Crystal Baller: Rewind this week’s wildest Apple Watch rumors


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Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

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.

This week the Apple Watch rumors have reached a crescendo as invites to a not-so-mysterious event in March were released. Will the Apple Watch really launch with 100,000 apps? Will demand for the gold Apple Watch wreak havoc on the world’s gold supply? And don’t forget about the Apple car either. New rumors are claiming Samsung could be the biggest boost or roadblock for project Titan.

Find out the truth behind the week’s wildest Apple rumors below:

Crystal Baller: The amazing iCar and other electrifying Apple rumors


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Photo: Cult of Mac

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.

This week the Apple Car rumors have revved into fourth gear as a tsunami of reports from various outlets have claimed that not only is the iCar project real, but Apple is trying to get it onto highways by the end of the decade. While everyone’s focusing on the iCar, don’t forget about Apple Watch though. The rumor mill spit out five juicy rumors this week covering everything from pricing to customization.

Take a look at this week’s electrifying Apple rumors see which one’s are destined to come true:

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The Apple rumors are crazy 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 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.

Apple TV update on the way?

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.

If you see a stylus, they blew it...

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.

Samsung's still copying

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.

Sapphire breakthrough

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.

Say hi to the new iCar

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?

Apple Watch event in March?

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.


Goodbye Google, hello Apple Search?

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.

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iPad Pro rumors takeover the rumor mill…

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 iPad Pro has seemed like a myth the last two years, but the rumor mill is heating up with new gossip that Apple might add a stylus to its giant tablet. We’ve also got a new report on the Apple Watch’s dismal battery life, plus pictures that appear to be our first look at the 12-inch MacBook Air.

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

Touch controls on the iPad?

The Rumor:You next iPad could have touchscreen controls on the back.

The Verdict: This doesn’t seem like the type of elegant solution Jony Ive would use, so don’t count on it. The iPad already has a display that can put a button in any spot you need. Adding dedicated buttons to the back is the opposite direction Apple’s design is moving.

Apple Watch doesn't have all-day battery?

The Rumor: Apple Watch will only get 19 hours of battery life.

The Verdict: This sounds about right to us. Some people are already complaining about Mark Gurman’s report that Apple Watch’s battery won’t last all-day. With as many features as Apple’s cramming into its first timepiece, we’re not shocked the battery is puny. Tim Cook already said you’ll have to charge it every day. It’s only a first generation device. If it lasts a full 19 hours we’ll be pleased.

Next up on Samsung's copy list?

The Rumor: Samsung plans to fix its glitchy fingerprint sensors by copying TouchID.

The Verdict: Definitely happening. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is supposed to be Samsung’s most innovative device in years because this time they’re not going to just copy Apple. It sounds like they still can’t make fingerprint readers easy to use though, so they’re copying Touch ID’s tap to scan feature.

Who wants a stylus?

The Rumor: The 12-inch iPad Pro will come with a handy dandy stylus.

The Verdict: This rumor is coming straight from the world’s most accurate Apple analyst, Ming Chi-Kuo. We have some serious doubts about it’s accuracy though. First, we don't even know if the 12-inch iPad is a real product, so adding a stylus onto it seems premature. Every analyst and blogger is busting out the “Steve Jobs said ‘if you see a stylus, they blew it,'” quote, but it wouldn’t be the first time el Jobso was proven to be fallible.

I still don’t think this is going to come true though, unless Apple has some really magical new features embedded in the stylus. Also, has anyone considered the 12-inch iPad Pro and 12-inch MacBook Air might be the same product?

Is this the MacBook STEALTH?

The Rumor: First pictures of the 12-inch MacBook Air have leaked.

The Verdict: We’ll give 2/1 odds that these pictures are of the real deal. We already know Apple’s supply partner Quanta has specifications for the MacBook Air STEALTH in its inventory, so we’re probably just a few months away from the launch. Notice that the keyboard didn't leak though?

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The iPhone 6S rumor mill is churning

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.

We've coming out of our winter hibernation to an avalanche of new iPhone 6S rumors claiming Apple's next smartphone will have the biggest camera upgrade ever. There's also whispers of a 12-inch MacBook Air on the horizon, and a possible ARM-powered Mac in the next year.

Step up to the crystal ball and find out which of these rumors is most likely to come true in 2015.

Apple and Intel are breaking up?

The Rumor: Your iMacs and MacBooks will be powered by ARM processors in 1 - 2 years/

The Verdict Not likely to happen yet. Ming Chi Kuo, aka “the world’s most accurate Apple analyst” has been wrong a time or two, and I think this is time he’s way off. Ditching Intel chips has been rumored forever. It still doesn’t make sense, as Apple would be sacrificing a lot of processing power for modest battery gains. It could happen in the next five years, but Kuo’s prediction that we’ll see an ARM powered MacBook in the next year sounds too soon to be true.

Dual-lens iPhone cameras?

The iPhone no longer has the best smartphone camera.

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple patent takes aim at GoPro

The Rumor: GoPro is in trouble after Apple won a patent on its own wearable camera system.

The Verdict Apple is not making a wearable camera. Not because it couldn’t make a kickass wearable camera that’s even better than GoPro, but because there’s just not enough money in the wearable cameras market. If Apple can’t sell tens of millions of units of a product every quarter there’s no point in making it. GoPro investors can rest easy for another year.

iPhone joystick?

The Rumor: Your next iPhone could sport a hidden gaming joystick behind the home button.

The Verdict Probably not going to happen. There are so many more parts that could break and need repair if Apple moved to a spring loaded joystick/home button. We still haven’t seen any iPhone gaming cases take off, and this is certainly an intriguing idea, but this patent is mostly likely a glimpse into an alternative Apple universe we’ll never see.

Meet Apple's new sapphire supplier

The Rumor: Apple already lined up a new a sapphire supplier.

The Verdict Too early to tell. Ever since GTAT went belly up Apple’s been hunting for a new sapphire supplier. Previous rumors have claimed Foxconn will step in, while a recent Wall Street Journal report points to Apple supplier Desay as the possible GTAT replacement. The company already makes sapphire displays for its smartphones. Maybe the S in iPhone 6S will stand for “sapphire.”

Ready for a RAM upgrade?

The Rumor: 2GB of RAM will be the new standard on the iPhone 6S.

The Verdict The odds of the iPhone 6S getting 2GB of RAM is incredibly likely. We’re not expecting a design overall on the 6S, but there should be plenty of big internal upgrades. The iPhone 6 only has 1GB of RAM. Doubling it will certainly make it wicked fast, and all those new Metal-coded games will look better than ever.


iPhone is ditching LCD

The Rumor: Future iPhones are set to get OLED displays.

The Verdict Count on it, but not until 2016. Foxconn is reportedly dedicating an entire factory to pumping out OLED displays for iPhones and Apple wearables. Mass production probably won’t start until 2016, which will come just in time for Apple to swap out the iPhone 6s’ LCD display with a thinner, brighter OLED beauty.

12-inch MacBook Airs with one port?

The Rumor: Apple’s redesign of the MacBook Air will pare it down to a 12-inch screen with just one port: USB Type C.

The Verdict The entire 12-inch MacBook Air Stealth scoop by Mark Gurman sounds almost too unreal. I’ll just say, I’ve also heard from one of his incredibly well placed sources, that it is going to happen.

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Apple Watch rumors are ready to be decoded...

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 rumor mill has been quiet this winter, but before you dive into the Christmas festivities, Santa dropped off a new bag a rumors about the Apple Watch, iPhone 6s, and even the long-rumored Apple Television set.

Step up to crystal ball and see which rumors are built to last, and which will melt like snow.

iPhone 6s processor made in USA?

The Rumor: The A9 chip for the iPhone 6s will be made in the USA next year.

The Verdict: Highly unlikely. A report from Digitizes suggests that GlobalFoundries (the largest foundry in the US) is trying to become a mobile chip maker for Apple, but with Samsung and TSMC already having a long history of building iPhone processors, Apple’s extremely unlikely to switch to GlobalFoundries now, unless the price is irresistible.

Apple Watch is already in production?

The Rumor: Apple Watch is going into production one month ahead of schedule.

The Verdict: Too early to tell. Taiwanese news sources say Apple Watch maker Quanta is on a hiring spree to fulfill the 24 million units Apple wants in 2015. Production is supposed to begin in January but we doubt we’ll see the Apple Watch land on stores until Spring.

Bose takes on Beats Music

The Rumor: Bose plans to take on Beats Music with its own music streaming service.

The Verdict: This is going to end badly for Bose. Our crystal ball doesn't see how a music service helps Bose sell more headphones and speakers, and I doubt they have the software engineering capability to create a service that can rival Beats Music, Spotify, Pandora, and Rdio. Even if they go after the high-fidelity audio market they'll have to offer an experience that's truly revolutionary to get customers to jump onboard.

Apple Stores need more fashionistas

The Rumor: Apple Stores are hiring fashionistas for the Apple Watch launch.

The Verdict: Definitely. Internal documents floating around Apple Retail show Angela Ahrendts is looking for new employees who have a 'fashion or luxury background.' That's not very surprising as Apple Stores are already known to recruit talent from stores like Gap, J Crew, and Banana Republic. Now with the Apple Watch coming out, staff will need to be able to help you match your watch band to your outfit, and explain the difference between an Intel Core i5 and i7 processor.

Not giving up on Apple Television

The Rumor: The Apple Television will finally see the light of day in 2016, according to perpetual Apple Television rumormonger, Gene Munster.

The Verdict: Stop it Gene, it's not going to happen. We gave up on the idea of an Apple Television set like two years ago, after the first three years of Gene's predictions kept being wrong. Munster just won't let go of the idea that Apple is going to release a connected TV someday. The merits of the idea have been debated ad nauseam for at least five years now, so I won't get into why it doesn't make sense, but I'll just say, there's no way Apple is ever going to sell a television set.

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A new batch of Apple rumors awaits you…

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.

This week we’ve heard rumors that Apple could be readying the biggest iPhone camera upgrade ever with DSLR-quality photos. There’s also whispers that your next iMac could double as a smoke alarm, and other juicy bits. But you’ll have to step up to our crystal ball to find out if they’re likely to come true.

Your next Mac could be a fire alarm

The Rumor: You next Mac could double as a smoke alarm.

The Verdict: There's a 65% chance of this coming true. Apple recently patented a fireproof material for Macs too, so it seems like they're looking intently at connected-home solutions.

Samsung and Apple, attached at the hip

The Rumor: Arch-rival Samsung will remain Apple's top chip supplier.

The Verdict: Most likely. Apple's been trying to reduce its dependency on Samsung components and manufacturing for years, but the problem is there's just not another company that can compete with Samsung's chipmaking biz. TSMC tried but they're still not able to handle as much of the load as Apple would like, so Apple's stuck with Samsung, for better or worse.

Lightning connected accessories

The Rumor: Apple is going to let third-parties use its Lightning port on accessories.

The Verdict: Probably. Apple's proprietary Lightning port is so much easier to use than Micro-USB and other options, that it'd be a shame if Apple limited it to just iPhones. 9to5Mac reports that third-party accessory makers should be getting access soon. Expect to see a slew of Lightning port headphones and other goodies early next year.

Beats Music Bloatware, coming soon.

The Rumor: Beats Music will come preloaded on iOS devices next year.

The Verdict: Probably true, but we wish it weren't. My iPhone already has 23 pre-installed Apple apps that I wish I could delete. Adding a mandatory Beats Music app to the mix just weighs it down even more. Someone needs to tell Tim Cook that bloatware died last decade.

4K video on the iPhone 6s?

The best camera is the one that is always with you.

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Crystal Baller: iPad Pro problems, web-based Apple Maps, and other wild rumors



A new batch of Apple rumors awaits you…

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 rumor mill is going into hibernation mode over the winter, but that’s not stopping a few juicy bits from leaking out. This week we’ve got rumors of Apple Maps coming to the web, the giant iPad facing production problems, and the first batch of Apple Watch orders.

Step up to our crystal ball and see which rumors are likely to come true in 2015.

iPad Pro problems

The Rumor: The giant 12-inch iPad faces display production issues.

The Verdict: Possibly. This rumor is coming from the Best Apple Analyst in the World (Ming-Chi Kuo), so we’re keen to believe him. If Apple’s really trying to make its iPad Pro as thin as the iPhone 6, there’s bound to be a few problems along the way. We still expect to see it in the first half of 2015.

Apple Maps hits the web

The Rumor: Apple’s working on a web-based version of Apple Maps.

The Verdict: We believe it. Apple job postings hint that it’s working on an update. As bad as the rollout of Apple Maps has a few years ago, the service has gotten considerably better over the last year, and a dedicated web version would help get more people using Apple Maps. Apple launched the Maps Connect tool last month. A web-version must be coming soon.

Apple's moving into LA

The Rumor: Apple is opening a giant new store and office space in LA’s historic district.

The Verdict: Sounds likely, other than the rumor that the store will also have residential spaces. Apple needs a big LA store and the Bring Back Broadway movement just got its biggest attraction.

Location-based security

The Rumor: Location-based security settings could end up in iOS 9.

The Verdict: Please make this happen. Having the ability to set ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ locations that automatically adjust your security settings would be great.

Apple Pay + Alipay ?

The Rumor: Apple is in talks with Alibaba to partner up on the launch of the Apple Pay in China.

The Verdict: Looks like it's almost a done deal. Execs say details have to be worked out, but Alibaba is the hottest company in China right now, so the pairing would be perfect. Alipay support for Apple Pay on day one would be huge in China.

40 million Apple Watches

The Rumor: Apple is planning to make 40 million Apple Watch units.

The Verdict: Too early to tell. Apple Watch isn’t supposed to go on sale until the Spring, but it’s time to start getting units rolling out of the factory. If Apple’s already making 40 million, it must be pretty confident it’s got a new hit product on its wrists.


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This week’s Apple rumors are ready to be decoded…

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.

Super-skinny iPad Pro

The Rumor: iPad Pro will be as thin as iPhone 6.

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.

Apple Pay bus passes

The Rumor: Apple Pay will soon replace your bus pass.

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.

Apple Watch won't be cheap

The Rumor: Stainless Steel Apple Watch will cost $500, gold will go for $4000.

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.

Fireproof iMacs

The Rumor: Your next Mac could be fireproof.

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.

Sayonara iPad mini

The Rumor: iPad mini will be discontinued?

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.


iPhone goes 3D?

The Rumor: The next iPhone is getting a glasses-free 3D display.

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.

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iPad Air rumors are blowing up ahead of next week's event...

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 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.

Photo: Apple

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.