Rumor Roundup: Indulging in Excess and Enjoying It Too

Amidst the usual weekly clutter, a few rumors have emerged that merit genuine attention. In contrast, CNET has arguably penned the least insightful Apple-related article of the year, though it’s still early days in 2014.

Apple to begin in-store iPhone 5c screen repairs next week (9to5 Mac)

Often, 9to5 Mac merely echoes unfounded speculations from various analysts or Asian tech outlets, making it no different from other rumor mills. However, when it engages in thorough journalism by verifying facts and sourcing information directly, it stands out as a credible source.

Given its perfect track record with originally sourced rumors in 2013, I’m inclined to trust these reports unless proven otherwise.

12.9-inch iPad reportedly won’t launch before late Q3 (BGR; also reblogged by MacRumors)

At the other end of the spectrum lies the latest misinformation from Digitimes, which BGR and MacRumors continue to propagate despite Digitimes’ notoriously unreliable track record. They no longer even offer a token “sometimes reliable” disclaimer.

Apple continues hiring raid on medical sensor field as it develops eye scanning technology (9to5 Mac)

9to5 Mac reports that Apple is aggressively recruiting experts in biomedical sensor technology, suggesting a possible focus on the rumored iWatch.

If these hires are just happening now, it could indicate further delays in the product’s launch.

The iPhone 6 won’t wow: 6 reasons why (CNET)

This article could have been more aptly titled, “Six reasons to disregard CNET’s Apple coverage.”

CNET’s author speculates, “There might never be an iPhone 6… or if there is, it will be a letdown.” This is akin to trying to have your cake and eat it too.

Let’s examine the shaky foundations of CNET’s argument:

“1. iOS is stale.” This critique might have been valid before the introduction of iOS 7, which was the most significant overhaul since its inception, rendering this point moot.

“2. Samsung and Android are thriving.” This is a recurring theme where Android’s success spells doom for Apple. However, actual sales figures paint a different picture.

“3.

Apple under Tim Cook is different.” This implies that Steve Jobs would never have approved of any post-2011 Apple products. Yet, Tim Cook’s decisions are either seen as pre-planned by Jobs or as blunders that Jobs would have avoided. CNET points to the iPad mini as a deviation from Jobs’ vision, ignoring the fact that Jobs often reversed his stances on key issues, including major products like the iPhone and iPad.

“4. Young people don’t find Apple cool anymore.” This is based on a single marketing study, which also claimed that Windows Phone was gaining popularity among teens—a dubious assertion at best.

“5.

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