The phrase, "You can't tell the players without a score card"
in the late 1800s with baseball vendors trying to hawk their
5-cent player lists to fans.
The words live on, often used in business to help identify the
"players" which can range from executives to products.
Enter, Apple (NASDAQ:
) and the growing plethora of rumored products "in development"
(some real, some imagined) by the Cupertino-based company.
To help sort things out, here is an Apple Rumor Roundup
Scorecard, a handy list of several of the latest and greatest
products being discussed in the blogosphere and elsewhere.
iTV- Dan Grabham, of
says a full-blown, actual, honest to goodness television set,
made by Apple is in the works. He discusses the release date
(2013), price ($1500-$2000), specs (32, 42 and 55 inches) and
Cult of Mac
says it will include both Siri and iSight - voice and face
iWatch- A Dick Tracy-like watch, radio, cellphone, etc. has
been discussed widely.
The Full Signal
has the latest. Said to be more of an iPhone supplement than
standalone, although it will reportedly have music and
time-telling capabilities that don't require the phone.
has photos and a suggested June 2013 release date for the widely
rumored "more affordable" iPhone.
is all over this one. It says the components to the iPhone 5S,
which will reportedly include a higher megapixel camera and
faster processor, will ship in May 2013.
iPhone 6- Although the iPhone 5s isn't out - or even confirmed
by Apple yet - rumors of the iPhone 6 abound.
says the most prevalent rumors call for a late 2013 release.
Based on patent applications, iPhone 6 features might include
the ability to make 3D video conference calls and tactile
feedback Tactile feedback would enable users to feel vibrations,
heat, electrical shock, visual indications, and other types of
iPhone Math- Now, we're really skating close to the edge.
mentions a report on Japanese website Commercial Times that
discusses a new 4.8" iPhone, called Math. Computerworld rightly
notes that the name makes no sense - unless it's a pre-production
code name. The main feature of such a device would have to be the
larger screen size - and not much else.
rounds out the scorecard with the remaining rumored products that
have yet to see the light of day - or Apple Stores.
15 inch MacBook Air- Some say this one is DOA with the arrival
of the Retina Macbooks. The argument is also made that the whole
point of the MacBook Air line is to provide an option for people
who do not require a 15-inch laptop. At any rate, for now it's
Retina (expensive, yes) or nothing.
iPad 5- Gizmodo thinks the iPad upgrade will be out in the
fall of 2013. The real debate is over which feature (or features)
would entice people to buy one in the first place.
reports that both the iPad Mini (below) and the iPad 5 will
feature Retina display.
The prediction is based on an intercepted Apple note to
developers. KnowYourMobile also says the iPad 5 will feature
Sharp's IGZO technology, allowing for a slimmer, lighter
iPad Mini with Retina Display- Both Gizmodo and KnowYourMobile
expect the next Mini to feature Retina display. It will require a
processor upgrade, but Gizmodo points out that even a tiny bump
in specs would allow that. While KnowYourMobile anticipates a
fall 2013 release, Gizmodo says a late June launch is possible.
Cable-like Set-Top Box- Not to be confused with Apple TV,
which is already a set-top box. This rumored device would allow
for streaming network and other content similar to the way a
cable or streaming video service does. Gizmodo thinks the more
likely scenario is an update to the existing Apple TV - perhaps
even with apps.
Streaming Radio Service- Apple has long been rumored to be
aiming it sights on Pandora (NYSE:
) and other streaming radio service providers. The likely speed
bump is "licensing." Gizmodo points to "radio buy" files with
accompanying icons recently found in jail-broken iPads as an
indication that devices are already coded - just waiting for the
lawyers to catch up.
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