Rumor Has It
Who wouldn't wear an Apple iWatch?We go over the biggest new rumors so far in 2013: BlackBerry Messenger video chat, an Apple accessory, a Lytro-like camera for smartphones, and a super awesome incredibly thin Galaxy S4.
KARYNE: Hey, I�m Karyne Levy EMILY: And I'm Emily Dreyfuss. KARYNE: Happy new year and 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. EMILY: First, looks like BlackBerry Messenger users are finally going to get video chat. Images leaked of the new FaceTime-like service for BlackBerry 10 in a reader forum on CrackBerry.com, but have since been taken down. KARYNE: But not before Boy Genius Report snagged a few for posterity. EMILY: I didn�t even realize BlackBerrys HAD cameras. Kidding! But only kinda. The launch of BlackBerry 10 is slated for January 30th, so if you care about this at all, you�ll find out then if it�s for real. KARYNE: Next up, according to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, Toshiba is creating Lytro-like camera technology for mobile devices that should be released before the end of 2013. Much like Lytro's light-field camera, Toshiba's version would let people choose what part of a photo they'd like to focus on after they've taken the shot. This camera would also supposedly record video in a similar fashion, which is something Lytro hasn't yet introduced. EMILY: This is an awesome concept. The Lytro camera is unimaginably fun to play with, but it�s a standalone device that�s decidedly unnecessary, when thinking about dropping a few hundred bucks. If it were built into a phone, though, whoa. KARYNE: Yeah, I wonder if putting the tech into a camera that you have with you all the time will allow it to take off? Or if it'll be just another gimmicky feature, like 3D. EMILY: Russian gadget review site Rozetked has a video of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that is really cool. Like, stop what you�re doing and go watch it cool. OK, did you see how THIN the S4 looks? That laser keyboard that projects onto the table and works perfectly?! KARYNE: It makes the Galaxy S3 look like an old wooden crank phone. EMILY: I know, but before you go out and sell your S3 on Amazon, let�s consider the source: Rozetked is a Russian gadget news site. This video was made in-house by them of supposedly �leaked parts.� The marketing language is in English, but is not formed by someone entirely fluent. KARYNE: As employees of a gadget news site ourselves, let us tell you how unlikely it is that leaked parts of the hottest phone in the world right now made it onto a Rozetked editor�s desk. EMILY: That would be highly unlikely. More likely, the graphic design team in Russia is pretty talented. And that�s not nothing. It�s a cool video. Just almost certainly fake. KARYNE: Next, an Apple rumor that doesn't have to do with a phone or a TV. Can you believe it? Business Insider is reporting that Apple has partnered with Intel to develop an iOS watch. According to supply chain sources, the watch would be Bluetooth-enabled and would have a 1.5-inch OLED screen. And it would be released sometime in the first half of the year. EMILY: This isn't completely unfamiliar territory for Apple, of course. You can buy a band for the iPod Nano and wear that on your wrist, just like CNET editor Scott Stein. He loves his Nano watch! KARYNE: I don't see a reason for Apple not to do this -- it'd be great to wear while exercising. And if it had a FaceTime camera, you could pretend you were a spy. EMILY: Plus, it would be the greatest father�s day ever. EMILY: What do you guys think? Would you be into an Apple smart watch? What awesome features do you think it will have? What colors? Let's see what the CNET Council thinks. EMILY: And the CNET Council�s verdict is... 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: Next week we will be coming at you LIVE from the CNET stage at CES in Las Vegas! We'll see if we can scrounge up any hot rumors from the show floor.