Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to This Week In Apple Rumors, our regular look back at all of the week's unconfirmed gossip, questionably-sourced reports, and blatant speculation about future Apple products from around the Web! Let's take a look back at what the various Apple blogs and websites were excited about in the past week, from September 9 - 15. Check out our previous edition of Apple rumors here, and for all the latest you can follow me on Twitter right here.
With The iPhone 5 A Reality, Attention Turns To The iPad Mini
Now that the iPhone 5 has transformed from Mystery Unicorn Device-cum-Internet fantasy, it appears as though <strong>This Week In Apple Rumors</strong> will be shifting its focus to another long-predicted-yet-totally-unconfirmed Apple product: The iPad Mini. It's odd that we're gearing up for it, because here's the thing: Apple generally waits three to four months in between press conferences before holding another one; it's a canny way to make sure people don't get sick of them, or start to feel like its keynotes aren't a special occasion. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, as they say: Just ask Richard Nixon, Terrence Malick or the Furby. Every indication, however, seems to be that Apple is, as we speak, blowing up balloons and baking pigs-in-a-blanket in preparation for an event to be held in one month, in October, at which it'll unveil a smaller, cheaper iPad (the iPad Mini, to you and me). AllThingsD, which has a close relationship to Apple, <a href="http://allthingsd.com/20120825/confirmed-new-ipad-mini-will-debut-in-october-after-latest-iphones-september-bow/" target="_hplink">cited "several sources" in "confirming" that</a> Apple will hold an iPad Mini event in October; Jim Dalrymple and Jon Gruber -- both of whom are buddy-buddy with the Apple corporation -- <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/12/08/23/apple_may_launch_next_gen_iphone_ipad_mini_at_two_separate_media_events.html" target="_hplink">have suggested the same</a>. So, what do we know about this iPad Mini, a new mockup of which (pictured here, looking like you'd imagine a pint-sized iPad) made its Interweb debut last week? Now that we're all totally hungover from the iPhone 5 <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/12/the-apple-iphone-5-event-drinking-game_n_1865300.html" target="_hplink">and/or mass tequila consumption</a>, let's take a breather, eat 10 Advil and refresh our knowledge of the apparently forthcoming iPad Mini...
Here's What The iPad Mini Could Look Like, Compared To The iPad, iPhone 5, And iPhone 4S
A comparison of (alleged) cases from the previous week shows what Apple might be trying to accomplish with the iPad mini: You're looking at an iPhone 4S, a case for the iPhone 5, a case for the iPad Mini, and a case for the iPad (Maxi?). The display will apparently be 7.85 inches across, <a href="http://www.techradar.com/us/news/mobile-computing/tablets/apple-ipad-mini-to-launch-before-years-end-say-reports-1088005" target="_hplink">using the same technology</a> as that on the (non-Retina) iPad 2: That's to keep costs down, as <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-03/here-comes-nexus-7-nightmare-the-ipad-mini.html" target="_hplink">Apple is said to want to keep the price between $250 and $300</a> in order to battle the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7, both of which start at $200. That would seem to be an odd move for Apple, however: Its last three events have all boasted Retina devices as flagship produts (iPhone 5, Retina MacBook Pro, <strike>iPad 3</strike> new iPad). Would introducing a non-Retina iPad Mini constitute a step backward, or an admission that a "Retina" screen isn't as important as price?
And Here's The Back Of That Casing
<a href="http://www.nowhereelse.fr/ipad-mini-maquette-photos-70841/" target="_hplink">Via Nowhereelse.fr</a>, here's the (alleged) back of the (alleged) iPad Mini. We can expect the device to feature at least a front-facing camera, to match those on the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire and to enable video-chatting (FaceTime, in AppleSpeak). This casing suggests a rear camera, too, to enable <strike>idiotic photo-taking with a tablet</strike> more ways to capture photos of the ones you love. Also suggested: The Lightning dock connector, on bottom, which you should now expect on every new Apple device for many, many years, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2012/09/12/phil-schiller-interview-on-nfc-wireless-charging-and-the-lightning-dock-connector-for-many-years-to-come/" target="_hplink">according to Apple's Phil Schiller</a>. With the iPad Mini supposedly one month away from its debut, you'll be seeing more of these leaks in the coming weeks: Apple -- despite having <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/tim-cook-apple-itv-d10_n_1554590.html" target="_hplink">"doubled down" on secrecy</a> -- was unable to prevent the entirety of the iPhone 5, and just about every secret about it, from leaking out to the press before its unveiling.
Could Siri Be Heading To The iMac?
Finally this week: Siri, the love-it-or-hate-it voice assistant/meteorologist on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, could be expanding her device list soon: A <a href="http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2012/09/apple-patents-point-to-siri-controlling-itunes-on-an-imac-more.html" target="_hplink">recently granted Apple patent discovered by Patently Apple</a> (which tracks Apple patents) shows that Apple may be preparing its iMac line (which is due, you might remember, for a refresh, probably in October) for Siri. Apple's OS X Mountain Lion -- its latest operating system for desktop and laptop -- already comes with a voice-to-text feature called Dictation, which allows the user to press a button and speak the words into any text field, in any program, on the Mac. The patent in question here would let you control iTunes using Siri. Finally, we'll all be able to scream at our computers that we wanted "Let It Be(1985)" not "Let It Be (1970)." That's all for This Week In Apple Rumors, iPhone 5 Hangover Edition. Make sure to join us next week, when the Bloody Mary will have hopefully kicked in.
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