Rumors

Vector 20: Mark Gurman on wrangling rumors

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac talks to Rene about the unusual nature of the Retina iPad mini launch, the role of rumor sites, and where Apple might be going next.

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Tim Cook addresses rumors about Apple cutting orders, tells Wall Street to smarten the hell up

While not specifically calling out the Wall Street Journal and Reuters for the lousy jobs they did reporting on supposed iPhone display order cuts and iPad display production halts respectively, Tim Cook went out of his way during Apple's Q1 2013 conference call to address supply-chain stories in general.

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Apple reportedly halting iPad retina displays production at Sharp

Last weekend it was iPhone 5 displays, now it's iPad 4 displays, and just as before, we have a sensational headline attributed to a couple of anonymous sources, with only the most superficial context and analysis provided far, far below in the body. This time, according to Reuters, production of iPad 4 displays at Sharp is being kept at levels only sufficient to keep the line running. However:

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Apple reportedly orders 10 million iPad mini’s ready for fourth quarter release

Apple has reportedly placed orders for around 10 million iPad mini tablets according to The Wall Street Journal. The information on the huge order quantity number comes from various Apple supply chain vendors in the Asia region who claim to have received orders specifically for the iPad mini

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iPhone 5 only a day away, even Best Buy reportedly getting ready...

If these pictures are accurate, and we're being flooded by so many tips this week it's getting harder and hared to parse, it seems like everyone and their biggest big box chain are getting ready for iPhone 5 tomorrow. These come by way of a Mobile Nations source, and, yes, the box clearly says iPhone 5, but who knows if that's an official name or just an in-store place-holder Best Buy is using?

One more picture below. We'll find out for sure when Tim Cook and co. take the stage.

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AirPlay direct rumored to be coming to iOS 6, iPhone 5

AirPlay currently requires an existing Wi-Fi network in order to stream media or mirror content from an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac to an Apple TV or speaker system. This makes it more cumbersome for non-technical users, and less convenient for temporary situations like guests or traveling. Something like Wi-Fi direct, which would allow device-to-device connections would be a simpler solution.

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Apple rumored to be considering investment in Twitter

Apple is rumored to be considering a rather large investment in the popular social network, Twitter. The investment would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and could push Twitter from an $8.5 billion valuation to $10. Evelyn M. Rusli and Nick Bilton, writing for the The New York Times, report:

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Slumping sales of current iPhone touch panel supplier could point to new in-cell panels for iPhone 5

A new analyst report has revealed that Wintek, the current supply chain partner for Apple’s touch panels is experiencing a steep decline in sales. The report states that Wintek has experienced one of its steepest declines on record. The report also states that the decline is certainly not down to poor demand for Apple products but more likely a sign that Apple has changed technology for its panels.

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Supposed iPhone 5 metal back hands-on video surfaces, matches previously leaked pictures

A video has surfaced today that claims to show off the iPhone 5 metal back and casing. The casing shown off in the video does appear to exactly match last weeks leaked photographs which showed a raft of changes from the iPhone 4S design.

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Steve Jobs wanted to create an iCar according to current Apple board member

According to J. Crew CEO and current Apple board member, Mickey Drexler, Steve Jobs didn’t just want to re-invent the personal computer, mobile phone, and music industry -- he also wanted to take a stab at the car industry too. In an interview at Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored conference earlier this week, Drexler said that Steve Jobs wanted to build... an iCar.

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