Crystal Baller: Apple's self-driving car and 6 other wacky rumors | Cult of Mac

Crystal Baller: Apple’s self-driving car and 6 other wacky rumors



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 Apple Watch has been the biggest rumor for years, but now that its about to launch, is Apple about to explore self-driving cars next? We've also got reports of a possible Apple Search engine, a breakthrough that could bring sapphire to the iPhone 6s, and many more mad rumors.

Which rumors are real and who’s just pretending? Step up to the crystal ball and find out.

The Rumor: Apple is negotiating with networks on a Sling-TV type of service.

The Verdict: Definitely. In fact, we've been hearing this same rumor for about two years now. It looks like the biggest hurdle for an Apple TV update is the company just doesn't have the relationships with content providers, like Dish and others do.

The Rumor: Apple is getting really serious about making a stylus.

The Verdict: This is starting to sound believable. We've dismissed the idea of Apple making a stylus for years -- mostly because of one silly Steve Jobs quote -- but Apple's stylus ambitions are looking more serious after multiple patents have shown the company is at least thinking about styluses. It's still too early to tell if the 12-inch iPad Pro will come with one. If it does, Apple better pack some amazing features into it, or my pencil might steal the show.

The Rumor: Samsung's Galaxy S6 will be just another iPhone clone.

The Verdict: Yep! Samsung made a name for itself in the smartphone world by copying Apple. With the S5 they tried to move away from their copying, but no one bought it. Looks like Samsung learned its lesson and has decided to take the hit in legal fees, and will just copy Apple to keep marketshare.

The Rumor: Sapphire screens could be coming to the iPhone 6s.

The Verdict: Too early to tell. DisplayMate just made a major breakthrough with Sapphire, turning its weakest property -- screen reflectance -- and turned it into a strength. Enhanced sapphire is now number one in scratch resistance, low reflectance and performance in high ambient light compared to Gorilla Glass. Apple's problem wasn't with sapphire glasses properties though, it was that it's really hard to produce en masse, so I'm still doubtful we'll see it in the iPhone 6s.

The Rumor: Apple is working on a self-driving car.

The Verdict: Ask again later. The most exciting rumor in months popped up this week when Apple was spotted driving around SF and NYC in vans with a funky camera array on top. Some Apple fans have said it's totally obvious that it's for Street View, but could something even crazier be afoot?

The Rumor: Apple will hold an Apple Watch event in March.

The Verdict: This sounds right, even if its coming from BGR which has a dismal track record when it comes to Apple rumors. Tim Cook already revealed that Apple Watch will ship in April, so a March event to announce pricing and pre-order dates sounds right.

The Rumor: Apple is looking to take on Google Search.

The Verdict: No way! A new job posting indicates Apple wants to improve its search powers, but a full blown search engine capable of beating Google sounds way outside of Apple's realm. Maybe they're using it to improve some other features. Search is hard an Look what happened to Microsoft when it tried.