Our 11 Favorite Apple Rumors and Leaks

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Our 11 Favorite Apple Rumors and Leaks

 

 

For as long as Apple has been delivering revolutionary, drool-worthy products that defy expectations and redefine conventions, fans have been scrambling for a peek under the next black curtain. With the proliferation of 24/7 news sites and bloggers, the race to report rumors has become cutthroat competition; as such, stories can sprout from anywhere --- patent filings, supplier contracts, inventory fluctuation, dormant string names and, of course, anonymous tips --- and often spread as fast as actual press releases. Last month’s report on upcoming iPhone subsidies, for example, originated on a Fortune blog and included a number of juicy, unconfirmed details that were picked up by The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Washington Post, and Canada’s Globe and Mail, to name a few.

 

These days, the rumor mill churns as quickly as an 8-core Mac Pro, and Apple rumors rarely die before they become reality. Forgotten ones can be rekindled by out-of-focus photos, and mainstays are tweaked and recycled each time Steve readies an expo keynote. They’ve put sites on the map and wiped out others, fueled endless discussions, honed our Photoshopping skills, and wrought havoc on day traders. But, still, we can’t get through our day without them:

 

 

 

The Beatles
Oddly enough, Apple and The Beatles are forever linked, with a relationship that dates back to the computer maker’s fledgling days. (A quick summary: Apple Computer Inc. was first sued in 1981 for infringing on The Beatles’ Apple Corps trademark (and that of its record label, Apple Records), then again in 1989, and lastly in 2003. In February 2007, the two companies settled the dispute once and for all.) Steve Jobs has made no secret of his love for The Beatles’ music and his displeasure at the band’s unwillingness to allow digital downloads; so we all know it’s a merely matter of time before the two Apples ink an exclusive contract and start selling the extensive Beatles’ catalogue track by track. Therefore, every time an iPod event invitation arrives, so does the everlasting Beatles rumor, and until Paul McCartney appears alongside Steve Jobs at Moscone West, rumor mongers just won’t let it be.

 

 

PowerBook G5
Just about five years ago, Steve took the stage at WWDC and unveiled the long-awaited next generation of the PowerPC chip, “the heart” of Apple’s new Power Mac G5, but for thousands of mobile users with a need for speed, a 40-pound behemoth just didn’t cut it. Apple had already rolled out new 12- and 17-inch PowerBooks to complement its popular 15-inch Titanium workhorse, and it seemed logical that Apple was already hard at work on a way to cram IBM’s new processor into the professional notebook’s ultra-thin enclosure. It didn’t take long until so-called sources declared “PowerBook G5 Next Tuesday” every few weeks; soon, liquid cooling rumors arrived, followed by speculation on new cases and batteries, manufacturing reports, and mock-ups of every shape and variety. Of course, hopes for the PowerBook G5 died when Apple switched to Intel processors --- and we couldn’t be happier. MacBook Montevina anyone?

 

 

 

Mergers
Every so often, when the wait between keynotes and special events gets a little too tedious and the new product rumor well has run dry, some analyst decides to spend a chunk of Apple’s $19.4 billion cash reserve on a high-profile acquisition. Since these reports often generate outside of the traditional fan sites, they’re taken with a bit more salt and usually last for a few days, making the rounds in the major news outlets and exerting their effects on AAPL. Over the years, Apple has been linked to dozens of well-known companies, from practical (Adobe, Sun) to intriguing (TiVo, Sony) to downright silly (Disney, Nintendo), even though the very idea seems in direct opposition to the company’s 32-year business plan. But until Google comes along, we’ll keep reading right along.

 

 

 

DVR
Despite its relatively slow adoption rate, Apple TV was a major step for Apple, representing the company’s first real foray from the office to the living room. With a 1 GHz processor, 256MB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, HDMI, optical audio and built-in WiFi, Apple TV had the potential to be the monster component that every home theater needed. But as little more than a digital media receiver, it hasn’t quite lived up to the hype that preceded it, led by a flurry of anonymous tipsters (and at least one patent) calling for Apple to revolutionize live TV and show TiVo how it’s done. Of course, an Apple TV with recording capabilities would cannibalize iTunes sales, but that hasn’t stopped rumor mongers from reviving the concept every few months. The first show we’d tape? Fantasy Island.

 

 

 

iHome
Even before the versatile, low-priced Mac mini stormed onto the market in January 2005 and flew open the rumor floodgates, speculation had already been swirling around the release of living room device that would stream all of our digital content onto our big-screen TVs. Pre-Macworld spy photos of an alleged iHome Media Centre were proven false, but that didn’t stop a wave of rumors from spreading across the Web; less than three months after the mini landed, iHome “specs” dropped: 1.5GHz G5 processor, 450GB hard drive, 6GB of RAM, SuperDrive, WiFi, HDMI, FireWire, 5.1 surround sound, and an FM tuner, just for good measure. Complete with five chrome-tipped speakers, a subwoofer and a touch-screen, programmable remote control, iHome is everything Apple TV isn’t. And it even has a better name.

 

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