This week's top Apple rumors
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Is this the iPhone 6's backlight panel?
The Rumor: Images of an alleged backlight panel for the iPhone 6 leaked on Weibo yesterday with the user behind them claiming they're for a 4.7-inch device.
The panels don't offer new clues about design changes coming to the iPhone 6, but they do match the structure and design of the iPhone 5s/5c back light panels. Considering all the other recent leaks coming out of Weibo, it's very possible this the real deal.
Seoul, start your photocopiers
The Rumor: Samsung is hard at work trying to copy Apple's Sapphire glass display on the unannounced iPhone 6.
The Verdict: This is an early nominee for least surprising rumor of the year ETNews cites industry sources with inside knowledge on Samsung's meetings with manufactures, but we could've called it as soon we saw the Gold S5 with a fingerprint scanner. Or their Smart Case. Or their Chromebox. Or... you get the point.
The Apple Store is getting a facelift?
The Rumor: Angela Ahrendts is only three weeks into her reign at Apple but rumors claim she's already outlined a plan that will completely revamp the end-to-end Apple Store experience.
The Verdict: The shift from computers to wearables is the perfect time for the ex-Burberry CEO to shake things up at Apple's glass and aluminum shrines, I just hope she gets rid of the annoying musical chairs-style support at the Genius Bar while she's at it.
The NFC rumors won't die
The Rumor: Chase Morgan analyst Craig Hettenbach says NFC is finally coming to the iPhone 6 because Apple needs a backbone for its rumored mobile payments service.
The Verdict: Craig obviously didn't read my inaugural Crystal Baller post or he'd know the "possible licensing deals" and "patent filings" he cited in his report as evidence are about as worthless at predicting Apple's future as consulting a flea market gypsy with a magical third nipple. It's all about the iBeacons.
Jimmy Iovine will be Apple's video man
The Rumor: Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson says the Apple-Beats deal is all about video, with Tim Cook planning to tap Iovine to run Apple's content empire and secure deals for a new Apple TV.
The Verdict: Isaacson has pounding the "Jobs cracked the TV" drum for the past three years without a single wisp of an update coming from Cupertino. Apple doesn't need Iovine for hardware, but with talks of negotiations with studios dragging back to 2012, Iovine's connections could be just what it needs to finally take off, if they don't cancel the deal entirely.
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