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.
Most rumors agree that Apple's next big reveal will be a 12.9-inch "iPad Pro," but according to a respected analyst, production hiccups may keep Apple from mass producing the device until the second fiscal quarter of next year. And that's not all; Kuo also has some rather grim sales projections for Apple's entire tablet line.
Taiwan's Economic Daily News has been on a roll with sketchy news lately. Just this Monday the site claimed that Apple is ditching the iPad mini forever in favor of the still-rumored "iPad Pro," and now it's claiming that Apple is on the verge of designing an iPhone with a glasses-free 3D display. It's a tough sell, especially since the recent resurgence of enthusiasm for 3D technology already appears to be on the wane.
The runaway success of the iPhone 6 Plus no doubt proves to Apple that big is in, but is that success enough to make the Cupertino company turn its back on one of its most highly rated devices? Apparently so, according to a dubious new rumor from Taiwan's Economy Daily News, which claims that Apple plans to discontinue the device in favor of the long-rumored, gigantic 12.2-inch "iPad Pro."
Apple made us wait a while for Apple Pay, but now that the service is out of the gate, a new rumor suggests that the company is already preparing to release the loyalty rewards program that was reportedly scheduled for a late 2015 release. According to Bank Innovation, we could see it in time for the holiday shopping season.
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.
Persistent rumors over the last few months have suggested that we'll see a Retina MacBook Air at the media event on Thursday, October 16, but one report claims that we shouldn't get our hopes up. According to sources, Apple has no plans to unveil the device at the event.
A dubious rumor started making the rounds this afternoon that Apple is planning to make an operating system for its rumored 12.9-inch iPad that includes elements of both OS X and iOS. This is allegedly one of two prototypes for the large tablet: one currently sports only iOS in the style of previous iPads, and the other is the "2-for-1 device" described above.
There's a new Apple event on the way, or so a new report claims, and this time we won't be seeing the fanfare of surprise U2 performances and massive reveals that characterized last month's event. Apple instead has something a little more low-key in mind, and reportedly the company will content itself with the launch of the new iPads, iMacs, and OS X Yosemite.
We've heard a lot about the new iPhones and the upcoming iWatch over the last couple of weeks, but today it's time for the iMac to shine. Specifically, Apple reportedly plans to release a 27-inch Retina iMac with a resolution of 5120 x 2880, and it's possible that we'll see it as early as a media event next month.