flow.

Apple Continues Work on Liquidmetal Alloys for Use in Future Products (MacRumors)

From the article (paraphrased): "Apple has been rumored to be experimenting with [...] Liquidmetal ever since [...] 2010." And three years later, despite multiple rumors the company was going to release a Liquidmetal-based iPhone, the only product Apple currently makes that's made of this material is the little SIM tool that comes in the iPhone package. In fact, this article seriously seems like someone at MacRumors just dusted off one of those original 2010 articles and shifted the dates around.

But at least it's not sourced from Digitimes. I'll give it that.

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