Rumor Roundup: BREAKING - March and April not same month

AAPL earnings will come in well above upper end of company's guidance, say analysts, at $68.3B (9to5 Mac) Source: Some analysts Chance it's true: None "Analyst consensus" of Apple's performance was off by billions of dollars. You know, like always. The amateur analysts came closer, at $69.2 b...

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Rumor Roundup: Features you can't explain to Grandma

Apple exploring smarter Smart Cover, new gesture controls for iPad (AppleInsider) Source: Patent application Chance it's true: The patent? 100 percent. This showing up on store shelves? Much less. Apple patents tons of stuff that never makes it to market. It obviously also patents things which d...

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Rumor Roundup: Vindicated rather than vindictive

Following the non-bombshell, non-revelation from a non-accurate analyst earlier this week that Apple might be making a stylus for the iPad, the rumor fires cooled considerably, with only two of note seeping through the cracks. After eating Intel's mobile lunch, Apple could next devour Qualcomm's B...

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Rumor Roundup: 'Nobody wants a stylus'

Google Is In Talks With Mobile Payments Company Softcard (TechCrunch) Source: "People familiar with the matter" Chance it's true: 90 percent This article seems less about how Google is reportedly trying to procure Softcard (likely for its patents related to mobile payments) and more about the ut...

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Rumor Roundup: If only 'Failblog' weren't already taken

Apple might already be testing its next major iPhone operating system (BGR) Source: Czech website Chance it's true: 100 percent Obviously Apple is internally testing an operating system that, if previous patterns hold, will be debuted to developers in about six months. This happens every year: A...

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Rumor Roundup: Actually intelligent analysis

Manufacturing Mold for 'iPad Pro' Rear Shell or Dummy Unit Shown in New Photo (MacRumors) Source: Terrible photo Chance it's true: Who knows From the article: "Few details can be discerned from the relatively poor quality photo [...] simple design of the mold suggests this may be an unofficial m...

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Rumor Roundup: Death by 1000 cuts

Aside from the usual terrible supply chain sources and analyst BS, which is almost always wrong, is another type of Apple rumor that's almost always right: leaks from within the company. And it looks like the ratbag employee(s) within Apple leaking company secrets to rumor blogs (for some reason ne...

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Rumor Roundup: 'Should not be treated as hard evidence'

Even more evidence that the 'iPhone 6s mini' is coming this year (BGR) Source: Some analyst Chance it's true: 30 percent at best BGR plays fast and loose with the definition of the word "evidence" by citing analyst projections and guesswork over the supposed "iPhone 6s mini." It bears mentioning...

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Rumor Roundup: What to expect when you're expecting 2015

Apple in Talks with Major Banks to Launch Apple Pay in UK During First Half of 2015 (MacRumors) Source: "People familiar with the matter" Chance it's true: 100 percent It makes perfect sense that the UK will be the next nation to see Apple Pay availability. I'm not holding my breath for where I ...

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Rumor Roundup: Send off 2014 with the worst of all sources

Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch MacBook Air Rumored to Enter Mass Production in Early 2015 (MacRumors) Source: Digitimes Chance it's true: 0.01 percent. Because Digitimes. What better way to close out 2014 than with a rumor from the worst of all sources? (I can think of several hundred better ways, ...

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