Rumour Mill

Macworld Australia Staff
18 October, 2013
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Ready are you? What know you of ready?

Now that the 22 October date has been confirmed by Apple for its second media event of the season, everybody is ready for the expected focus on the next generation of tablets – the iPad 5 and the Retina display iPad mini. But while we’ve talked here before about the idea of the fifth-generation iPad boasting Touch ID just like its distant cousin (one, er, species removed) the quoted by MacRumors, is KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a bit of form in correct Apple predictions, which is why the analyst gets several bites of the Rumour Mill cherry today (if that isn’t too mangled a metaphor). And don’t just take our word for it: Business Insider calls him “the most trustworthy Apple analyst out there”. Gosh, might as well just call him Yoda and be done with it…

Judge me by my size do you? Hmm? Hmm.

And the next pearl of wisdom from Ming-Chi? The admittedly not terribly exciting suggestion that the (rumoured) third-generation iPad mini – which would launch alongside the (rumoured) iPad 6 at a (rumoured) event in 2014 – will not feature any notable changes from the (still, to be completely accurate, rumoured) iPad mini with Retina display (rumoured) to feature in next Tuesday’s event. (Look, if you’re getting as tired of reading ‘rumoured’ as I am of typing it, how about we come to some agreement that from now on EVERYTHING you read in the Rumour Mill is just that, can be taken with the biggest pinch of salt and very possibly should be? No? All right, we’ll soldier on.)

Anyway, where were we? Oh, yes, the iPad mini after next may not change, but there is a suggestion that this one will. Mac Otakara indicates that some Chinese case-makers believe the iPad mini will be roughly 0.3mm thicker than the current model. 0.3mm! Holy micro measurement, Batman! What will that mean in terms of weight? How will we be able to bear it? Before you grumble and gripe, there is a good reason. And it’s all due to the Retina display and is pretty much what happened when the third-generation iPad debuted with Retina display last year. Only there the increase was a whopping 0.6mm and we coped with that, didn’t we? So really, what are you complaining about?

You must unlearn what you have learned


Ming-Chi Kuo’s third prediction for the week concerns the iMac. The KGI Securities analyst believes that a budget desktop is on the way and that this proposed lower pricing model could boost iMac shipments by between 10 and 20 percent next year. And it’s all to do with the last iteration being priced too high and the effect this had on the recent slowing of iMac shipments.

Patience you must have

So much for desktops, is there no news/speculation regarding future MacBooks, we hear you say? Surely Ming-Chi Kuo must have had something to say on that subject? Funny you should ask…

We can expect an all-new design by the middle of next year, apparently. An ultra-slim 12in MacBook, superseding the current MacBook Air and boasting a high-resolution Retina Display, a clamshell form factor that’s even thinner than the current MacBook Air and possibly an even lower price. Hmmm, that’s pushing it Ming-Chi. Don’t get us too excited, please. We’ve been there before.

Powerful you have become

90mm, f22

Here’s a change. Yes, this rumour did not originate with our friend Ming-Chi Kuo (in fact we’ve told him to take the rest of the week off).

But it is a subject we’ve touched on before. Just once or twice. This week’s iWatch rumour isn’t simply that there’s going to be one… some day, sooner or later, when Apple can find a minute in its oh-so busy schedule. But that it may have more than these already mentioned tricks up its sleeve. Following the somewhat ‘tepid’ response to Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, Apple lovers have been crossing their fingers that the Cupertino California company will pull off its now familiar coup of releasing a product later than the competition, but making it better. Getting it right, in fact.

MacRumors reports the ruminations of one Brian White, an analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald, who believes that the watch could also act as a home automation gateway. Forget holding the thing up to your lips and manfully declaiming, ‘I’m on my way,’ Dick Tracy style. How about using it to control things around the house? Sadly, we’re not talking about reining in hordes of teenagers lolling around, devouring two-minute noodles and dumping dirty laundry in the most unlikely places (though, of course, the inventor of that app will never, ever have to work again).

Let’s keep it at least in the realms of possibility, shall we? Heating/cooling, lights, audio, video… that kind of thing. The website also reminds readers that there have been repeated rumours of health sensor technology built into the much discussed device. So, when your smartwatch monitors your vitals and informs you you’re suffering from hypothermia on one typically volatile Melbourne summer’s day, you can then use the same device to quickly turn the heating up full blast. Result!

And that’s the Rumour Mill for the week ending 18 October 2013. Thank you ballboys, thank you Ming-Chi and goodnight.

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