KARYNE: Hey, Im 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: This week we have a new feature: 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: The 13-inch MacBook Pro could be getting a Retina
Display makeover this September, just like its 15-inch big
brother, according to an analyst with KGI Securities based
in Thailand. In his note, Ming-Chi Kuo advises potential
investors that Apple will definitely upgrade the mid-size Pro.
Of course, Kuo is somewhat of an overzealous optimist,
concluding that well also see a new iPhone in September,
an iPad mini, and a new iPod.
KARYNE: I'm voting yes on this one, bc its inevitable.
Emily: I think the technology is delayed and thats why it
didnt come out with the 15-incher, and September seems
too soon, so vote no.
KARYNE: Next, the Financial Times is reporting that Nokia
is in talks with European carriers to sign exclusive
partnerships for its next Windows Phone 8-based device
and will offer carriers part of the revenue. Whats really
interesting about this is the innovative pay model.
EMILY (both to one and two): If the carriers will make more
money on every sale of Nokia phones than other phones,
they have huge incentive to pimp out Nokia, which would be
a win/win: possibly saving Nokias struggling bottom line,
and filling their pockets.
KARYNE: Speaking of saggy bottom... lines, remember
RIM? Remember the PlayBook? Let's break it down: the
PlayBook is a 7-inch tablet, and you can get a 32GB version
for $250. Now, according to a document from Canadian
carrier Bell, RIM may be releasing a 4G version of the same
tablet for $550. Does that seem strange? That's because it
is. The first PlayBook didn't do well, so now they're
doubling the price and hoping people like it better.
EMILY: Im refraining from making the obvious the
executives were drunk on a plane when they came up with
KARYNE: I see what you did there...
EMILY: Now for iPhone 5 rumor watch. The latest rumor is a
doozy, which has our producer Sarah quietly sobbing in the
corner in frustration. The new phone will have a smaller, 19-
pin dock connector, says Rueters.
Current iPods and iPhones have 30-pin connectors.
Soo...this would be a problem for using accessories like
speakers or car systems. Though there may be hope: the
site iMore says Apple will offer an adapter to make your old
stuff work with the new phone.
KARYNE: Changing the pin sounds like a terrible idea, but
its totally something theyd do because they often
introduce new products that are not backwards compatible
with old accessories. And I'm still infuriated about that
EMILY: And if you really want to be infuriated I bet the
adapter will cost $70 bucks?
KARYNE: I don't know, I think it'll probably only be $30.
Which I guess is still a lot...
EMILY: Thanks a lot, Apple. What do you guys think? Do
you think they'd change the dock? Whatll an adapter cost?
Don't forget to vote! We're going to go ask the people of San
Francisco what they think...
EMILY: And the CNET verdict is unanimous -- 5 out of 5
editors think this will happen.
KARYNE: Pricewise, however, they differed -- a couple
people thought $30, one person $10, and one person
thought it would come included in the box! For free!
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EMILY: Tune in next week for more tech rumors.