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The Apple rumors report

By: 17 November 2011 No Comment

The latest hubbub over Apple these days has to do with the iOS 5 update that has been giving some consumers fits.

We mentioned that problem the other day and people have been throwing fits over it. In a nutshell, any device that can handle the iOS 5 update may be susceptible to a fast draining battery and some other issues. Apple released the 5.0.1 update in hopes of fixing the problem, but there are still users claiming the update made matters worse. In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I’ve got an iPhone 4 and that 5.0.1 update has drained my battery noticeably.

It’s understandable, then, that a number of iPhone owners have been clamoring for a 5.0.2 update to fix the problems that iOS 5.0.1 didn’t cure. For those of us watching our iPhones drain batteries like crazy, the release date on an update will comes as good news.

Instead of news, however, we’re getting a big ole pile of rumors that are being presented as news. Just do a Google search for “iOS 5.0.2″ and you’ll get a bunch of sites talking about the new update and virtually all of them will point back to an article in Macerkoph — a German site — claiming that upgrade will come out soon. That sounds great as we’d all like to see “batterygate” resolved. However, reading the article makes it clear that Macerkoph relies on an unidentified Apple developer for its information.

Meanwhile, the Macerkoph article has been cited time and time again. That’s the way things go on the Internet — once a rumor gets started, it spreads like crazy.

But, that’s almost always how it goes, isn’t it? Remember the rumors floating around about the iPhone 5? Yes, it was supposed to have a bigger screen, able to access 4G networks, come in a teardrop design and be generally necessary. We haven’t seen that phone, have we? No, Apple instead released the iPhone 4S which comes across as an iPhone 4 with better specs and the Siri voice activated assistant.

The rumors about the iPhone 5 were all over the place for a time and were presented as being plausible — people had talked to Apple insiders, gotten their mitts on prototype cases and generally whipped a bunch of fans into a frenzy.

Since there are rumors and half-truths all over the place about Apple products, we’re going to take on a project here at First Arkansas News. Specifically, we’re going to keep an eye on the Apple rumors leading up to the next big product announcement and then look to see how many of those rumors come true and which ones do not.

Why bother with all of that? We might be able to demonstrate that either rumors are usually true or not. It will be fun to see how many rumors hold up after official verification (or, outright denial).

Stay tuned…

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

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