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This Week In Apple Rumors: iPad 3, iPad Mini, And Android's Siri

First Posted: 12/18/11 04:50 PM ET   Updated: 12/18/11 04:51 PM ET

Every week the numerous blogs covering the machinations of the Apple empire float tons of unconfirmed rumors, futuristic speculation, and questionably-sourced reports on what the company might be unveiling in the near or distant future. Let's take a look back at what these Mac blogs were excited about this week, from December 11 - 17. Check out last week's Apple rumors here, and for all the latest, follow me on Twitter here.

The iPad 3 Could Feature A 'Major Redesign!'
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Just days after I published an article full of evidence that the iPad 3 was going to look very similar to the iPad 2, the Internet Apple rumor machine fired itself up from sleep and presented us this: A picture of what is supposedly a part in the next iPad 3, one that just might indicate a total redesign! (Sigh.)

What you are looking at (above) is a "microphone flex cable," reportedly from the iPad 3. The image was posted on Chinese parts retailer TVC-Mall. Here's what Mike over at Cydia Blog, the "#1 blog on jailbreak," thinks this photo indicates:

The new part, when compared with iPad 2, shows a different arrangement in internal circuitry, hinting a major re-design. The tail end of the part makes a "U-turn", whereas the iPad 2′s Microphone Mic Flex Cable makes almost 90-degree turn both ways. Except for few details, the leaked part so far doesn't offer a tantalizing tease.


I am inclined to believe him, as I am unskilled at the art of extrapolating an entire product's design based on an internal part I couldn't identify in a million years.

Rumors of a wholesale redesign of the iPad 3 are probably the last thing Apple wants in the days leading up to Christmas, especially given the company's stance that rampant rumormongering hurt sales of its iPhone in the months before the announcement of the iPhone 4S; and yet here we are, fantasizing about a totally different iPad 3, based on a supposed microphone flex cable.

Really, though, these are Apple rumors we're talking about. Why dream about what a product might look like based on a questionable internal part, when we could be dreaming about what a product might look like based on total speculation and wishful thinking? Read on for more!
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