An "unproven source" delivered a tip that Apple is considering buying Barnes & Noble for approximately $1.5 billion. Interesting idea, as Apple could absorb B&N's vast ebook library into iBooks, and possibly convert several of the retail stores into new Apple stores.
Apple certainly has the money, could this be one of the "strategic opportunities" Steve Jobs was alluding to?
As Apple continues to pile on the cash, so do the rumors that surround just what the company intends to do with it. At $76.2 billion in cash and securities, something has to give at some point, right? Two people familiar with the auction of the Hulu online video service have revealed that Apple may be putting some of that cash to use shortly.
Thanks to some digging in the SDK, it appears users will be able to pair a Bluetooth keyboard with their Apple TV when iOS 5 is released. The findings indicate the option will be available on the $99 Apple TV, and could herald the coming of some real apps for the set top device.
Safari on a HD widescreen TV? Yes please. We can dream, right?
It's not an iPad 3, but rumors are flying that another iPad might be on the horizon. A report just out today from Joshua Topolsky at This is My Next claims that a new member to the iPad family will be released this fall, with features designed for the professional market. Think of it as a cousin to the iPad 2, but with more money and a better house.
This alleged new iPad, possibly named iPad HD, will deliver a higher resolution screen (2048 x 1536), launch alongside an iPad version of Aperture or Final Cut, and will be aimed at the professionals and "prosumers" in the film industry, according to the report.
What may have once been a "hobby" for Apple, could begin to turn into something more than, if a new rumor from a former executive is to be believed. Reportedly Apple would team up with a major OEM to begin to distribute iOS-powered, Apple-branded television displays.
Buyers who have long been eager for the white iPhone 4, may get their due this week according to a new report. Apple reportedly began this weekend preparing their retail segment for an imminent launch of the white iPhone 4 model, which if true, would bring to an end a long wait for consumers since last July.
According to component suppliers in Asia, Apple has yet to release a production roadmap for the iPhone 5. This happens well in advance of the release of a product, as the suppliers need time to manufacture the appropriate components. The fact that this hasn't happened yet flies in the face of rumours that the iPhone 5 would be released this summer.
Perhaps the above could be one of the reasons we may see a later than usual release of the next generation of the iPhone? During an interview with The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg, Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer may have subtly given away plans for an eight-megapixel camera in the iPhone 5.
While yesterday's rumor mill seemed to circle around the next version of OS X, today's highlights the next version of iOS. The latest scuttlebutt is that iOS 5 may not see the light of day until this fall. Instead of Apple possibly unveiling the latest version this spring, we may not see an official preview until summer, possibly alongside WWDC.