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.
After staying quiet the past few weeks, the Apple rumor mill is erupting like Mt Kilauea with hot rumors about the Apple Watch’s possible launch date, gossip of the iPad mini getting discontinued, and our first iPhone 7 rumors of the year. Step up to the crystal ball and see which of these rumors are the real deal, and which are just pretenders.
The Verdict: Unbelievable. A tablet that's just 7mm thin and has the battery life and horsepower to be an all-day work machine for professionals? That would be an impressive bit of engineering if Apple pulls it off.
The Verdict: Definitely. Apple's goal to replace all the plastic and paper in your wallet is already starting off better than expected, but Apple Pay and Passbook will need to add some new tricks (like Transit Passes and a Loyalty Program) if it wants to be the undisputed king of mobile wallets.
Spring Apple Watch launch
The Rumor: Apple Watch won't launch until Spring.
The Verdict: Probably. Angela Ahrendts told employees that Apple Watch won't hit stores until after Chinese New Year (February 19th). We weren't expecting a January or February launch, but hopefully our wrists will be rocking the Apple Watch before April.
The Verdict: Sounds likely. $500 for a gorgeous stainless steel smartwatch is a pretty decent bargain, especially if you can't swap the bands on the Apple Watch Sport. But $4000 for the gold unit? I hope Apple lets these rich Apple Watch buyers swap out the guts every year, otherwise that $4,000 Apple Watch EDITION will just be a symbol of much you love to blow money.
The Verdict: Too early to tell. Apple invented a new eco-friendly material that could protect Macs from fire damage, but even though Apple's had a few exploding iPhone and iPad incidents, we doubt we'll see this stuff in the Mac within the next 12-18 months. We're still waiting for Apple to make use of its Liquid Metal tech its owned for years.
The Verdict: No way. iPad sales have been struggling lately, but the iPad mini is still the best small tablet on the market, even if it is a gigantic ripoff. Getting rid of the iPad mini so Apple can focus on the 12-inch iPad Pro makes no sense. Apple needs to keep its 7-inch tablet around to cover all sizes.
The Verdict: Say it ain't so Jony. The world doesn't want a 3D display on a smartphone, just ask Amazon. If anyone could pull 3D off, it's Apple, but the only way I see them adding 3D to the iPhone is if it absolutely revolutionizes the iPhone experience, and that just doesn't sound likely.
Apple announced its newest lineup of iPads last week without giving a specific launch date, but if you didn’t get in on the pre-order action you can just go to your local Apple Store and pick up a new unit starting today.
Pre-orders deliveries for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 began earlier today, but Apple retail staff has informed Cult of Mac that stores should receive their first shipments this afternoon, even though most Apple Stores are still waiting for their display units.
Yesterday, Apple unveiled the iPad mini 3, a slightly updated version of the second-gen iPad mini with Retina display. But even though it’s two generations old at this point, Apple still sells the original iPad mini for $249. That makes it the cheapest iPad yet, albeit for good reason: It packs the same A5 chip and other silicon guts that the iPad 2 did way back in March 2011.
That might actually seem like a good deal for consumers, but it’s turning out to be a nightmare for developers who will likely have to support the iPad mini until 2017.