More buzz about a possible "iPad mini" in September; New maps app

There's a lot of buzz lately about Apple announcing a number of new products in September, including the new iPhone 5 and a 7.85-inch iPad mini. The source of the rumor for the iPad mini this time is market analyst Brian White, who recently ventured to Taiwan and got the scoop from sources in Apple's supply chain. White says that September promises to be an "exciting" month. You can read more on AppleInsider.

In addition, many sources have now reported that Apple will be coming out with a new Maps app — one that will no longer be based on Google's mapping service. The latest to report this development was yesterday's edition of the Wall Street Journal. Based on interviews with current and former employees, the WSJ said that Apple has been planning this move for years. The reason is that Apple apparently doesn't like being so dependent on another company for such a central app. Also, why cede to Google the ad revenue that the app generates? Also, Apple likely thinks it can do it better, and has purchased three cutting-edge map companies in recent years, allowing it to draw on some state-of-the-art technologies.

It's possible that the new maps app will be announced on Monday at WWDC. Anticipation is certainly building, as everyone wonders what Apple will come up with this time. A lot of rumors have surfaced in the past month, many of them emanating from an 18-year-old blogger on 9To5Mac. CNNMoney gives an overview of these rumors regarding what Apple will unveil.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.