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Rumor Roundup: Making something from nothing

Jony Ive disappears from Apple's online executive list (Update 2x: Back, PR comment) (9to5 Mac) This is an all-time classic example of rumor blogs trying to make something out of absolutely nothing. Design guru Jony Ive temporarily disappeared from the executive list on Apple's website, and the...

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The best (and worst) iWatch concepts

Apple might possibly launch a wrist-wearable smart device this year that could maybe be fitness and health focused, but that's about as much as anyone cares to guess at this point. The almost complete lack of verifiable information regarding the device -- which has been unanimously tagged the...

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Rumor Roundup: 'The near future'

Apple's New Vision for Apple TV 'Less Ambitious' Than Before (MacRumors) The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has "scaled back" its plans for the next-gen Apple TV because of failed negotiations with cable companies. There is, of course, no way for us to know for certain that Apple's plans...

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Rumor Roundup: Contradictions are contraindicated

Multiple instances of publications contradicting one another, and sometimes even themselves? That would get writers fired relatively quickly in any other field, but it's pretty much par for the course when it comes to Apple rumors. New Apple TV hardware references already appearing in iOS 7...

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How to photograph a leaked Apple product

So you got your hands on an unreleased Apple product -- maybe even a prototype (oooooooh, yummy) -- and you want to let the whole damn world know about it? Good news! There's a tool that people like you often use to share their good fortune with the rest of the world, and it's called "The...

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Rumor Roundup: A matter of time

The iWatch was just about all anyone could talk about this week. Expect many more weeks like this one. Why a health-focused iWatch won't kill smartwatches like the iPod killed audio players (TechHive) Hey, let's speculate on why an unreleased Apple product won't upend an industry that's not even...

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Rumor Roundup: Prototypical

Several rumors from legitimately reliable sources have now come out with information about the iWatch that doesn't sound like completely pie-in-the-sky nonsense. This was so shocking I thought I might be having heart palpitations. There was no way for me to tell for certain, however, because I...

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Rumor Roundup: Still doomed after all these years

The days following Apple's earnings announcements are always chockablock with the very worst "analysis" that money can buy. I chose to steer clear of most of it, because there's only so many times I can bang my head against the desk before I start to worry about the desk. Rumor: Apple lining up...

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Rumor Roundup: Non-zero chance

The Wall Street Journal awoke from its long slumber and squeezed out not just one, but two Apple rumors this week. Oblivious to the fact that the Journal hasn't gotten a months-in-advance rumor correct in a very long time, the various rumor blogs were all too willing to re-post the Journal's...

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Rumor Roundup: Non-story story

Today's Zen koan: If an analyst predicts a 4.9-inch display for the iPhone 6, and there's no one around to reblog his claims without a second's hesitation, is Apple still doomed? Analysts estimate Apple sold 55.3M iPhones last quarter, up 16 percent (9to5 Mac; also reblogged by MacRumors,...

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Rumor Roundup: Having your cake and smearing it all over your face, too

Alongside the usual weekly dross are a couple of rumors that are finally worth taking seriously. Meanwhile, CNET manages to write the dumbest thing written about Apple all year. Don't worry, though. 2014 is still young. Apple to begin in-store iPhone 5c screen repairs next week (9to5 Mac) When...

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Rumor Roundup: Farming the oceans, the Moon, and Antarctica

Apple rumor drinking game: Every time some rumor blog passes on baseless speculation from some analyst or unsourced nonsense from an Asian tech publication, take a sip. If the source is Gene Munster, Peter Misek, Brian White, or Ming-Chi Kuo, take three sips. If the source is Digitimes, finish...

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Rumor Roundup: Zero revolutionary devices

iPhone 6 Rear Camera to Retain 8-Megapixel Sensor, Offer Improved Image Stabilization? (MacRumors; also covered by 9to5 Mac, BGR) From the article: "The report cites analysts from Nomura Securities" - and we all know how "accurate" these analysts are when it comes to Apple. Also, check this out:...

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Rumor Roundup: Broken resolution

The linkbait and breathless re-posting of poorly-sourced nonsense continues apace, with at least two articles claiming to have knowledge (and photos!) of a phone that probably isn't even being built in factories yet. New iPhone 6 details possibly revealed! (BGR) A South Korean publication claims...

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2013 Rumor Retrospective: 'All the leaks were...'

I've been writing Rumor Roundups for nearly two years now. In all that time, only two writers from sites featured in the Roundup have ever contacted me directly: In mid-2012, Rene Ritchie of iMore contacted me once to (correctly) point out a regrettable inaccuracy I'd written about one of his...

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