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Rumor Has It
T-minus two weeks to iPad Mini?On this week's show, the PS4 is probably coming to a home theater near you in 2014, Amazon wants to get you drunk, and the iPad Mini will shed its unicorn horn and become a full-fledged pony.
KARYNE: Hey, I?m Karyne Levy EMILY: And I'm Emily Dreyfuss. KARYNE: Welcome to Rumor Has It! The show where we round up the week's biggest tech rumors. EMILY: And vote on what sounds legit, and what seems like it'll never ever happen. KARYNE: And remember: you can vote on all the rumors! Keep your eye out for the poll in the interactive player, if you're watching on CNET. KARYNE: First up is a rumor about the Sony PlayStation 4, which we've been talking about since the Rumor Has It podcast: based on the recent announcement of the super-slim PlayStation 3 and some very scientific calculations... EMILY: MATH! KARYNE: ? Rumor mongers are concluding that the next iteration of Sony's slam-dunk console will hit store shelves in 2014. Here's how the math works: The PS2 Slim was released 8 years ago. The PS3 was released 6 years ago. Add 2, carry the 1, and you've got a 2014 release date for the PS4. EMILY: We?ve been saying 2014 since 2011, when that seemed like eons in the future, now it?s basically next year and i still think it?s true. The Slim was their last best hope of selling PS3s to the 4 gamers in the world who didn?t already have one, and now they?re tapped out. KARYNE: I think 2014 sounds about right, even though the next Xbox is rumored to be announced in 2013. The PS3 was released after the Xbox 360, but that didn't affect its bottom line. EMILY: We have a new rumor that Amazon is going to start selling....something crazy and specific and outside its comfort zone. KARYNE: Amazon selling a new thing is basically its own meme. EMILY: This week?s crazy new product is the best and worst idea in the world: Wine. Why is this awesome? Because wine delivered to my house, on the cheap, at the click of a button! Why is this the worst? Because wine, delivered to my house, at the click of a button, free the next day thanks to Prime? (Cut to EMILY lying on the ground with a bottle of wine.) KARYNE: Oh god, this is the end of Emily. But seriously, you might have assumed Amazon already sold wine. Emily: It?s an obvious fit. Especially since it sells caviar. KARYNE: But it?s harder than you think to sell wine across state lines. Amazon actually entered the wine business in '99 with a stake in Wineshopper.com, but closed down 10 years later because the business did not perform to expectations. Maybe they have a new plan this time. KARYNE: Oh iPad Mini. I hope this next rumor comes true because we've been talking about it for a year and we're sick of it. Citing an unnamed "major Apple investor," Fortune says that Apple's invites for an iPad Mini- specific event will be sent out next week, presumably for an unveiling the following week. As you may already know, the iPad Mini is speculated to be 7 inches, and according to new leaked pictures, it will come in a white version, as well. EMILY: Another report popped up this week, which says that the iPad Mini is, in fact, already in production! Citing an anonymous source, our favorite Japanese blog Macotakara said that production of the product is under way in a "Brazilian factory." KARYNE: I've been saying yes to this rumor since October 2011 -- the iPad is a great product. It would make sense for Apple to make it in different sizes, just like it did with the iPod. Plus, I have a Humiliation Day bet riding on this one. EMILY: I?ve been voting no on this rumor since we first heard Steve Jobs' say you?d have to ?file down your fingers? in order to use the thing, but the timing is incredibly suspicious, and the persistence of the rumor has my confidence wavering. It would be a perfect infusion into the holiday market, plus I like to imagine it being built in some hidden factory in the Brazilian Amazon, workers toiling away as monkeys swing from vines above the factory roof. Also, once we get to specific dates for an invite being sent out, things start to sound less like a rumor and more like a coordinated PR leak. But whatever, my dignity is riding on it not happening, so I?ll stick with no. Jungle Book and logic be damned. KARYNE: What do you guys think? Don't forget to vote! We're going to go ask the people of San Francisco what they think... EMILY: And the CNET Council's verdict is: yay. Four editors to one think that the iPad Mini invites will go out next week. KARYNE: Yay! EMILY: Our comment of the week comes from cisco2k, who writes: Google will provide a map for the IOS 6 and it will be the best map they ever created.....and they will charge for it! lets see 85 million Iphones sold and 35 million iPads @ $2. that is some sweet pocket change. KARYNE: Our other comment of the week comes from tapper562, who writes: Apple Maps got me lost!! EMILY: We hope you're OK, Tapper! KARYNE: That?s our show everyone, share your rumors at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-750-CNET. And tweet us! EMILY: Tune in next week for more tech rumors.