Ever since the release of the PowerBook G4, and with the exception of the plastic models, Apple has exclusively released its MacBook laptops in aluminum gray. But according to a new rumor, that may not last much longer: When Apple debuts the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina Display next year, it could come in two new colors: space gray and gold.
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Many people routinely avoid spoilers for TV shows and movies, but some also steer clear of clues about Apple’s upcoming product announcements.
Next Tuesday, Apple is expected to reveal two new iPhones and an iWatch. While the long-rumored wearable remains shrouded in mystery, many details of the next-gen iPhones are all but confirmed, thanks to an avalanche of rumor reports and parts leaks. So comprehensive are the leaks, some have even managed to build a working iPhone 6 from parts — and the device is still weeks away from shipping to customers.
But some Apple fans remain blissfully ignorant of the details.
The iPhone 6 invites are out, but which rumors are true…
Apple made its iPhone 6 announcement official this week by sending invitations to an event on September 9th, but that's not going to stop the rumor mill from churning out new juicy tidbits of Apple gossip.
This week we’re back behind our crystal ball trying to divine the true meaning of the Apple universe and its endless rumors. Will NFC really land on the iPhone 6? Is a gigantic 13-inch iPad coming soon? And is the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 really just a ghost toying with our appetite for more pixels?
Step up to the crystal ball and see past the rumors and into the future…
Some iWatch with your iPhone 6
The Rumor: Apple will reveal its first wearable at next month’s iPhone event.
The Verdict: This rumor is so accurate, you could set your watch to it. Recode’s John Paczkowski, who reported the iWatch’s inclusion in iPhone event, has phenomenal Apple sources. He nailed the September 9th event months in advance, so you can trust that Apple’s first wearable will at least get some time in the spotlight at the Flint Center, even if the wide release doesn’t happen until a few months later.
Giant iPads coming soon
The Rumor: A 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be revealed at the beginning of 2015.
The Verdict: This is starting to sound believable. Apple could use a tablet aimed specifically an enterprise and people who think more inches would allow them to get work done. My only problem with the 12.9-inch iPad is that it’s just not big enough. 12inches? Jony, let’s stretch that thing out to 32-inches and toss a TV antenna inside so I can throw some double sided tape on the back and mount it to my living room wall.
Changing the charger
The Rumor: The iPhone 6 5-watt charger is getting a redesign.
The Verdict: Looks promising. Apple is redesigning its USB cables to be reversible, so why not throw some design love at its tiny charger. The leaked images we’ve seen look just like the charger Apple uses in the Australia, only with US prongs.
MacBooks go on a diet
The Rumor: The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro will retire at the end of 2014 to make way for thinner MacBooks.
The Verdict: Too early to tell. We’ve heard rumblings of new MacBooks designs on the way, and Apple still has an October event where they could introduce them, but it’s hard to believe Apple’s doing away with the 13-inched entirely, unless that 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is finally ready for primetime.
Barometer coming to iPhone 6
The Rumor: A barometric pressure sensor called “Phosphorus” will land on the iPhone 6.
The Verdict: Seems likely. The info comes courtesy of GeekBar which leaked a couple of wiring schematics last week. Android smartphones have used barometers since 2011, so it seems like something Apple would eventually start using too.
NFC payments hit the big time
The Rumor: The iPhone 6 will use NFC as the key piece of its mobile payments platform.
The Verdict: 2014 will the year the iPhone gets NFC. Apple prefers the battery performance of Bluetooth LE, but we’ve heard whispers that Apple needs NFC because it has better security when two devices shake hands. The NFC rumor has come and gone too many times for fans to get their hopes but, but even Gruber thinks NFC is coming to the iPhone, and also the iWatch.
5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be MIA on Sept. 9th
The Rumor: The first iPhablet won’t make an appearance at Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement.
The Verdict: Possibly not. There have been almost zero hardware leaks that hint at production ramping up. Countless rumors have claimed production issues have set the device back. The device will be like the iPhone and iPad’s incestuous cousin, so maybe it’d make more sense to announce it at the iPad event anyway, if the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is even a real device at all.
A hot stew of Apple rumors has been boiling all week…
The iPhone 6’s official unveiling is less than a month away, and even though we pretty much know what it’s going to look like, the rumor mill hasn’t let up on new details that could make their way into the iPhone 6.
Once again, we’re donning our finest gypsy apparel and stepping behind the crystal ball to divine the truth behind this week’s most plausible and impossible rumors to see if NFC really is coming to the iPhone, whether the iPad Air 2 will get a RAM upgrade, and if it’s true that iWatch is too hopelessly behind to launch in 2014.
Come stare into our crystal ball to see past the rumors and into the future…
Partially assembled iPhone 6
The Rumor: This partially assembled iPhone 6 is the best glimpse we’ve seen of the new device.
The Verdict: True. Feld and Volk shared images of an assembled front panel and rear shell this week that show pretty much exactly what Tim Cook will announce next month: a curvy iPhone with big display, recessed volume buttons, tweaked speaker holes, and a sapphire glass display.
iPad Air 2 gets 2GB of RAM
iPhone 6 gets beefed up storage
The Rumor: The iPhone 6 will get up to 128GB of storage.
The Verdict: Believe it. Leaked schematics point to this being the year that Apple beefs up physical storage on the iPhone, and with NAND Flash modules being so cheap, adding a lot extra storage is the least Apple can do this year if sapphire displays are delayed until 2015.
5.5-inch rear shell leaks
The Rumor: These are photos of the 5.5-inch iPhone’s rear shell.
The Verdict: Finally. We’ve been inundated with leaked parts for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 all summer, but BestTechInfo got their hands on the first 5.5-inch shell we’ve seen. It looks like it’s now safe again to believe the iPhablet will land in 2014.
50% faster LTE speeds coming this fall
The Rumor: iPhone 6 will use Qualcomm’s MDM9625 for 50% LTE speeds.
The Verdict: Most likely. The guys at GeekBar claim the iPhone 6 won’t support LTE Category 6 like previous rumors suggested, but it will still get an LTE speed boost, topping out at 150Mbps, instead of the super-fast 300Mbps some fans were hoping for.
iWatch is too far behind schedule
The Rumor: iWatch is running too late for a 2014 launch
The Verdict: Too early to tell. Ming-Chi Kuo reiterated his position that the iWatch won’t land this year because it represents a much higher level of difficulty for component and system design. Apple could launch it at the beginning of 2015, but there’s no way they’ll miss out on a massive holiday shopping season, even if it means launching the iWatch with limited supplies for the first few months.
Lightning cables with a reversible USB port?
The Rumor: Lightning cables are about to get a reversible USB end too.
The Verdict: Definitely, and they may even be ready in time for the iPhone 6. The new USB Type-C standard imitates Lightning with a reversible plug, but Apple’s found a way to make USB Type-A cables reversible too by simply removing a buffer section.
NFC rumors won't die
The Rumor: Leaked schematics reveal NFC support really is coming to the iPhone 6.
The Verdict:INCONCEIVABLE! The NFC rumors just won’t die this year. You’re telling me Apple could have added an NFC chip to any iPhone over the last four years, but for some reason they’ve decided to wait until the end of 2014, when NFC has been practically forgotten by consumers?
It sounds slightly crazy, but there’s been so much evidence pointing to its inclusion in the iPhone 6, that even I am pretty much convinced it’s coming. If Apple is rolling out a new mobile payments system, NFC could be the star player.
Six new Apple rumors are ready to have their future read…
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.
The iPhone 6 is nearly here and the rumor mill has ramped into overdrive with new details leaking about the iPhone 6’s True Tone flash module, rumblings that sapphire might not make the cut this year, and possibly a hint that the next iPhone won’t even be called the iPhone 6.
We’re ready to give you the full reading on what the future holds for these rumors and more, just click through the gallery to find out what the future holds.
Sapphire for the high-end
The Rumor: Only high-end iPhone 6 units will get a Sapphire display.
The Verdict: Probably. We’ve heard rumors for months that Apple is having a hard time making enough sapphire for the iPhone 6. The Wall Street Journal is the most reliable source yet to have claimed only some units will get sapphire glass. Offering one hardware feature on one iPhone model but not others would be an unprecedented move, but then again, Sapphire glass is an unbelievable material and might be worth the upgrade if you’re prone to cracking your screen.
iPhone 6 front panel leaks
The Rumor: This is the iPhone 6’s front panel.
The Verdict: Odds are likely. Feld & Volk has been this year’s most surprising source of Apple leaks, and each glimpse of the iPhone 6 they’ve given us has been gorgeous. With iPhone 6 production getting into full swing, it’s only inevitable that we’ll see more complex components leak over the next three weeks.
Reader-friendly iPad Air
The Rumor: The iPad Air 2 will come with a new anti-reflection coating.
The Verdict: Too early to tell. Production is ramping up on the next gen iPads, and while Apple could use some whiz bang features to boost sales, making it slightly easier to read the iPad outdoors probably isn’t going to be enough on its own. Limited supplies might be available at launch, but with the 2014 holiday season zooming around the corner, you can bet Apple’s going to pump out enough reader-friendly iPads to make add a few more billion to its cash piles.
Upgrading the iPhone's flash...
The Rumor: iPhone 6 will get a round True Tone flash.
The Verdict: Looks like the real deal. The True Tone flash module will also get two more LEDs which should make it a little more powerful and improve color balance. Previous case leaks have supported this rumor and we all know the iPhone needs all the help it can get with night photography.
Don't call it iPhone 6...
The Rumor: Apple told Thai officials that the next smartphone might not even be named the ‘iPhone 6.’
The Verdict: Early signs point to this happening. Apple was livid with Thai officials for revealing Apple’s plans to launch two new iPhone 6 models, but supposedly told them that a name change up might be on the way. I’d certainly be in favor of ditching the numbering system for something a little more subtle, so if Tim Cook does announce a 4.7-inch “iPhone Air” in September, I wouldn’t be surprised.
iPhone production is booming...
The Rumor: iPhone 6 production lines are ready to roll
The Verdict: You better believe it. The iPhone 6 announcement is less than 4 weeks away, which means the big iPhone 6 making machine in China needs to start churning out units as fast as possible.
This week’s Apple rumors are crazy for the iPhone 6
The official unveiling of the iPhone 6 could be as little as a month away and the rumor mill is going absolutely crazy for Apple’s next handset.
Once again, we’re donning our finest gypsy apparel and stepping behind the crystal ball to divine the truth behind this week’s most plausible and impossible rumors to see if Siri really is coming to the Mac, whether the iPhone 6 will have a protruding camera, and if it’s true that WWDC 2015 has already been scheduled.
Come see which rumors are guaranteed to materialize and which are about to vanish like ghosts. Stare into our crystal ball to see past the rumors and into the future…
5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be extra powerful
The Rumor: The 5.5-inch iPhone will feature a more powerful processor.
The Verdict: Signs are mixed. Cowen & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri says his supply chain sources have told him the 5.5-inch iPhone will be the most powerful iPhone ever. Timothy’s not too sure how Apple will do it, he just swears it’s going to happen based on the makeup of leaked components.
A faster A8 chip on the iPhablet is well within reach. Apple could easily clock the A8 chip to run faster than on the 4.7-inch unit like it did last year with the iPad Air and iPad mini, but we would love if they managed to slap a dedicated GPU in there for even better graphics.
Meet the iPhone 6 on Sept. 9th
The Rumor: The iPhone 6 will be announced on September 9th.
The Verdict: Circle your calendars friends. The Recode team has an impeccable record with Apple rumors and Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal are backing them on this. When Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher or any of their cohorts toss out a rumored Apple event data, you can pretty much view it as an announcement straight from the mothership.
WWDC 2015 is on the calendar
The Rumor: WWDC 2015 will be held from June 8-12.
The Verdict: Looks promising. Fanboys are already demanding more time with Hair Force One and after digging through the Moscone Center’s 2015 calendar, it appears that a full week has already been reserved for a “Corporate Event.” Apple is always discreet when booking the Moscone Center or Yerba Buena and the dates match up with Apple’s usual WWDC schedule. Given that we’re nearly an entire year away from the event though, it could be just as likely that spot on the calendar has been reserved by another company.
iPad Air 2 leaks
The Rumor: This is the iPad Air 2’s rear shell.
The Verdict: Probably. Apple is unlikely to make major changes to the iPad this year, but according to this rear shell leak the tablet will have recessed volume buttons, Touch ID, and a single row of speaker grill perforations.
Siri comes to the Mac
The Rumor: Siri will make its way onto the Mac soon.
The Verdict: It’s going to happen eventually. Apple already added Dictation to OS X a few years ago, but a recent patent filing for an Intelligent Digital Assistant In A Virtual Environment would add Siri integration to the Mac. The Siri upgrade, plus the addition of Extensibility to iOS 8 and Yosemite could mean that in the near future you’ll be able to start a task on your iPhone and finish on your Mac.
No Sapphire but lots of NFC
The Rumor: NFC will be on the iPhone 6, but not Sapphire crystal glass.
The Verdict: Not a chance. VentureBeat has launched a few crappy Apple rumors that have been shot down, the latest of which echoes reports that the iPhone will have a 2.0GHz processor and faster Wi-Fi, but also claims NFC is coming, and we all know that just ain’t going to happen.
The Rumor: The 4.7-inch iPhone will have a protruding camera lens.
The Verdict: The future is unclear on this one. Along with leaking pics of the iPhone 6’s scratch resistant Apple logo and recessed volume buttons, Feld & Volk claim that Jony Ive has slimmed the iPhone down so much that Apple plans to adopt the iPod Touch’s protruding camera.
Earlier leaks showed the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 might have a protruding camera, but Apple might add it to the 4.7-inch unit as well. If it makes attaching camera accessories and extra lenses to your iPhone easier, I’m all for it. But how annoying is it going to be using your iPhone as it rests on a table and wobbles side to side with each successive touch? Say it ain’t so Jony.
Touch panel and chassis delays
The Rumor: Release dates for both iPhone 6 units have been pushed back due to production issues with the chassis and touch panel.
The Verdict: The world’s Apple top analyst has it wrong. Based on Recode’s iPhone event rumor, it sounds like the iPhone 6 production engine is pretty much ready for primetime. Ming-Chi Kuo has a decent record for an analyst, but his claim that production problems on the 4.7-inch iPhone could push the launch back deeper into 2014, sound off.
iPhone 6 battery boost
The Rumor: The iPhone 6 is getting a big battery upgrade
The Verdict: Sounds too good to be true but I hope it is. After previous rumors reported the iPhone 6 would only get modest battery improvements (if any at all), a new rumor from analyst Sung Chang Xu claims the 4.7-inch iPhone will have a 2100mAh battery instead of just 1,810 mAh unit.
Hardware leaks have supported the claims of the weaker batteries being used, but according to Xu, those were only for testing purposes, and the real battery will be much beefier, meaning all-day battery life for iPhone might finally happen in 2014.
We think we know a lot about the iPhone 6. How big the display is (4.7-inches and 5.5-inches). How thin it will be (really thin).What kind of processor it will be packing (an A8). And when it will be unveiled (September 9th). But do we know everything?
VentureBeat doesn’t think so. The well-respected publication says that a well-informed source has confirmed to them that in addition to all of the above, the iPhone 6 will feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi, NFC capabilities, a non-sapphire screen, and a 2.0GHz A8 processor.
Tell me if you’ve heard this rumor before: the iPhone is getting NFC this year.
Well NFC fever is back again for 2014’s iPhone rumor season, only instead oozing from the mouths of misinformed analysts, a new rumor based on alleged iPhone 6 logic board claims that both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s will be the first Apple devices to finally support near field communications.
We’ve heard a lot of rumors about the upcoming iPhone 6. But which ones are true? With the release of Apple’s latest and greatest smartphones just three months away, we can start synthesizing the likelihood of which rumors will pan out (and which won’t).
This gorgeous infographic exploding the iPhone 6 into its various components does a great job of showing where the consensus is right now.
Six crazy new iPhone 6 rumors are ready for the crystal ball treatment this week.
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.
The onslaught of ridiculous iPhone 6 rumors continues this week with reports claiming a huge megapixel boost is coming thanks to a new camera sensor. We’ve also heard whispers of week-long battery life coming soon, seen glimpses a possible iPhone 6 TouchID, and heard new details on the iWatch coming in different sizes this fall.
There’s even some new reports of production delays with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, but you’ll have to gaze deep into our crystal ball to find out who the hell really knows what’s going on with Apple’s iPhablet.
Never ending battery life
The Rumor: Fuel cell powered MacBooks, iPhones, and iPads are only a few years away.
The Verdict: Unlikely. British fuel cell firm Intelligent Energy is supposedly working on a secret partnership that would give your iPhone weeklong battery life, thanks to embedded fuel cell technology. The company has long had ties with Apple, but unless a revolutionary way to refill fuel cells has been invented that doesn’t require hauling all your iOS devices to a gas station, I’d rather see a really simple and efficient wireless charging added to the iPhone.
TBWA get the smackdown
The Rumor: Apple’s long-time ad agency TBWA is getting the axe.
The Verdict: Breaking up is hard to do, but this one is just a matter of time.
Despite creating some of Apple’s most iconic ads over the last three decades, TBWA has been on Apple’s hate-list lately, even if it’s party Samsung’s fault. TBWA’s ads are even getting better reviews than those from Apple’s in-house team, but with rumors swirling that the mothership is arming itself with a 1,000 man marketing army, I expect we’ll see Apple’s account finally switch over to a new agency within the next 12 months.
Sapphire is only for the high-end
The Rumor: Only 64GB iPhone 6 units will come with Sapphire crystal displays.
The Verdict: Apple might as well not even add the Sapphire displays if this is true. Luckily, this rumor, which made its way to us via some sketchy analysts in Korea, has as good a chance to come true as Vladamir Putin has a shot of winning the US Presidency in 2016.
I mean, you never know what Vlady the Bearhunter is going to do, so I wouldn’t totally rule it out, but it’s unlikely.
Durable TouchID shows off its holes
The Rumor: The iPhone 6’s Touch ID sensor has been leaked.
The Verdict: Probably. These pictures are so pixelated though it’s impossible to see what major improvements have been made to make it more durable, but there is the oh-so-tantalizing glimpse of the TouchID mounting screws being moved from the top of the power cable to the bottom.
iWatches in sizes for everyone
The Rumor: iWatch will come in three different sizes.
The Verdict: This rumor looks promising. Apple will at least need different band sizes for men, women and kids, but they could also be developing three completely different models, according to this rumor, which claims iWatch will come with options for a 1.8-inch or 1.6-inch display.
Sapphire crystal glass will supposedly only be used on the 1.8-inch iWatch so that it’s the most durable of the bunch, but with Apple’s plant in Mesa pumping out enough sapphire to pave America's highways, it seems unlikely Apple will only include it on some units, rather than adding it to all iWatches and iPhones.
iPhone 6 camera sensor will be a megapixel beast
The Rumor: Sony’s new Exmor IMX220 sensor will boost the iPhone 6 camera to 13MP.
The Verdict: Don’t get too excited iPhotogs. Chinese forums are usually the absolutely worst place to source a rumor, but GforGames is backing this one, saying it has a solid track-record of dishing Sony info. Earlier rumors claimed the iPhone 6 camera would only see a modest upgrade though, and Apple hasn’t been eager to jump into the megapixel wars.
The new Sony sensor can support up to 20MP, but the rumor claims Apple will only use it at 13MP. That would give it the power to record 1080p videos with a 3840 x 1080 resolution, making it pretty appealing for 4k fans, but it’s more likely that Apple just adds better low light performance, improved coloring, and sharper focus.
The iPhablet might not land until 2015?
The Rumor: Production issues could delay the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 until 2015.
The Verdict: Over Tim Cook’s dead body. Ming-Chi Kuo’s reports are sometimes reliable (high praise in the world of Apple analysts), but his latest also claims the 4.7-inch iPhone won’t get a sapphire display, even though we’ve seen convincing evidence to the contrary.
Pushing the iPhablet to 2015 would be a huge blow to Apple’s 2014 product pipeline that’s expected to be the best in 25 years, but at this point, we also haven’t seen any physical evidence that it’s really on the way either.
Wait, maybe the iPhablet isn't delayed...
The Rumor: Production on the 5.5-inch iPhone is actually going to start in August after all.
The Verdict: No one knows what the hell Apple is doing with the 5.5-inch iPhone. Reuters cites local media in its latest report that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will enter production in the second week of August, while the 4.7-inch will start on the third week of July.
It’s hard to see Apple waiting until 2015 to release the iPhablet, and Ming Chi-Kuo has been wrong quite a few times, so maybe his info on the delays is off. However, we still haven’t seen a single component leak for the 5.5-incher, even though you can already build your own 4.7-inch iPhone 6 out of the river of leaked parts flowing out of Shenzhen.
Could it be that the iPhablet rumors have been wrong the entire time?