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iPad 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Sept. 17

Oct. 15 formula, feel the love, 64-bit forecast, look-alikes

By , Network World
September 18, 2013 03:54 PM ET

Network World - The iOSphere is thrilled to a report, or more accurately to gossip that forecasts Oct. 15 as the date on which the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 will be revealed in all their glory. Last year, the first iPad mini was unveiled Oct. 23, so Halloween comes early this year.

Also this week: a look at anti-reflective display technology in an Apple patent and how Apple could gain the love of hate-filled consumers by using it in the next iPads; the daring prediction that the Next iPads will, like the iPhone 5S, have 64-bit processors; and new photos show how the new iPads will be identical except for their size.

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The big rumor for the iPad Mini 2 is that it will go retina. Personally, I think that there needs to be a second half to this rumor — a nice surprise in the iPad Mini 2′s price. Apple can ill afford to jack up the price of the iPad Mini 2, even with a retina display, so I predict that Tim Cook will brag about how they added retina to the Mini 2 but kept the price the same. (Thanks ahead of time, Timmy, but the iPad Mini should have been under $300 in the first place.) The real challenge for Apple this year will be to see if they can rekindle mainstream interest in the iPad proper, and not have the iPad Mini continue to cannibalize sales.

iPad 5 to be announced Oct. 15

In astounding display of rumor hubris, an offhand comment has almost the entire iOSphere in thrall to the conviction that the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The date was contained in the third paragraph, of a three-paragraph post [via Google Translate] at the French-language Apple fan site MacGeneration.  

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The headline is “Stocks at the lowest [for] iMac and a special event on October 15th” and leads with a claim that the next iMac will be in short supply. It ends with this: “According to the latest gossip, Apple held a special event again around October 15. The Cupertino company will present the new iPad - as she takes the opportunity to say a word about the Mac Haswell?”

MacGeneration gives no hint as to where it heard this gossip.

Mark Gurman cleverly inverted that post (and displayed his grasp of French by using the word “rumeur”) and elevated “gossip” into “information” and even a “report.” Here’s the headline to his own post at 9to5Mac: “Rumeur: Apple’s next event to be held on October 15th?”

“According to France-based MacGeneration, which has offered both accurate and inaccurate information in the past, Apple’s next media event will be held on Tuesday, October 15th,” Gurman writes. “Apple is expected to debut a series of new products by the end of this year, including multiple new iPad models, several new Macs, OS X Mavericks, and perhaps an update to Apple TV hardware.”

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