KARYNE: Hey, Im Karyne Levy
EMILY: And I'm Emily Dreyfuss.
KARYNE: This is Rumor Has It! The show where we round
up the week's biggest tech rumors.
EMILY: And vote on what we think will actually come true.
KARYNE: And remember: you can vote on all the rumors,
too, so keep your eyes out for the poll in the interactive
player, if you're watching on CNET.
EMILY: With scorekeepers and eager consumers in
somewhat of a consensus about a September 12th release
for the iPhone 5, the rumor mill turns its attention to what
the heck the new iPhone is going to be like. NoWhereElse, a
French gadget site named that way I suppose because
Parisian descendants of Sartre like their tech rumors with a
side of existentialism, posted images of an allegedly
redesigned iPhone nano-SIM card slot. You can see that the
supposed iPhone 5 Nano SIM is considerably smaller than
the Micro-SIM in the 4S.
KARYNE: OK, it looks smaller. So is this Nano-SIM a new
EMILY: Yeah, that Nano-Sim is actually interesting. The
European equivalent of the FCC has approved a Nano-SIM
for phones in the future, but none are using any yet. And we
dont know whether the commission chose Apples
proposed design or a competing design from RIM (Dun DUN
DUN) has yet to be announced. Can Apple build it into their
new phone before the official guidelines are public? Does
this mean the European agency chose Apples design? Not
KARYNE: And the bigger question is, does a smaller SIM
mean the phone will be smaller?
EMILY: Probably not. The reason to shrink the SIM is not so
you can make a Zoolander-size iPhone, but actually just to
free up space in the phones body to cram other stuff, like
maybe a pico projector and a lipstick.
KARYNE: Our second rumor is about a mystery HP tablet
that's been showing its tablety head a couple times in the
last three weeks. The tablet popped up in a photo on one
section of HP's Web site; it also showed up in an HP
commercial. It's like the "Where's Waldo?" of tablets!
There's no word on whether the mystery tablet is actually
something they're going to make, or if it's just a nonworking
mockup to show that HP is in the tablet game -- but either
way, nice one, HP. You're subliminaly reminding us that you
exist in the tablet world!
EMILY: Remember the HP TouchPad? I loved WebOS! Let's
pour one out for our forgotten homie.
EMILY: Heres our third rumor. DigiTimes reports that HTC
is readying a large phone/tablet hybrid, aka a phablet, to
compete with Samsungs Galaxy Note. The anonymous
sources suggest the phone will sport a 5-inch display, have
Android 4.0, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and will
come out before November.
Now there are two important notes to bear in mind when
considering the likelihood of this rumor: first, HTC was one
of the first phone makers to go big -- remember the Evo 4G,
that thing seemed huge when it came out -- but now
Samsungs phones tower over it, so trendwise this makes
sense if HTC wants to keep up; secondly, the Taiwanese
manufacturer needs a kick in its bottom line. In the second
quarter it reported 60 percent lower profits than the same
quarter last year. People love the HTC One X, but its not
proving to be the break-out product HTC needs.
KARYNE: But would it really be wise to pin its hopes on a
phablet? How many people do you know who use the Note?
EMILY: Let me think...zero.
KARYNE: Our biggest rumor this week is about the long-
awaited iPad Mini! Which you and I actually have a bet
about! According to an analyst with NPD DisplaySearch,
production of the 7.85-inch display slated for use on a
smaller version of the iPad should begin in August. If this
pans out, it means the iPad Mini is on schedule to be
released at the end of 2012, which is what recent reports
EMILY: And don't forget the e-mail unearthed at the
Samsung v. Apple trial from Apples head of Internet
software and services, in which he wrote about how a 7-inch
iPad was a great idea, and he had maybe even talked Steve
Jobs into it! Its funny though, the email says: I expressed
this to Steve several times since Thanksgiving and he
seemed very receptive the last time. Cant you just picture
him accosting Jobs in the elevator for the 6th time, and
finally Jobs just says, Yes, yes, great, good idea! Leave me
KARYNE: Right? Not that we've ever done that... to our
boss... to get this show. In any case, I'm still onboard with
the iPad Mini. I think this rumor further supports that it'll
come out in the fall.
EMILY: Im sticking with hell to the no on this one. I think
Apple will never make an iPad Mini and Ill get to humiliate
you next month after you lose the bet. Do you guys agree?
Vote while we go ask the people of San Francisco what they
EMILY: And the CNET verdict is...
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KARYNE: Tune in next week for more tech rumors.