The big news heading into this past weekend had to be the announcement that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would be stepping down sometime in the next 12 months, a decision that has many pundits wondering if the longtime company man is abandoning the post on his own or if the board of directors helped show him the door in an orderly fashion. One thing's for sure: Microsoft is in dire need of a shakeup if it ever hopes to make a dent in the mobile and tablet markets, so this one will be interesting to watch. In the meantime, here's a quick recap of some other stories you might have missed...
Oh, the rumor mill is cooking now and Apple's doing a few things in the background to kick things up a notch. We've seen quite a few high quality leaked photos (if they're to be believed, that is; while this gaudy thing above might not be the gold iPhone Apple's supposedly working on, we've got no evidence the other is real either). And we're getting closer to a date announcement. The suspense is killing us!
If it seems like it's been months since Apple released anything new, it's because it has. With the exception of a MacBook Air refresh in June, nothing new has emerged from Cupertino since last October, when the iPad mini made its debut. But autumn is nearly upon us, which promises to bring a bevy of goodies for the holiday shopping season, not least of all the new iPhone. Or iPhones, as a series of increasingly convincing leaks and rumors have seemingly revealed. With an official unveiling (possibly) on the near horizon, we've pulled together the most believable rumors and reports we've heard so far, and boiled them down to a list of what we're likely see in the coming weeks.
By now you've probably heard the jokes that the "C" in iPhone 5C stands for "cheap" on account of its supposed low price and plastic shell, but if a recent video from Taiwan bears any truth, the little guy can take a beating. There's no way to tell if the shell in the photo really belongs to an iPhone 5C, but if it is, adopters of the device may not need to worry that they're stepping down too far in quality.
If you're wondering when the iPhone 5S and its little buddy the iPhone 5C will be coming out, September 20 seems like a good date to pin your hopes on. Today, noted Japanese business publication Nikkei reported (via Cnet) that both devices would make their debut on that Friday.
If you were worried that all this business with low-cost iPhones and questionable "champagne"-colored black plates had disrupted Apple's schedule, then the Wall Street Journal has some good news for you. According to the WSJ's sources, we'll see both a "low-end" and a "high-end" variant during the expected press event on September 10.
While few outside of Apple's Cupertino headquarters truly know what the company has in store for the iPhone with the rumored September 10 event, at least one analyst weighs in on how things might shake out for a possible family of handsets.
One of the big questions surrounding the so-called iPhone 5C has focused on how Apple plans to keep the device from cannibalizing its high-end smartphones, and the discussion's traditionally centered on speculation that the Cupertino company will limit the sale of the device to overseas markets. But Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has a different idea. According to him, the iPhone 5C may simply not have Siri.
And so our long wait is almost over. Maybe. This weekend AllThingsD revealed that "sources" claimed the next iPhone would be revealed on September 10, and this morning Jim Dalrymple of The Loop seemed to confirm this with a simple "yes." Not the hardest evidence to rely on, to be sure, but both sources have a reputation for being right about this kind of thing.
We're getting closer and closer to Apple's fall event, which means more rumors are cropping up, leaks are making headlines, claimed leaks are competing for news cycle oxygen, and jockeying for a little time on Apple's hobby TV box thingamajig is becoming more interesting. Did you miss any of that this week? Well, climb aboard, kids, because we're gonna do the news in ten.