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.)
With WWDC 2014 right around the weekend corner (literally), heck no you don't want to shut your computer down. Why, this week's news is chock full of rumor, leak, speculation, and the ravings of analysts. Ahem, we mean the well thought out considerations of those with virtually no evidence. On with the show!
Rumors about Apple products — and reliable ones, at that — have become so common in the last couple of years that we know almost entirely what to expect when an event like WWDC comes around. Apple's had enough of it, apparently, and rightly so. Today Sonny Dickson (long a reporter of trustworthy Apple rumors himself) announced that this stream of information might be coming to an end, thanks to increased efforts on the part of both Apple and Chinese authorities.
If this week was notable for anything, it was a plethora of iPhone 6 rumors, leaks, potential leaks, and concepts. To think, last week we were all talking about the iWatch. Looks like the Apple rumor mill operating system isn't in any need of an update.
Up until now we've generally only seen renderings of what the next iPhone could look like, but a new photo from China's Weibo (via 9to5Mac) may have given us one of our first clear glimpse of the device's actual front panel. For comparison, whoever took the photo also held up an iPhone 5s next to the supposed iPhone 6 panel within the confines of what looks like a factory setting.
It's that time of the iPhone development cycle again. The alleged first images of the prototype for the new iPhone 6 are gracing the pages of MacRumors today, and yes, they're shot in the same blurry style normally reserved for shots of UFOs and Bigfoot. The pics came in from an anonymous source on Twitter, and according to Sonny Dickson (who sent out some of the best pre-release photos of the iPhone 5s), they originate from a source in China.
One of today's big surprises is the sudden appearance of what appears to be leaked screenshots from the long-anticipated "iOS in the Car" taken by app developer Steven Troughton-Smith. As MacRumors reports, it's possible that Troughton-Smith managed to find them lurking in the new beta build for iOS 7.1 that was released today, but if he did, he's not saying how.
After 9 p.m. on a Thursday night is an odd time to launch a new flagship smartphone, but that's just what the Google Play Store did with the LG-made Nexus 5 last night — except the whole thing was a mistake.
Just in case you needed another reminder that the days of total surprises from Apple may be long over, Sonny Dickson released photographs today of the fifth generation iPad's redesigned chassis. Dickson was the first person to reveal reliable photos of the iPhone 5c prior to its launch, and it looks as though this is a trend we can expect from him in the future.