iPad Air rumors are blowing up ahead of next week's event...
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The invites are out for Apple's event on October 16th with the rumormill yelling that new iPad Airs are on the way, but could Apple have a few other surprises in store? The return of colored iMacs has been suggested by one of Apple's top bloggers, while others are predicting an iPad that will run both OS X and iOS. Check out this week's servings of Apple rumors and see what our crystal ball is predicting for next week.
Goodbye mute switch
The Rumor: The iPad Air's mute switch will disappear next week.
The Verdict: I hope so. I use the mute switch all the time on my iPhone 6 Plus, but it never seems to get any use on the iPad, other than when I accidentally toggle it when flipping to landscape mode, and it gives Jony an excuse to shave an extra 0.5mm off the body, I'm sure he'll kill it quicker than he can pronounce aluminum.
iPad Air to get Retina HD?
The Rumor: iPad Air 2 will get a Retina HD screen to match iPhone 6 Plus?
The Verdict: The evidence in iOS 8.1 beta 2 looks convincing that Apple plans to increase the iPad's resolution sometime in the future. There haven't been any rumors of iPad display going Super Retina though, so don't get your hopes up that you'll see it next week.
iPad Air's 2GB of RAM spotted
The Rumor: The iPad Air's 2GB of RAM have been spotted in the wild.The Verdict: Sounds likely. Geekbar managed to get their hands on a number iPhone 6 parts before its announcement last month. Now they claim they've got a shot of the 2GB RAM chips destined for the iPad Air 2, and we're hoping it's legit because the iPad needs a performance boost to separate it from the 6 Plus.
Big iPad faces small delay
The Rumor: Production on Apple's 12-inch iPad has been delayed because of iPhone 6 Plus popularity.
The Verdict: We believe it. People are surprised how popular the 6 Plus has been, even though the phablet trend has been ready breakout for the last year.
Foxconn was originally only churning out one 6 Plus unit for every four iPhone 6 units it made, but that's surely changed by now. The 6 Plus is harder to make, but brings in more money. With the 12-inch iPad launch date not even revealed to the public yet, it would be stupid of Apple not to throw as many production resources as it can at its biggest money maker of 2014.
The OS X iPad
The Rumor: Apple's 12-inch iPad will run both OS X and iOS.
The Verdict: Not happening. Tim Cook has made fun of the Surface tablets plenty, likening them to the creation of a toaster-refrigerator hybrid. Swapping between operating systems on Mac is a pain. On a tablet it would still be a pain, and it wouldn't really solve anything. Plus, Apple would have to create a touch version of OS X.
The most likely scenario is that the 12-inch iPad runs a version of iOS 8 that has exclusive features like dual-window and other tools for the big screen that make it a better productivity machine than the tinier iPads.
The return of colorful Macs
The Rumor: Apple's keynote slogan points to the return of Mac hardware in a variety of colors.
The Verdict: Please Jobs, let John Gruber's wild prediction be true. It'd be awesome.
Apple's product lineup has gotten more colorful over the past few years with the addition of colored iPod Touches and the gold iPhone - which was 2013's surprise hit. Maybe Apple's clued in that consumers wouldn't mind color options other than brushed aluminum. Colorful Mac Pros or anodized iMacs would bring back some of Apple's iconic fashion and personalization from the old days, but what I want most is to see the resurrection of the Black MacBook.