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5 Hot Apple Rumors


Facebook, Corning, and Microsoft, oh my!

So many rumors are swirling about what Apple (AAPL) plans to do. Here's a quick recap of the five most prevalent.

1. Apple will unveil Apple TV. The origins of this rumor come from a China Daily news report, which indicated that Terry Gou, CEO of Apples' Chinese partner Foxconn, had said that his company was preparing to manufacture the much-anticipated Apple TV. It turns out, however, that the report was not entirely accurate. The company released a statement on Monday to The Next Web downplaying the story, saying that "[a]ny reports that Foxconn confirmed that it is preparing to produce a specific product for any customer are not accurate." Fueling the rumor were comments on the Boy Genius Report by Jonathan Geller that he had heard an Apple TV would be unveiled at Apple's Developer Conference on June 11. An Apple TV would most likely resemble an Apple monitor and could include Siri voice controls, iSight cameras, and be HDTV compatible.

2. The third-generation iPad will be equipped with the artificial-intelligence system Siri as early as this fall.
Even if the iPad becomes Siri-enabled, others are saying it will only be available on the latest model that came out in March (dubbed the Best Tablet On Earth). Older generations (including all Apple devices) capable of upgrading to the new operating system won't have a crack at it.

3. Apple will partner with Facebook (FB). The origins of this rumor are comments that Apple CEO Tim Cook made at the D10 conference. Basically, Cook said the relationship was tight, and "I think we can do more with them. So stay tuned...." Presumably this would debut with the next version of iOS.
4. Apple will have a shatterproof screen. This rumor heated up due to Monday's announcement by Corning (GLW) that it was introducing flexible Willow Glass. "Corning Gorilla Glass will enable thin, light and cost-efficient applications including today's slim displays and smart surfaces of the future," the company said. "The thinness, strength, and flexibility of the glass has the potential to enable displays to be 'wrapped' around a device or structure." Previously it was expected that Apple would use Corning's Gorilla Glass 2.

5. Another rumor with links to the Boy Genius Report: Apple will unveil an Office app for the iPad on November 10. In this post Jonathan Geller says he "has learned fom a reliable source that Microsoft (MSFT) is currently planning to release the company's full Office suite for not only Apple's iPad, but for Android (GOOG) tablets as well. The company is targeting November of this year for both launches. Additionally, our source has seen Microsoft Office running on an iPad firsthand and has said that it looks almost identical to the previous leak from The Daily a few months back, despite the fact that Microsoft flat out denied that the app was authentic. It is also plausible that Microsoft Office will be coming to the iPhone and iPod touch rather than only the iPad, as we're told the loading screen in the app clearly said 'Office for iOS' and not just iPad."

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