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iPad 5 rumor rollup for the week ending Sept. 25

The rainbow tablet, price expectations, MS Office, stolen goods

By , Network World
September 26, 2013 09:23 AM ET

Network World - With the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 widely expected next month, the iOSphere still isn't willing to admit that it doesn't know anything about what will be in them, apart from iOS 7. Perhaps that's why colors and pseudo-analysis loomed large in the past week.

New photos revealed rear housings in space gray and silver; one analysis concluded that Apple will price the next iPads just like it prices the current iPads; another post breathlessly assured us of rumors and hints that Microsoft Office would come to the iPad because, as it turns out, Microsoft said it plans to do that. And some guy in a YouTube video brandished Next iPad components, blissfully unaware that they could only have been stolen by someone far down the supply chain.

Yesterday I showed you some components from what will be the next generation iPad, or the iPad 5 if you want to call it that. But those are not the only components I received. I also got this [brandishing a smaller rear housing] right here, and if you can’t tell already, this is the backplate for what will be the next generation of iPad mini.

iPad 5 will be available in new colors, if space gray and silver are colors

Down Under Leak Star Sonny Dickson posted new photos of what he says are the iPad 5, in two new colors, space gray and silver.

So far, no sign of champagne gold.

Dickson’s misleading headline is “Hands-On With the iPad 5 in Space Gray And Silver!” 

The reason it’s misleading is that he apparently doesn’t actually have the components in his hands, which would explain the lack of details in his post, including even something as basic as measuring the cases’ dimensions.

Dickson was interviewed earlier this month by Reuters, which must have been a real boost for a teen-aged ego. He told the news service that he has “five to 10 sources in China who buy Apple prototype parts directly from factory-line workers, which are then sold from $250 to $500.”

Astoundingly, Reuters didn’t press him about the implications of that statement, which at first blush sounds like a straight-forward business transaction. Like walking into a Chinese “Prototype Depot” and buying two iPad 5 rear housing prototypes, and getting one free. Except that what he’s actually saying is “My sources bribe factory workers to turn over equipment that they steal, either from their employer or from Apple.”

It’s still unclear whether Dickson any longer physically receives any of these components. According the Reuters story, his sources now only send Dickson “photos and videos of the parts, which are posted under his name on his website and YouTube channel, which generate ad revenue.” The Rollup doesn’t pretend to know anything about Chinese or Australian law but it’s at least interesting to wonder if any statutes are relevant to profiting from stolen property that Dickson is careful to not actually receive himself.

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