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Rumor Roundup: Tie a ribbon cable 'round the old oak tree

iPhone 6 mockups are a 'rough approximation' according to report, claims antenna design will differ signifcantly (9to5 Mac) An Asian publication cites "supply chain sources" who claim that the iPhone 6 mockups seen thus far aren't accurate representations of what will launch. This story just...

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Rumor Roundup: 'Next week'

New, cheaper, iPod touch model rumored to launch next week (9to5 Mac) I'm only reposting this one from last time because all the rumor blogs were so convinced this iPod touch model would launch "next week" when it in fact launched within 24 hours of this rumor breaking. The only surprise here is...

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Rumor Roundup: 'Not always the most reliable of sources'

Apple rumored to improve durability of new Touch ID hardware in 2014 iPhones, iPads (AppleInsider) The source for this claim is, of course, some Asian publication which, of course, offers absolutely no evidence for its claims. In other words, one of the four food groups for rumor bloggers. Next...

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Rumor Roundup: You don't know jack

Apple now has two sapphire plants for the upcoming iPhone 6 (BGR) The source for this is, of course, some analyst. And the original article -- or at least as much of it as I was able to read before an irritating paywall nag window got in my way -- didn't mention the iPhone 6 at all. WSJ: Apple...

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Rumor Roundup: Dummy unit

IPHONE 6 LEAK: This may be our best look yet at the space gray iPhone 6 (BGR) From the article: "The iPhone 6 leak bonanza continues, as two more dummy iPhone 6 units have been photographed in the wild." That's not the only dummy unit that's been seen in the wild. There has been no "iPhone leak...

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Rumor Roundup: Deja vu toujours

Spoiler alert: there is nothing remotely resembling real news to be had in the world of Apple rumors so far this week. Not unless you consider dreck from "analysts" and iPhone mockups to be real news. And if you do, you're probably one of the half-dozen rumor bloggers who hate-reads this column...

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Rumor Roundup: Some assembly required

iOS 8 code shows iPad split-screen, Maps transit in the works; Health interface changed late in development (9to5 Mac) Summary of this article: "Here are 1000 words worth of excuses for why we've whiffed on so many rumors in 2014." Rumor: NFC, wireless charging, improved LTE slated for iPhone 6...

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Rumor Roundup: Post-WWDC rumor retrospective

First we'll open with the new, dumb rumors. Then, we'll review the dumb rumors of months past which failed to come true during WWDC. New and dumb Evidence of Upcoming Retina iMacs Showing Up in OS X Yosemite Beta (MacRumors) Remember when this French website got a story about upcoming,...

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Rumor Roundup: Summer child

Another WWDC has come and gone, which inevitably means many stupid Apple rumors got proven wrong. We've looked at a couple of them for this roundup, and we'll see what we can dig up from the archives next time. Alleged OS X 10.10 with Control Center, Visual Tweaks, and More Shown in Blurry Photos...

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Rumor Roundup: Pre-WWDC jitters

By the time this is published, WWDC will be upon us. Strangely, most of the rumors over the past few days have had nothing to do with WWDC at all; they're instead focused farther in the future, and often on products or services that are totally unconfirmed. As for WWDC itself, iOS 8 and OS X...

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Rumor Roundup: New iMacs definitely (not) coming at WWDC

Report: Apple planning iOS-controlled smart home automation platform for WWDC unveiling (9to5 Mac) People love to make unsubstantiated claims like these immediately before Apple's events. Almost none of them ever come to pass, which sends the tech press into full-on spastic mode, accusing Apple...

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Rumor Roundup: A neutron star of newslessness

Apple Preparing iOS 7.1.2 Update, Likely Addressing Email Encryption and iMessage Issues (MacRumors) As Apple rumors go, this one is relatively tame and mundane. That means it's far more likely to be true. How the iPhone 6 and iPhone phablet compare to current flagships from Apple and Samsung...

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Rumor Roundup: Recycling

Two of the rumors in this roundup are repeats from 2013. And 2012. And 2011. I'm all for environmentally-responsible recycling, but this seems excessive. Apple in talks with Samsung to settle all future patent disputes out of court (9to5 Mac) Too bad this report was shot to pieces not even a day...

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Rumor Roundup: 'Sketchy'

After a storm of iPhone rumors last week, the past few days have been relatively calm. Perhaps the wealth of actual news in the form of the 10.9.3 update and Apple + Google's agreement to end their patent war temporarily distracted everyone from the typical dog-and-pony show of nonsense. There...

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Former eMusic CEO gives his take on rumored Apple/Beats deal

Former eMusic CEO Adam Klein took to Bloomberg last week to give his take on the rumored Apple/Beats Electronics acquisition. Echoing what many industry watchers have speculated, Klein believes that the proposed deal has everything to do with Beats' new streaming service, which is essentially...

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