Device unveiling expected next week
Rumors and leaks surrounding Google's next-generation Nexus handset and the forthcoming Android 4.4 update have continued to roll in. The latest screenshots appear to show a KitKat build running on a Nexus 5, with an integrated tap-to-pay feature for making local payments via NFC.
First S5 rumors on the heels of S4 launch
Alleged details of Samsung's next-generation Galaxy S handset are already surfacing in early rumors, just months after the Galaxy S4 was released to the public. A report in Korea's Electronic Times News, later spotted by BGR, claims the S5 will feature a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization (OIS).
Haswell iMac expected first
Apple is allegedly experiencing production delays for its rumored iPhone 5S, according to a KGI Securities investor note posted by AppleInsider. The next-generation handset is said to be delayed due to hiccups with assembly and availability of "numerous components," pushing the expected shipment time-frame back to late September.
Teaser video promises 'something new'
Next month's Consumer Electronics Show may see the introduction of a new entry in Samsung's Galaxy line of Android-powered devices. That seems to be the takeaway from a new teaser video released by Samsung on Sunday, which doesn't reveal much in the way of details, but definitely points to CES 2013 and contains imagery suggestive of a new Galaxy device. The video (shown below) promises viewers that "something new" will be revealed beginning January 8 through January 11 next year, the same dates for which the Consumer Electronics Show is scheduled.
Analysts suggests streamlined offerings
Apple may phase out its second-generation iPad after the rumored iPad mini arrives on the market, according to Evercore Partners analyst Rob Cihra. In a note circulated to investors, Cihra further suggests Apple may sell approximately 7 million iPad mini tablets in the fourth quarter, of approximately 26 million iPad sales overall.
Staff hire said to cost several million
Contradicting earlier rumors, Apple may not have moved to fully acquire the social video startup Color Labs. Unnamed sources have told AllThingsD that Apple's interest in the company is limited to the engineering team, which is said to have been acquired for $2 million to $5 million, rather than a complete company buyout worth "double-digit" millions.
Aspect ratio may match full-size iPad
Images posted by parts dealer ETrade Supply are claimed to show the display panel and battery for the rumored iPad mini. Although various leaks have generally agreed on a display size around seven inches, the aspect ratio and resolution has been disputed. The latest leak points to a 4:3 layout, which would match the full-size iPads, while the panel itself measures 162mm x 124mm—just shy of eight inches from corner to corner.
Cases allegedly show up at Australian store
Corroborating recent rumors, several iPad mini cases have allegedly arrived ahead of schedule at a retailer in Australia. Although case leaks from small companies are typically dubious, Product Feedback claims to have received iPad mini cases produced and packaged by Cygnett, a relatively large company in the accessory business, rather than a prototype built by a startup.
Microsoft phone said to be in testing already
Microsoft is said to be working on its own branded smartphone, a device different in some manner from Nokia's Lumia 920 and HTC's Windows Phone 8X, as well as other models from Microsoft's hardware partners. Rumors of the new device began emerging earlier this week, but now WPcentral cites reliable -- though unnamed -- sources affirming that the software giant is working on and testing its own Windows Phone 8 hardware. Should a Microsoft smartphone materialize, it would represent the second major foray by the company into the making of mobile hardware, after this summer's introduction of the company's Surface tablets.
Samsung dismisses report as 'media speculation'
Samsung has dismissed earlier reports that the company would be releasing the follow up to this year's Galaxy S III early next year. In a post to the company's Twitter feed, the South Korean electronics giant called reports that the Galaxy S IV would be revealed in February "media speculation" and "not true." The supposed Galaxy S IV leak was viewed by some as a means of mitigating the hype surrounding the iPhone 5 following that device's phenomenal performance in pre-order sales over the weekend.
Blurry images do not shed light on chosen processor
Following on the heels of several alleged iPhone leaks, several photos published by Chinese site Sina are claimed to show the logic board for Apple's next-generation smartphone. The slightly blurry images appear to be taken before the board has made its way through the manufacturing process, lacking shielding but without providing visual confirmation of the chosen processor.
Customers waiting for next device
Apple executives have admitted that persistent rumors surrounding its upcoming devices, such as the sixth-generation iPhone, have had a negative impact on sales. After several years of stellar performance and beating Wall Street forecasts, the company failed to meet analyst expectations for its latest fiscal quarter. When pressed by analysts, chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer cited the strong US dollar, economic conditions and ongoing rumors as its biggest challenges.
Various sizes said to include 10'' model
Adding to the rumors surrounding an expanded Kindle lineup, a Staples executive suggests Amazon is preparing to launch five to six new tablets. In an interview with Reuters, Staples' US retail president, Demos Parneros, claims the upcoming offerings will include several different sizes, including a 10-inch variant.
Some staff said to be asked to work late on June 5
Apple is reportedly preparing some of its retail staff to work late shifts ahead of the company's Worldwide Developers Conference. Unnamed sources have also told AppleInsider company representatives arrived unannounced at some retail locations, using access codes and keys to gain entry to the local server rooms. The Cupertino staffers allegedly brought a mysterious "black box" and briefly locked themselves in the server rooms without further explanation.
Refreshed Galaxy to get massive marketing push
With the official announcement of Samsung's Galaxy S III drawing nearer, rumors and speculation abound. Now, BGR claims information on the device's specifications and capabilities, as well as the marketing push that may accompany its launch.
Reports center around Ivy Bridge, anti-glare glass
Mac users expecting a spring refresh of some notebook and desktop models may have to wait a bit longer, if the latest rumors are to be believed. DigiTimes, quoting a report from China's Economic Daily News, says that supplier checks now indicate that due to late April availability of some Ivy Bridge chips, Apple plans to launched refreshed iMac and MacBook Pro models near the end of the company's fiscal second quarter, which ends in June.
Authenticity of spec sheet remains unclear
A broader range of potential specifications for Canon's EOS 5D Mark III camera may have leaked ahead of schedule. Corroborating earlier rumors, a leaked spec sheet posted on Canon Rumors suggests the DSLR will be outfitted with a 22-megapixel sensor and 61-point autofocus system. Fresh details point to a new Digic 5+ image processor, rather than the company's existing Digic 5 chip, and an ISO range that tops out at 102400.
Latest rumor pointing to imminent launch
Apple is allegedly preparing to refresh its MacBook Pro notebook lineup sometime next week, unnamed sources have told 9to5Mac. Several recent reports appear to corroborate the same rumor, though the latest details suggest the launch event may be imminent.
Supports rumor of mid-October release
A source allegedly involved in the filming has told AppleInsider that Apple's ad agency is now shooting ad spots for the iPhone 5 national campaign -- but the filming isn't slated to wrap up until early October, supporting rumors of a mid-October or later release. The report says filming is taking place in Los Angeles under the auspices of TBWAChiatDay, Apple's long-time ad agency. Apple has been known to film its phone commercials roughly five weeks in advance.
Benchmarks show 1.5GHz processor
HTC's rumored Vigor device has reportedly resurfaced in a NenaMark benchmark, which may point to several features. The handset benchmark, which carries the same ADR6425 model number from earlier leaks, suggests the rumored device may integrate a display with 720p resolution. The results also list Verizon as the carrier, corroborating vague details from the initial rumors.
Options apparently won't be on the table near-term
Reports earlier today of a black MacBook Air prototype -- which later raised doubts -- are "grounded in truth" but won't be appearing anytime soon, says a tipster to MacRumors. A "powder coating" process was used to make prototypes, but flaws were discovered that made the idea untenable, the source claims.
Name expected to be tied to upcoming tablet
Contrary to recent rumors surrounding the name of Toshiba's upcoming tablet, the company has filed to trademark the term 'Thrive' for an upcoming device specifically described as a "tablet computer." An Engadget report also points out that the company has established a range of domain names that include the term, including ToshibaThrive.com and ThriveTablet.com.
Device expected to ship soon
Nikon's rumored D5100 DSLR has allegedly surfaced in a leaked image that appears to have been accidentally included in a recent PR event held in Korea. The photo, which was posted by Nikon Rumors, does not provide enough detail to spot any new features, though it does show a side-mount swivel that is said to replace the D5100's bottom-mount design.
Launch said to be through "All Channels"
Wirefly and yet another leaked memo appear to corroborate several existing rumors pointing to March 17 as the launch date for HTC's Thunderbolt handset. An alleged screenshot of a Verizon equipment guide, which was posted on Droid Life, shows the 17th as the carrier's launch date for the Thunderbolt sold through "all channels."
Latest unconfirmed rumor surrounding next-gen iPad
Apple's next-generation iPad continues to be the focus of new rumors, the latest of which suggests the device may be ready to ship by the end of March. The information, which was posted on 9to5Mac, clearly fits among other unconfirmed and uncorroborated details, though the timing would mimic the launch schedule for the original iPad.
'Geniuses' to take phone calls or house calls
Despite rumors that Apple's retail staff are set to be briefed on new MacBook Pros, separate sources suggest the employees actually will receive information regarding new services titled 'Joint Venture.' If true, the information posted by Boy Genius Report appears to confirm an expansion of Genius Bar services, which were first hinted at a year ago when Apple filed to trademark the term.
Apple still expanding list of display vendors
Several sources in Apple's supply chain in Taiwan have cast doubt on rumors surrounding a seven-inch iPad, as the display vendors have yet to receive inquiries or orders from Apple for seven-inch touchscreen panels, according to a DigiTimes report.
Evo Shift 4G said to be labeled the Knight
Samsung's Nexus S handset may integrate a unique touchscreen panel based on a concave glass panel, unnamed sources have told Engadget. The curvature of the display may have been difficult to spot in earlier leaks, however the unique structure became apparent when the device was teased this week by Google CEO Eric Schmidt at the Web 2.0 conference.
Handset expected to cost €559 outside of contract
HTC's HD7 smartphone has reportedly resurfaced in another inventory system with a launch date of October 18. The latest leak, posted by WMPoweruser, appears to show an inventory screenshot for O2's German branch.
Sources debate which iPod will feature the LCD
The purported touchscreen for the next iPod nano has surfaced yet again in a new video, which also shows the alleged LCD cover for the next iPod touch. The video appears to show the same 1.7-inch touchscreen that has been linked in earlier rumors to the next-generation iPod nano or Shuffle, although the most recent reports lean toward a shrunken Nano.
DSLR extends features beyond flagship E-3
Olympus may be preparing to announce a new flagship DSLR, the E-5, at the Photokina expo next month in Germany. The camera will reportedly retain the 12-megapixel sensor of the current E-3, along with the 4/3 lens mount, an unnamed source has told 4/3 Rumors. Olympus reportedly designed the E-5 to compete directly with Nikon's D300s and Canon's 7D.
Timing for Verizon iPhone still uncertain
Amid ongoing rumors of a Verizon-badged iPhone, Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber claims that Apple has maintained a CDMA iPhone "skunkworks" project for a long time. Gruber suggests the company may have always had a CDMA iPhone project, despite continuing an exclusive agreement with AT&T.
Employees only restricted in June, not July
AT&T has allegedly barred employees from scheduling vacation time in June, likely ensuring a full staff when the next iPhone arrives on the market. Although the carrier has enforced similar policies for past iPhone launches, unnamed sources have told the Boy Genius Report that the current restriction does not extend into July.
Framework includes several new camera functions
Apple's fourth-generation iPhone may integrate a camera flash module for capturing pictures in low-light conditions. Developers reportedly noticed a variety of new camera functions contained in the framework of the iPhone 4.0 beta released earlier on Thursday, according to AppleInsider. The code includes functions labeled AVCaptureDevice.hasFlash, AVCaptureDevice.flashMode, and AVCaptureDevice.hasTorch.
Leak corroborates earlier reports
A video posted by the repair company SmartPhoneMedic allegedly shows the LCD and digitizer assembly for an upcoming iPhone design. The components show a similar overall appearance to a glass facade recently obtained by a different repair company, iResQ. Side-by-side comparisons with an iPhone 3G display indicate a slightly longer design with the unconfirmed panels.
DSLR to add higher-res LCD, selectable FPS
Canon is allegedly ready to launch a new Rebel DSLR, the T2i, sometime next week, according to Canon Rumors. The unconfirmed report, coming from an unnamed source who is said to have previously provided accurate information, claims the device will offer a new LCD with even higher resolution, along with selectable FPS settings for video capture.
Jack Bauer to utilize the new device
Corroborating a number of earlier rumors, the Fox TV series 24 is reportedly set to feature an Apple tablet in one of the upcoming episodes, according to several tweets published by the show's director of photography, Rodney Charters. The device, referred to by Charters as the iSlate, will allegedly be utilized by the main character, Jack Bauer.
Book set for release early in February
The Dutch photography site Fotografie.nl has listed a new book for Apple's upcoming Aperture 3 software. The book, written by J.W. Elzenga, is set for release on or after February 15th, leading to speculation that Apple will introduce the software at its media event scheduled for January 27th.
Analysts consider stock undervalued
Apple stock (AAPL) on Thursday surged to a new record high amid rampant rumors surrounding the unconfirmed tablet device. Shares reached past $209 in late day trading, up approximately 10 percent in a single week. The stock has more than doubled in value since it bottomed out around $78 in January of this year.
Separate source hints to surprising interface
Although Apple head Steve Jobs had been rumored to scrap earlier tablet projects, an unnamed source within the company has told The New York Times that the CEO is now satisfied with the design. Despite the wide variety of rumors and speculation surrounding the device, another recently departed Apple worker suggests consumers will be "very surprised" with how they can interact with the new interface.
Slew of products said to be launched Tuesday
Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber and "Fake Steve Jobs" blogger Dan Lyons both suggest Apple is ready to launch new products tomorrow. Lyons claims there is "something brewing" for a news announcement tomorrow, although he declined to provide specific details on the products.
Tech utilizes positions and movement of full hand
Amid the growing rumors surrounding an Apple tablet, a patent has surfaced that involves hand gestures on a touchscreen much larger than the iPhone display. The technology, labeled as "Contact Tracking and Identification Module for Touch Sensing," appears to be an extension of the current Multi-Touch system, but integrates elements from two hands instead of several fingers.
Tchao back after 15 year hiatus
Apple has rehired a former employee, Michael Tchao, to serve as the vice president of product marketing after a 15 year hiatus, according to the New York Times. Spokesman Steve Dowling confirmed that Tchao will report to Phil Schiller, the senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.
Last-minute rumor suggests new Nano case material
On the eve of Apple's music-themed event, speculation regarding potential product announcements has lead to several fresh rumors. Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber mentions several claims suggesting the iPod nano might be updated with a redesigned case featuring "some sort of top-secret new material," adding to earlier reports of a camera upgrade.
Matte finish iPhone images
An additional image has surfaced that allegedly shows the back case of an iPhone with a matte finish. The photo, posted on MacRumors, appears to match an earlier leak indicating a new finish for an unconfirmed revision. The form factor does not appear to be changed from the existing 3G model. It is unknown if the company has chosen a different material, possibly metal, to construct the back case.
Apple in talks w/Verizon
Apple is reportedly in negotiations with Verizon to bring two new consumer devices to the US market. Following recent rumors of Verizon's bid to win the flagship iPhone exclusive (when Apple's contract with AT&T expires next year), the new BusinessWeek report says that Apple has been in talks for over six months to bring two "iPhone-like" devices to the market, one of which could surface as early as this summer. Simply called the "iPhone list" by one of the publication sources, the first device is a "smaller, less expensive calling device," while the other is a media pad that "would let users listen to music, view photos, and watch high-definition videos" and allow users to place calls over a Wi-Fi connection.
Haptic tech in Nokia phone
Nokia is expected to use VibeTonz technology from Immersion in up to three upcoming touchscreen phones, adding evidence to rumors that the devices are set for release sometime this year, according to TheStreet. People familiar with the plan claim that the thin handsets will be available as early as this fall. The lineup might include the touch-only 'Ivalo,' a successor to the N97 but without the slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Tuesday iMac, mini launch?
Leaked part numbers and several rumors suggest that Apple is ready to release new iMacs and Mac minis on Tuesday. French Mac-enthusiast site MacBidouille has posted four new iMac product model numbers, with MB417 representing the 20-inch entry-level system featuring a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo CPU and 2GB of RAM, while MB418 and MB419 designate the mid-range 24-inch systems with options for 2.66GHz or 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo processors and 4GB of RAM, and MB420 references the high-end 24-inch model with a 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo CPU and 4GB of RAM.
Next gen Mac mini video
In response to skeptics of the recent Mac mini image leak, MacRumors member 'monthy' has provided a video of the yet-unannounced device. The clip shows the same features as the image, notably a new port layout. The updated device offers a Mini DVI and Mini Displayport connection instead of the full-size DVI connector, while the FireWire 400 port has been upgraded to a FireWire 800 jack. A fifth USB port has also been added.
Analyst on iPhone nano
Apple will likely offer a new iPhone in the first half of 2009, with a lower price-point and new baseband processor, according to analyst Craig Berger of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. The forecast adds more fuel to the speculation of an iPhone "nano", to which Berger noted that "we believe this device is on its way." He expects the new phone to be preceded by a smaller version of the iPod shuffle that could be launched sometime in the first quarter of the year.