Crystal Baller: Killing the headphone jack and other stupid Apple rumors


This week's top Apple rumors

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WWDC kept the Apple universe incredibly busy with a slew of new operating systems, thousands of APIs and an entirely new coding language to boot, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from churning out a delicious lineup of juicy rumors.

This week we've heard everything from the typical "Apple really is making a big iPhone" to the more insane ideas like "Apple is killing the headphone jack on all products." Step right up and dive into the details with us as we figure out which rumors to trust and which belong on the Island of Misfits.

Retina iMacs on the way says Yosemite

The Rumor: Retina iMacs really are on the way soon, according to some info in Apple's new Xcode 6 program.

The Verdict: Looks promising. WWDC came and went without a single hardware announcement, meaning Apple has gone over 8 months without a significant new product. Based on code found in the Yosemite beta, it looks like we won't have to wait much longer for sharper iMacs to land on our desks, thanks to a file that lists scaled-up resolutions for such a display. The structure of the list is identical to resolution listings for the Retina MacBook Pro, making this rumor feel more like a sure-thing now.

What do we know about the iWatch?

Everyone and their brother (if their brother’s Steve Wozniak) is excited about the possibility of Apple’s iWatch — the first bona fide new product line launched under the watch (no pun intended) of Tim Cook.

So far, definitive details about Apple’s debut in the wearables market have been few and far between. Everyone’s banking on a massive winner, but just what do we know — or think we know — about Apple’s first smartwatch? Scroll through the gallery to find out.

Photo: Todd Hamilton

Xcode leaks bigger iPhones?

The Rumor: Xcode 6 hints that bigger iPhones are coming out soon thanks to its resizable iOS simulator tool.

The Verdict: It's only a matter of time. Apple rarely tells developers when a new product is coming out, but there's usually clues hiding out in new software dished to WWDC attendees every year. At this point, we're probably only 2-3 months away from the big iPhone 6 announcement. I wonder what other clues will be discovered before then.

Will the real Federighi please stand up?

The Rumor: Apple's chief of software Craig Federighi joined Twitter just before WWDC with the new @Craig_Apple handle.

The Verdict:Don't be fooled. After CNBC tweeted that they confirmed with Apple the account really is Craig's, we did a little digging of our own and concluded there's just no way any Apple SVP would be tweeting the stuff the account was spiting out, even though we really wish it were him.

Federighi was the fan favorite at WWDC this year, with lines for pictures with him wrapping around the conference center. He's got the sharp wit and charm to kill it on Twitter, unfortunately, Craig himself has verified it's not his account.

The death of the headphone jack?

The Rumor: Apple is going to kill the headphone jack in favor of Lightning connected headphones.

The Verdict: You're kidding right? Forbes writer Gordon Kelly laid out his argument why the headphone jack is going to get axed after seeing Apple's MFi specifications for headphones using the Lighting port.

Apple's never been afraid to kill old tech, but there's not a single Lightning cable headphone set on the market yet. How's Apple going to placate millions of unhappy customers who now have to go buy Lightning headphones?

According to Gordon, Apple will just sell everyone an expensive Lightning port to 3.5mm headphone adapter, which isn't totally unprecedented, but there's a huge difference between swapping a proprietary port for another (30 Pin for Lightning) and ditching the world's most popular audiojack. Ditching the headphone jack in the next two years is about as likely as Apple releasing a hologram iPad next year - not gonna happen.