It wouldn't be Friday without a juicy Apple leak or rumor, and, as if on cue, photos of the display and lid of the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air supposedly leaked today. In other news, Tim Cook reportedly agreed to let Chinese officials check Apple products for security flaws, and iPhones accounted for precisely half of all phone activations in the U.S. during the last quarter.
Looks like Apple's finally starting to "double down on secrecy." Apple's former global supply manager, Paul Devine, who went to trial way back in 2010 for leaking and selling company secrets to component makers in Asia, was finally sentenced on Friday to one year in prison and to pay a $4.5 million fine. It could have been worse, especially considering that Devine's sentence was originally supposed to last a full 20 years.
Apple product leaks have been scarce lately, but that drought ended this weekend after photos surfaced purporting to show an A8 chip for the upcoming second-generation iPad Air, which is widely expected to debut at Apple's media event on Thursday. Further photos of the alleged iPad 2 logic board seem to confirm the rumor, and what's more, they suggest that the next iPad Air will at last support 2GB of RAM.
Well, the rumor mill is definitely talking about the iPad Air 2, but nothing like it did the iPhone 6 series. Interesting. Well, we certainly hope Cupertino is able to wow the crowds at their October 16 event, and we expect next week will kick things up a notch with leaks and rumors. Meanwhile, what else shook free in the news this week?
Leaks from the iPhone supply line over in China have become so common in recent years that covering them is now routine, but at last Apple supplier Foxconn is taking steps to crack down on some of them. One of the alleged culprits behind the leaks of the shell of the iPhone 6 is now in custody for selling the shells on the black market.
Well, we're entering the home stretch of the last few weeks before the release of the iPhone 6. Have the spate or articles and leaks and so on dampened enthusiasm or stoked it? Guess we'll find out soon enough. At the very least, this week's been heavy on the iPhone 6 "news" so let's see what we have in the hopper for Labor Day weekend.
We've heard endless stories about leaked parts for the iPhone 6 over the last couple of weeks, but the Feld & Volk team in Russia apparently took these leaks to the next logical step and built their own iPhone 6 with them. Something about the audaciousness of the project seems more exciting than finding a iPhone 4 in a Redwood City bar.
We've seen countless mockups of the upcoming 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" over the last few months, but only now are we starting to see what appear to be completed casings of the actual device. The latest "leak" comes from Feld & Volk, a luxury iPhone accessory maker, and it apparently grants us an idea of what the front and back casings of the device will look like together for the first time.
Closer ever closer we creep to a potential release date for the newest iPhone. Will it look like these mockups? Probably, as despite Tim Cook's promises, leaks are endemic up and down the supply chain. And have we seen what the newest iPad Air will look like too? Yeah, probably that too. Nevertheless, there are still some Cupertino surprises we haven't anticipated, but let's take a look at some that might not be surprising anymore, as well as some other news percolating out there in the wide, wide world.
Rumors, we got hot and tasty fresh rumors stewing in the pot for you this week. So many leaks and speculation and unnamed sources. Some of them are probably right, but which ones? Ah, that's the trick. See if you can spot the plausible ones. (Photo by Apfel Page Concept Design.)