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Beats just launched a legal assault against Chinese copy cats earlier this month, but it looks like the company just got hit with a legal bomb for copying another headphone maker itself.
Bose Corporation has filed a lawsuit against Beats for allegedly infringing on the company’s noise-canceling patents, according to CNBC’s Josh Lipton.
We've got eight juicy new rumors waiting for you behind the crystal ball.
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
This week's rumor roundup comes with juicy tidbits like a glowing Apple logo that may land on the back of the iPhone 6, as well as a 4k iMac that could be making its way down the Apple product pipeline.
Of course with iPhone rumor season being in full swing we've also got new leaked parts, launch rumors, and details on Apple's secret plan to turn your iPhone into a wallet. Slide your way up to the crystal ball to see which of these rumors are the real deal, and which are just a bunch of smoke and mirrors.
Introducting the iPad mini Air ®™
The Rumor: The iPad mini 3 will be 30% thinner than its predecessor.
The Verdict: Unbelievable. Jony Ive will have to work some impressive sorcery if the tiny iPad mini is really going to drop 30% off its 0.29 inches of thickness.
UDN reports Apple might even slap the Air moniker onto the iPad mini line once it drops a few ounces, but you must be huffing more glue than Charlie Sheen if you think the iPad mini Air could ever be a real Apple product name.
4k iMacs and Thunderbolt Displays
The Rumor: Retina 4k iMacs or a stand alone 4k monitor is in the Apple product pipeline.
The Verdict: Sounds like a safe prediction. We’ve heard that a Retina iMac is in the works for a while now, but 9to5Mac says it will really just be a 4k iMac (or monitor) because tech for pixel doubling the iMac’s current resolution isn't quite ready for prime time.
Delays with the 12-inch MacBook Air
The Rumor: The 12-inch MacBook Air has been pushed back to Q3 or early 2015.
The Verdict: Its definitely not coming soon, but we will probably see it unveiled this year. UDN claims Intel chips that are supposed to make their way into Apple's next-gen MacBooks won’t be ready in time for a fall launch, which matches previous reports on the Haswell CPUs.
Apple needs to make at least one solid update to the iMac or MacBook this year and a super thin, 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display would be huge. Even if Apple doesn’t have enough supply ready for the holidays, it wouldn’t be surprising if they announce it at the end of the year to top off the best pipeline of the last 25 years.
The Rumor: Lightning cables for the iPhone 6 have leaked.
The Verdict:: It’s not an exciting leak, but it’s most likely the real deal and indicates that the Apple production machine is in full swing, just in time to complete those orders for enough components to make 80 million iPhone 6s.
Swiss watch makers helping on iWatch
The Rumor: Apple is partnering with Swatch and others to create a variety of different iWatches.
The Verdict: Not happening. Swatch made a point to squash Venture Beat’s ridiculous rumor within 12 hours. That doesn’t mean Apple couldn’t be working with other partners, but after poaching so many high-level Swiss watch executives, they don’t need to make the exact same play as Google did with Android Wear.
Apple doesn't want iPhones to compete against each other
The Rumor: The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones will launch months apart to avoid competing against each other.
The Verdict: The iPhablet will come late, but not to avoid the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. DigiTimes claims production problems aren’t to blame for the 5.5-inch iPhone’s delay, but that Apple is afraid selling both at the same time, like it did with the 5s and 5c, will hurt sales.
The only thing that will hurt iPhone sales is not having enough inventory. If Apple doesn’t at least announce both iPhones at the same event - with the caveat that the 5.5-inch won’t be available for a few months - fanboys will be up in arms to see their screen size obsoleted without notice just three months later.
iPhone gets glowing Apple logo
The Rumor: Leaked rear shell confirms iPhone 6 will have glowing Apple logo.
The Verdict: Don’t get your hopes up. The possibility of a pulsating Apple logo that announces Apple fanboys’ presence to one another has got a lot of people excited, but it’s just as likely that Apple has made adjustments to the rear shell so that radio waves pass to the antenna easier.
uSwitch also thinks the clear plastic logo could be used for different colored notifications, but isn’t that a little too superfluous for Apple’s tastes when the iPhone already has a rear flash that can be used for notifications.?
EasyPay hits retail
The Rumor: The mobile payments solution Apple’s been working on for years will debut in the iPhone 6.
The Verdict: The odds look promising. TouchID gives Apple a killer advantage towards turning your iPhone into a wallet, and unlike the failed Google Wallet, Apple supposedly has figured out how to cut the carriers involvement out of the entire process so they can't block it.
Tim Cook told investors he’s happy with Apple’s trade-in program and other used iPhone sales, and it turns out so is eBay.
In the last 12 months nearly $2 billion worth of Apple devices, ranging from iPhones, iPads, and old Macs, have been sold on eBay’s store, according to data obtained by Computer World, and just like Apple’s own sales, the iPhone brought in most of a money on eBay too.
Late night show host and habitual Apple-prankster, Jimmy Kimmel, toasted Apple’s successful earnings report last night with a hilarious iWatch prank that shows just how deliciously potent the Apple Kool-Aid really is.
After tossing in a few jabs at the iPhone 6’s bloating screen size, Kimmel took to the streets to see if Apple fans love for the brand would magically turn a cheap calculator watch into the Apple iTime smartwatch.
If you thought people wouldn’t be fooled by a $20 Casio watch with an Apple sticker on the back, especially after Kimmel has already pulled this prank like 37 times, you’re wrong.
OS X 10.10 Yosemite is gorgeous. It’s the biggest visual overhaul to come to OS X since Aqua, which has caused a rush of Apple fanboys – including our own Leander Kahney - to jump the gun and install the buttery smooth interface on every Mac in sight.
Playing around with Apple’s newest software is a true tech delight, but it can also come with some horrific consequences if you install it as your main OS, as most apps still aren’t optimized for the update. However, unlike iOS 8 there’s a safe way to install it without ruining your Mac until the final version is ready.
Here’s how to install the Yosemite beta in the most responsible way possible:
Nearly two months after Apple announced it would release a public beta of OS X Yosemite, participants are finally getting their download notifications, allowing non-developers to access the new Mac operating system for the first time ever.
The initial public beta is the exact same build that’s currently being tested by registered developers, but Apple is giving 1 million people access to OS X Yosemite on a first-to-sign-up basis.
Instagram has accidentally leaked that it’s planning to launch a thunder strike against Snapchat with a new “one tap photo messaging” app of its own called Bolt.
A banner announcing the new messaging app was accidentally posted for some users on Android to see last night, but was taken down about 15 minutes after it appeared. The Free link button on the banner directed users to the Google Play Store, but the page was not available.
Rumors that Apple might bring fun faces to the iWatch thanks to a partnership with Swatch have already been shot down, after the Swiss watchmaker denied a report claiming it and other watchmakers were helping Apple create a diverse lineup of smartwatches.
A report from Venture beat on Wednesday claimed Swatch, Timex and possibly others, were secretly helping Apple make a whole set of iWatches for all tastes geek to chic, but it appears that Apple is definitely making the iWatch all on its own.
Merek Davis is not a coder. The developer never even made an app before 2013. Yet on his first iOS at-bat, he hit an App Store grand slam with Mextures, his photo-editing app that quickly became one of the top photo apps of the year.
Mextures is like Photoshop for your iPhone, only easier to use. The app’s editing tools and formulas let you tweak and re-tweak pics, adding light leaks, textures and color gradients that can turn even your crappiest pics into something majestic.
It’s a bona fide hit, with some of the most-followed names on Instagram using Davis’ creation. But it almost never happened.
We’ve been waiting all year for Apple to finally reveal its long-rumored wearable creation, but if the big iWatch event ever does happen this year, we might be getting a lot more smartwatches than expected.
Swatch and other watch makers will supposedly team up with Apple to bring a variety of stylish iWatches to consumers, according to a rumor from VentureBeat, that claims Cupertino wants to partner with companies in the watch business to expand the smart watches’ appeal.