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Network World - The iOSphere is still conflicted over the iPad 5 and iPad mini dates, whether it’s the start date for mass manufacturing, for the product announcement, or the availability. Eventually, someone is bound to be right.
This week, most agreed that the Next iPads will not be announced on Sept. 10, which is now the widely expected date for the Next iPhone announcement. That leaves the rest of September, October, November and possibly December.
Almost as a reaction to the uncertainty over dates, some iOSpherians were elaborating on all the many ways in which the iPad 5 will “take after” the iPad mini.
Also this week, the fable about Apple parting ways with Foxconn for tablet assembly.
You read it here second.
“Apple is increasingly shifting away from doing business with vendors who are part of the competing Android ecosystem. Foxconn manufactures such tablets on the days it isn’t churning out iPads, and Apple has come to suspect that the factory may be leaking product secrets to vendors which Apple considers copycats.”
Phil Moore, StableyTimes, in a remarkably defamatory post that creates an entire fable from a few known facts, the absence of a few others, and from the substitution of insinuation for logic.
iPad 5, iPad mini 2 to be announced later this fall
While various media sources are reporting the Next iPhone, or iPhones, will be announced by Apple on Sept. 10, the announcement dates of the Next iPads is much less precise, and much less authoritative.
Bloomberg reporters Adam Satariano and Tim Culpan claim that “Updated iPad models, including an iPad with a thinner body design and an iPad mini with a high-resolution screen will be unveiled later” than Sept. 10.
Remarkably, their sources are “two people.” Maybe they met them in line while waiting for a latte at their local Starbucks.
The idea is that, just over a year after announcing iPad mini and the quietly updated fourth-generation full-sized iPad, Apple will introduce the follow-on models “in time for holiday shopping.” Clearly, that’s a good idea.
“The people” repeated to Bloomberg the widely and long accepted rumor that the new 9.7-inch iPad 5 will be modeled stylistically after the iPad mini – narrower bezels, rounded edges and so forth, which some bloggers still consider a major/radical/big redesign. And the people also say, again echoing conventional wisdom, that the iPad mini 2 will have a high resolution Retina display like the larger tablet. It’s impossible to tell from the Bloomberg story whether these “people” actually have evidence or proof of these claims, or whether they’re simply repeating what they’ve read in other rumor stories.
For Mark Gurman, at 9to5Mac, the Bloomberg story “has corroborated multiple reports regarding Apple’s next iPad and iPhone models.”
In other words, one more unsubstantiated post “confirm or give support to” numerous other unsubstantiated posts. Calling them “reports” blurs any meaningful distinction between actual reporting and simply rumoring.