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Apple Rumors: The iPhone 5, A New MacBook Air, The End Of MacBook Pro, And More

First Posted: 03/19/2012 2:30 pm   Updated: 03/19/2012 2:30 pm

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 the Mac blogs were excited about during the week of February 5 - 11. Check out our last edition of Apple rumors here, and for all the latest follow me on Twitter right here.

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Perhaps you have heard of the myth of Sisyphus? Sisyphus was a King of Corinth who was punished to push an enormous stone up a hill, only to have it roll back down that hill; he would then have to push it up the hill again. He repeated this tedious, back-breaking task into eternity: Push the stone up, watch it fall down, push the stone up, watch it fall down, push the stone up, watch it fall down.

Speaking of which: With the latest iPad having been unveiled, let us now move on to iPhone rumors! Unverified reports about this iPhone have been swirling for a good 13 months now, making them, in some sense, more successful than any relationship I've ever been in. Many still think that this iPhone, possibly to be released in October or thereabouts, will be the slimmer, lighter, 4-inch iPhone that was rumored to come out last October. (It didn't, as you'll recall -- the iPhone 4S has a 3.5-inch display and is not a 4G device, no matter what AT&T tells you).

Now, add another rumor to the pile: Taiwanese publication DigiTimes claims that Apple's next iPhone will be 4G LTE enabled, a safer bet given that the iPad 3 new iPad comes with the option for 4G. 4G is perhaps more important for the iPhone than it is for the iPad, given the range of non-WiFi locations we use it in -- Apple has been battling design constraints and battery problems to get its smartphone 4G-equipped.

Given the prevalence of faster 4G smartphones, and the presence of 4G LTE on the latset iPad, I'd be very surprised if the next iPhone didn't follow the iPad 3 into 4G world.

Speaking of the iPad 3: You're probably sick of reading about it (actually, probably not, if you clicked on this and made it this far), but if you AREN'T, then you will be incredibly pleased to know that...
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