Rumors: Lighter iPad, Multicolored iPhone, iWatch, iRadio, iTV

Many rumors have been circulating in recent days, a lot of them credible. A post on AppleInsider confirms the eariler rumor saying the next iPhone will be available in multiple colors. Photos of multicolored SIM trays, the iPhone component holding the small card that identifies your phone to the carrier, have been leaked to BGR, strongly indicating the forthcoming iPhone will go beyond black and white models. When will we see this new phone? No one knows, of course, but I'm guessing the iPhone 5S will arrive in September.

On the iPad front, DigiTimes, which has a spotty reputation for accuracy, has reported that the 5th-generation iPad is now in trial production, with full production likely in July. The post says we may see the new model in September, and says the device will be 25–33 percent lighter. Perhaps most relevant is details of the display, saying that the bezels will be narrower than the current iPad, which goes along with earlier rumors that the new 9-7-inch iPad will have a form factor similar to the iPad mini.

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Given the volume of rumors, iRadio has seemed imminent. Since Apple must make deals with the major music labels to offer such a service, and since the employees of those labels are perhaps a bit more loose-lipped than Apple employees, we've been treated to regular tidbits saying Apple was about to sign deals with specific content providers. But now a report on The Verge says Apple is bogged down in licensing talks and that the service may not be ready to announce at the Worldwide Developers Conference, which starts June 10 and which will likely bring a number of announcements from Apple. According to The Verge, Universal Music Group is ready to roll, but Sony/ATV and BMG are holding back. The nice thing is that, because it hasn't promised anything to anybody, Apple can bide its time. The company never feels pressured to bring out something new — to its credit.

Rumors of an iWatch persist, though they have slowed since March. As is usually the case, even if Apple is interested in a particular new product and is actively developing prototypes, there's no way of knowing whether the company will actually come out with it. It often develops prototypes that never see the light of day. The latest tidbit, courtesy of MacRumors, is that Apple is currently testing a 1.5-inch OLED display for its smartwatch. I'd say there's about a 75 percent chance we'll see a smartwatch from Apple within a year.

Also, iTV rumors persist. But in this case, someone has created a concept video demo of what an HDTV from Apple would be like. It's pretty cool, and it seems clear that if Apple does come out with an iTV, it would likely be similar to this.


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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.