Rumor Has It
Will the iPhone 5S be a killer?Also this week, guest co-host Eric Franklin helps decipher some awesome specs in the next Google phone, Panasonic might get out of the game it knows best, a new iPad Mini and Nexus 7 are on the horizon sporting some high-res goodness.
KARYNE: Hey, I�m Karyne Levy ERIC: And I'm your guest co-host this week, Eric Franklin. KARYNE: And, welcome to Rumor Has It, the show where we round up the week's biggest tech rumors. ERIC: And vote on what sounds like it'll actually happen, or what's probably BS. KARYNE: And remember: you can vote on all the rumors in the poll in the interactive player, if you're watching on CNET. ERIC: First up, two of the worst kept tech secrets get possible release dates! According to DisplaySearch, we'll see a new iPad Mini as early as the third quarter of this year featuring a 2,048x1,536 Retina Display. Not to be completely outdone, word from the same source says to expect the Nexus 7 follow-up, largely rumored to be unveiled at Google I/O in May, to feature a 1,920x1,200 resolution screen, which equals a crazy PPI for a 7-inch tablet. KARYNE: You know what's really crazy? ERIC: The fact that I've been covering tablets for CNET for over two years and have yet to burn out? KARYNE: That AND the fact that you just got away with saying "crazy PP" on camera. ERIC: [Shakes head] Inappropriate... KARYNE: Next up, a couple days after the insane launch of Samsung's Galaxy S4, some leaked specs popped up for the possible next Google phone, the LG Nexus 5. Seems like REALLY good timing, or it seems like a troll, but either way, the site Android and Me claims to have received an unverified tip that Google plans to release the Nexus 5 phone around October and is currently evaluating prototypes from multiple manufacturers, including one from LG code-named "Megalodon." ...Megalodon. ERIC: Yeah, the specs on Megatron read like a fanboy's wet dream. Snapdragon 800 CPU AND a 16-megapixel back camera that wait for it...can shoot 4K video? KARYNE: Yeah, if it actually shoots 4K video, then Megaphone or whatever it's called will cost like $5,000! We haven't even seen many prosumer cameras that can shoot 4K, let alone a phone. ERIC: Even though the code name is the name of a prehistoric shark, I wouldn't hold my breath. KARYNE: This rumor is going to sink. ERIC: This rumor will sleep with the fishes. KARYNE: Smells kinda fishy. SARAH: STOP. ERIC: Next, Panasonic, a name synonymous with quality plasma TVs, may be leaving plasma TVs. Japan-based newspaper Nikkei says that Plasma TVs just don't sell as well as LCDs and that Panasonic is losing billions as a result. The company is apparently thinking of dropping plasma TVs altogether because while it's making tons of high quality plasmas, people just aren't buying them. It's like when people chose VHS over Betamax. KARYNE: Or VHS over Laser Disc. ERIC: Or the Game Boy over the Atari Lynx. KARYNE: The 2600 over the Intellivision. ERIC: Or quadraphonic sound, or Digital Audio Tapes. The list goes on and on. But, there is an important takeaway here. KARYNE: That we're constantly choosing inferior technology, throwing into question our own self worth as a society? ERIC: That AND the fact that I got through a list of underrated tech without once mentioning the Apple Newton...oh sh*t KARYNE: Finally, Apple seems to be in a bit of a funk. But, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty predicts that there will be a comeback. According to her, the iPhone 5S will have a killer feature that will raise the company back into our good graces, and we will have a million parades celebrating the wonder that is Apple. ERIC: You mean a really cool and useful feature like Siri?! Or maybe you mean a feature that after which the novelty of it wears off, no one will ever use. KARYNE: Oh, I see what you did there. What do you guys think? Will the iPhone 5S have a killer feature? Will it just be a little better or faster than the iPhone 5? What do you think this killer feature could be? Don't forget to vote or leave a comment, and then we'll see what the CNET Council thinks... ERIC: And the CNET Council's verdict is a very close -- NO. Three editors said that it won't have a killer feature, but two editors are holding out hope! 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! And thanks to this week's co-host, Eric! ERIC: Tune in next week for more tech rumors.