CDMA iPhone and iPad 2 chatter grows ahead of Verizon’s January 11th announcement

By on January 10, 2011 at 7:52 AM.

CDMA iPhone and iPad 2 chatter grows ahead of Verizon’s January 11th announcement

Last Friday, technology-centric Internet sites exploded when news of a January 11th Verizon press conference broke. The nation’s largest wireless provider is expected to finally announce the highly-anticipated, oft-rumored, CDMA iPhone. Media outlets ranging from AllThingsD to the Wall Street Journal have emphatically proclaimed that an iPhone announcement is in the works. The publications have also reported that the unannounced device will have a truly unlimited data plan. Speculation is not, however, isolated to this one event and this one device. Digg founder Kevin Rose has thrown his hat into the ring with a next generation iPad prediction. Reporting on “good authority,” Mr. Rose notes:

Apple will be announcing the iPad 2 in the next “3-4 weeks”, possibly Tuesday February 1st. The iPad 2 will feature a retina display and front/back cameras.

Mr. Rose, who has speculated about Apple-specific announcements before and has a fairly reputable track record, did not offer any additional details about the device.

Whatever Verizon has planned, we’ll know at 11:00AM ET tomorrow.
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Rose Dishes More iTunes 8.0 Dirt

By on September 3, 2008 at 2:34 PM.

Rose Dishes More iTunes 8.0 Dirt

Smart playlists are sooooo 2007 – all the cool kids use genius playlists. Late last month, Kevin Rose shared some Apple rumors with us that have since gained a pretty huge amount of momentum. The iPod nano and Touch revisions are all but confirmed and it looks like pricing will be revisited as well. Then yesterday of course, Apple sent out some invites to a special “Let’s Rock” event to be held on September 9th. Let’s Rock you say? Sounds pretty focused; iPods and iTunes will almost certainly be the talking points. In the meatime however, Rose has handed out a bit more detail with regards to the iTunes 8.0 revision he spoke of in his video last month. Firstly, he described a new music recommendation feature that will be called genius playlists according to reports. Apparently iTunes 8.0 will be able to analyze certain qualities of a song and generate a playlist. It will be like having your own local Pandora; sort of. Less interestingly, Rose describes some new “trippy visualizations” that can accompany playback. It’s hard to care about that but since Rose claims to have seen them first hand it does give his claims some additional credibility.

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New Apple Rumors from Rose: New iPods, New iTunes, New OS X

By on August 23, 2008 at 11:19 AM.

New Apple Rumors from Rose: New iPods, New iTunes, New OS X

Alright, we know what you’re thinking; Rose wasn’t all that on point last time he dished about Apple. That’s true, but he has a decent track record and some of what he talks about in this latest round of link fishing coincides with rumors that have been floating around for a while. Let’s have a quick fly by:

  • New iPod nano – Rose claims that a new nano will drop before the end of next month with a completely redesigned form factor. Old stubby will go the way of the dinosaur and a tall slender new model will take its place. The new unit will also be much more rounded and will feature a widescreen display for viewing video with the device turned on its side. Pretty much in line with what’s been said before.
  • New iPod Touch – A minor revision in iPod Touch styling.
  • iPod Touch updated to 2.1, iPhone to follow – Supposedly the first major software revision since 2.0 was issued will be coming next month. Contrary to historical software updates, Rose claims that 2.1 will be released for the iPod Touch first and later issued to the iPhone. We’re not so sure about that one but crazier things have happened.
  • iPod price drops – Supposedly the entire the nano and the Touch lines will see price cuts to line them up beneath the $199 entry point of the iPhone. Shenanigans. While this might makes sense in theory, we doubt very much that we’ll see the 16 GB and 32 GB iPod Touch models drop below the $200 price point. Let’s not forget that the iPhone models are subsidized by AT&T. AT&T buys iPhone 3Gs for a whole lot more than we do.
  • iTunes 8.0 – According to Rose, we’ll see a major new iTunes revision before October with a whole bunch of new features.
  • OS X 10.5.6 – A bit further down the road, Apple is allegedly gearing up for OS X 10.5.6 which will include built-in Blu-Ray support. As such, Rose contends that we should be seeing MacBook Pros ship with integrated Blu-Ray players sometime in the future.

So either Kevo has been a busy little beaver digging up all this Apple dirt, or he was drunk and bored last night.

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Rose Dishes iPhone Rumors and Financial Advice

By on June 2, 2008 at 10:55 AM.

Rose Dishes iPhone Rumors and Financial Advice

Cewebrity Digg boy Kevin Rose has built an empire from the ground up, no question. Legions of fans get as excited for Diggnation as your girl got for the Sex and the City movie (our condolences for the loss of your manhood if you were dragged out to it). If it’s all the same though we’ll stick to our brokers for investment direction, thanks Kevin. Rose does love to dish an iPhone rumor here and there though, and a couple of things he tossed out in a quickie Seesmic video recently have piqued our interest. Well, not really, but maybe they’ll pique your interest. First off, Rose states that the 3G iPhone will be available next week. We’ve long since thought June 9th to be the official announcement date but according to Kev-o you can have your cake and eat it too. Secondly, rumors flew around for a while that the new 3G iPhone may be subsidized by AT&T and available for a measly $200 with a 2-year contract. According to Rose however, the 3G iPhone will come in around the current iPhone price point and the low-end iPhone (does he mean the current 3G-less model or a new low-end model? Your guess is as good as ours) will be subsidized and available at the $200 mark. Hmm.

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