Rumor Roundup: Comprehensive Analysis of Recent Failures

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

Adding to the speculation around the Apple Watch’s release, 9to5 Mac points out that the real challenge for Apple isn’t component scarcity but rather the completion of their product’s software and hardware development.

As such, this kind of speculation should be taken with caution.

New report claims to reveal release date for iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay (BGR)

Source: “People familiar with the matter”

Chance it’s true: 50/50

Considering a subsequent report by a highly credible source that Apple plans a significant event on October 16, the suggested date seems plausible.

Apple Asks the Music Labels for a Price Cut on Streaming Subscriptions (re/code)

Source: “People familiar with the matter”

Chance it’s true: 100 percent

Re/code has consistently provided reliable information regarding Apple, and now they report that Apple is negotiating with music labels to lower the costs of their streaming services to under $10 a month, a rate significantly less than the cost of a single album.

Digitimes says iPhone 6 Plus accounting for 60% of iPhone 6 shipments, but usage stats suggest otherwise (9to5 Mac)

Source: Digitimes

Chance it’s true: Zeeeeeeeeero.

Digitimes is often criticized for its inaccurate predictions, and this instance is no exception, with 9to5 Mac challenging their claim about iPhone 6 Plus shipments.

Apple to Hold iPad Event on October 16 (re/code)

Source: “People familiar with the matter”

Chance it’s true: 100 percent

Re/code’s track record for Apple news is nearly flawless.

John Paczkowski’s reports are highly credible, and despite no official confirmation from Apple yet, the lack of denials from trusted sources like Jim Dalrymple of The Loop makes this rumor quite believable.

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