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Rumor Roundup: Things that make you go 'Hmmm'

10% of owners of iPhone 5 & up will buy an Apple Watch, predicts Morgan Stanley (9to5 Mac) Source: some analyst Chance it's true: 30 percent at most Morgan Stanley joins the fray of analysts desperate to be FIRST! to predict sales for a product that hasn't even shipped yet. Left unexplained...

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Rumor Roundup: Return of the analysts

Just when I was starting to think all the analysts had gone into hibernation for the year, a few have crawled out of the woodwork to make their typically barmy, nonsensical predictions. RBC raises Apple price target to $120, predicts Apple Watch will earn $10B in first-year revenue...

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Rumor Roundup: Everybody pageview, er, I mean panic

Predictably, the later we get into the year, the fewer rumors there are to round up. It almost makes me long for the halcyon days of stupid mockups, moronic drivel from analysts, and thrice-daily tripe from Digitimes. Almost. Now that I think about it, what exactly do you suppose all those Apple...

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Rumor Roundup: Honestly

Pegatron Reportedly Boosting iPhone 6 Production, Adding iPhone 6 Plus to Meet Strong Demand (MacRumors) Source: Japanese website Chance it's true: 30 percent Reports like this are rather difficult to take seriously since they're never actually verified one way or the other. Even if more iPhone...

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Rumor Roundup: Divide by zero error

Evidence shows Apple operating a mysterious Web crawling bot (AppleInsider) Source: Website usage logs Chance it's true: 100 percent There's no denying that a crawler traced to Apple's servers is apparently sending some traffic to a number of websites. For what purpose that might entail, no one...

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Rumor Roundup: 'The skepticism it deserves'

Report: Christian Bale drops Steve Jobs role in upcoming biopic (9to5 Mac) Source: Hollywood Chance it's true: Who knows Film casting is so fickle, and can change so quickly for so many reasons, that it's not really worth reporting on it until someone actually shows up to the set and starts...

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Rumor Roundup: Sad journalism trombone

NXP hopes Apple's adoption of NFC will encourage automakers to use its chips to replace car keys (AppleInsider) Source: Reading way too much into things Chance it's true: Who knows The guys who may or may not be supplying NFC chips for the newest iPhones (teardowns suggest they are) are hoping...

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Rumor Roundup: Lucy in the sky with sapphires

Apple seeks partners to enable NFC-based transit payments & building access for iPhone 6 & Watch (AppleInsider) Source: "People familiar with the matter" Chance it's true: 100 percent Can you think of any reason why Apple wouldn't want to do this? Neither can I. It actually makes a lot...

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Rumor Roundup: Jump to conclusions [Updated]

It's autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, which means the leaves are turning, pumpkin-spiced everything, Christmas music beginning promptly in mid-October, and the annual firehose of Apple rumors is streaming down to a tiny trickle. The gigantic iPad Pro will have significant competition...

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Rumor Roundup: More questionable reports

Microsoft's pulse-tracking smartwatch rumored to land in time for holidays ahead of Apple Watch (9to5 Mac) Source: "People familiar with the matter" Chance it's true: Oh, it's too good not to be true. So here's the question: will this rumored Microsoft watch be prone to a Red Ring of Death via...

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Rumor Roundup: Stephen Colbert has his work cut out for him

iPhone rumors start out stupid and outlandish in the early part of the yearly cycle. The closer we get to the actual announcement, the less stupid and outlandish they get -- with the notable exception of analysts, who remain stupid and outlandish pretty much forever. The iPad rumor cycle this year...

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Rumor Roundup: Pre/post 2014 iPad event

Well, this is slightly awkward. Due to the vagaries of time zones and schedules and "the real world" and various other bits of whatnot, by the time this Rumor Roundup is published Apple's event will have already taken place. Oh, well. In the grand tradition of all things media, I'm just going to...

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Rumor Roundup: Unannounced Apple product delayed until next year (yes, again)

New Photo Claims to Show 2 GB Elpida RAM Chips for iPad Air 2 (MacRumors) Source: Some website even MacRumors has never heard of before Chance it's true: 50/50 If these chips were shown attached to a logic board, I'd say this rumor was a lock for being true. Presented on their own, however, the...

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Rumor Roundup: Digitimes nonsense factories

Apple sapphire crystal supplier GT Advanced files for bankruptcy (9to5 Mac) Just so we're clear, a company was rumored to provide sapphire screens for the iPhone 6, and those rumors later turned out to be false, and as a direct result, this company has been forced to file for bankruptcy. Tell me...

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Rumor Roundup: Pyre of Fail

Chinese rumor suggests Apple Watch to launch in February, sapphire to blame for low supply (9to5 Mac) Source: Taiwanese media, via Chinese website Chance it's true: 50/50 Here's another entry in the ongoing "Apple Watch launch date bingo" game. Even 9to5 Mac is savvy enough to note that "the...

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