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Dec 31, 2007, 01:36 PM
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To round-out the 2007 year of rumoring, here is a wrap up of some of the biggest leaks from 2007.

iPod "Fat" Nano Images

9to5Mac first posted a mockup (http://www.macrumors.com/2007/07/17/imac-revision-and-ilife-on-august-7th/) of the shorter/wider iPod nano on July 17th which was met with skepticism:There's not even a tiny chance that Apple would release something that daft. - emotion (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=3930322&postcount=115 ) Later, 9to5mac released (http://www.macrumors.com/2007/08/22/ipod-nano-photos/) actual "spy photos" (mirror (http://guides.macrumors.com/Image:9to5maciPodNano.jpg)) of the new iPods in a number of different colors. Apple responded with Cease and Desist letters and the images were pulled from various websites.

This "fat" 3rd Generation iPod Nano was indeed released (http://www.macrumors.com/2007/09/05/new-ipod-story-2/) on September 5th, 2007 at Apple's 'Beat Goes On' media event.
The Nano seemed squat in the photos I had seen, In person it was much more attractive and pretty cool. Apple will sell a boat load of these this holiday season! - Sandfleaz (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=4190157&postcount=33)


6th Generation iPod Interface Video

Videos of the 6th Generation iPod Classic and 3rd Generation iPod Nano videos were briefly posted (http://www.macrumors.com/2007/07/21/6g-ipod-user-interface-redesign-and-videos/) on MacRumors.com on July 21st, well before they were finally released on September 5th. Within 5 hours of their posting, Apple Legal requested that the videos were removed. A mirror (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFm1ZZcYmII) remains available on YouTube. Many also believed (http://normalkid.com/2007/09/05/fake-or-real-can-people-tell-no/) that these interface videos were Fake.

Slim iMac Keyboard Images

The iMac slim keyboard images that were leaked on July 27th (http://www.macrumors.com/2007/07/27/new-imac-keyboard-revealed/) were notable for a number of reasons. The original leak came from a mac.hk forum thread (http://mac.hk/appletalk/viewtopic.php?t=29524) in which the seller was trying to sell the unreleased Apple keyboard. Full resolution images were also posted to the seller's Flickr account (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10511663@N02/) but subsequently removed. The images were reposted by Engadget.

Unlike practically every other legitimate Apple leak, Apple Legal did not try to have these images removed, causing many to doubt their authenticity. The images were accurate, however, and Steve Jobs even acknowledged the leak when the keyboard was introduced (http://www.macrumors.com/2007/08/07/new-imacs-released/).

iPhone Waiter and Sightings

In June, a reader submitted (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=317396) information about hands-on use with the then-unreleased iPhone. The submitter was a Wine Director at a prominent restaurant, and was able to use the iPhone of (presumably) an Apple employee. The description revealed a few unknown features of the iPhone at the time which were later confirmed to be true.

A few other iPhone sightings that were widely reported: Airport (http://www.macrumors.com/2007/06/21/more-iphone-sightings/) and Train (http://flickr.com/photos/chasingfun/545103004/), were also later confirmed to be real by MacRumors.com.

iPod Touch, Steve Jobs Email

In October, MacRumors Forum user, DavidJearly emailed (http://www.macrumors.com/2007/10/08/ipod-touch-calendar-to-get-add-edit-functionality/) Steve Jobs about various issues, including iPod game incompatibilities and why the iPod Touch didn't include Calendar functionality. Jobs responded:David,

Nothing can be done about the games. The new iPod touch is a completely different animal inside than the old iPods and the games just don't translate. The inability to edit and add calendar events is a bug that will be fixed in a future software update.

Best,
Steve


A subsequent (http://www.macrumors.com/2007/11/09/ipod-touch-firmware-1-1-2-released-add-calendar-events/) iPod Touch update confirmed the authenticity of David's email from Jobs.

Note: the iPhone 1.1.3 video/images might have made the list, but has not yet been officially confirmed.


Article Link (http://www.macrumors.com/2007/12/31/biggest-apple-leaks-in-2007/)



daddywags214
Dec 31, 2007, 01:38 PM
Though it's not an Apple leak, the closing of ThinkSecret was also a big deal.

Eidorian
Dec 31, 2007, 01:38 PM
Welcome to the rumor roundup. I'm enjoying my new aluminium keyboard. :D

twoodcc
Dec 31, 2007, 01:49 PM
the nano and slim keyboard were my favorite rumors

gphoto
Dec 31, 2007, 01:49 PM
Great article. It seems like quite a few items were leaked this year.

Matthew Yohe
Dec 31, 2007, 01:50 PM
I will admit, I was totally fooled with the iPod interface videos... Although they must have been done in flash or something as a "mockup" because they are clearly not the final release.

The biggest piece that I felt gave it away was the sweeping second hand (not the ticking one that Apple uses) in the world clocks section, and the fact that two clocks were not synchronized to the second.

I see arn even used one of my comments in his blog "Fake or Real? (http://normalkid.com/2007/09/05/fake-or-real-can-people-tell-no/)"

InkMaster
Dec 31, 2007, 01:57 PM
What about 1.1.3? ;)

MarlboroLite
Dec 31, 2007, 02:00 PM
I remember when the fatboy nano was leaked, I did not believe those could be real...it looked so ugly in pictures, and the colors in that photo are not flattering....but then when they were released I loved them and got one 2 days later!

I love my fat nano! :)

mahonmeister
Dec 31, 2007, 02:01 PM
I was kinda disappointed at how accurate these rumors were. It took the surprise out of the product introduction. As long as I know approximately when their computers will be updated, I'm happy.

Telp
Dec 31, 2007, 02:08 PM
I was kinda disappointed at how accurate these rumors were. It took the surprise out of the product introduction. As long as I know approximately when their computers will be updated, I'm happy.

True, but didnt it excite you when you saw them, and when you found out they were real?!?!

BlakTornado
Dec 31, 2007, 02:08 PM
the nano and slim keyboard were my favorite rumors

Same here... although the Keyboard was mainly because the rumors were on my birthday! haha. And out of the two, I actually now own a slim keyboard :P

ajhill
Dec 31, 2007, 02:10 PM
Wow!

What a great year for rumors and new products. I can't think of any other company on the planet that had a product line that evolved and sold as well as Apple's Macs, iPods and iPhones.

Can't wait to find out how many iPhones they sold in 2007. I'm seeing them everywhere. It was nice being the only guy around who had one. Now everyone around seems to have taken to the iPhone.

Could that be why Research in Motion stock has been headed lower from it's recent top, while Apple stock is right at it's all-time high? Ummm Could be...

Happy New Year everyone... Let's hope 2:):)8 is even better!!!

Al

nagromme
Dec 31, 2007, 02:20 PM
The nano reaction was my favorite: the SHAPE of the RECTANGLE was somehow so obviously "wrong" that people were SURE Apple could never design a rectangle of those dimensions :p It was "different = bad" gone wild. And of course people love them once the initial "shock" of a different rectangle was absorbed, with the help of crisis counselors :)

I should admit that I did think the nano "flower" image was fake: the shallow bevel on the front looked very Photoshopped to me, plus the old iMac-style flower arrangement seemed like something a faker would do. But those were real!

rockinrocker
Dec 31, 2007, 02:24 PM
to bad there haven't been any good mac pro rumors.
i'm starting to worry......

Loge
Dec 31, 2007, 02:25 PM
Part of the negative reaction to the fatty was because some people thought it was going to be the next full sized iPod, and were hoping for something that would include a larger wider screen for videos, which of course eventually did appear in the iPod touch.

notjustjay
Dec 31, 2007, 02:31 PM
So most of the leaked info was about iPods or iPhones. Hmm.

Here's hoping 2008 is a year full of shiny new Mac products :)

(Although, I really am enjoying my 20" aluminum iMac)

aswitcher
Dec 31, 2007, 02:36 PM
Nice summary.

Another way of doing this that would work well for me would be a 20/20 hindsight on every Apple release for the year and what rumours foreshadowed them.

Like the Alu iMac, iPod touch etc, so we could get an idea of everyone that was accurate, lead up times, and how much was missed.

Quillz
Dec 31, 2007, 02:40 PM
The leaking of the 3G nano was by far the biggest rumor of the year, I think, and one of the few rumors that turned out to be true. The recent leaking of 1.1.3 is quite big, too.

iMike360
Dec 31, 2007, 02:44 PM
If Steve Jobs ever emailed me I would have it framed, is that weird?

evansls
Dec 31, 2007, 02:46 PM
i'd frame it too.... then one day meet him and have him sign in... then get my restraining order signed by his attorney. i kid... ha

theBB
Dec 31, 2007, 03:00 PM
Although I don't remember any leaked pictures, there were rumors of aluminum iMacs months before they were released. There was some skepticism as Apple associated metal casings with professional products.

I am waiting for rumors of non-glossy screen option. :)

sartinsauce
Dec 31, 2007, 03:09 PM
I must agree with the previous poster who mentioned the Nanos and the keyboard.

I was sure both were fakes! Not just fakes but bad designs.

I have both now and only like the Nano, the old candybar Nano feels clunky to me now.

The keyboard on the other hand... are they prepping us for multi-touch keyboards or something? Something with no kinetic feedback? I hate the feel of it under my fingers, but I'm hoping it's training me for a completely flat multi-touch-user-programmable interface pad.

arn
Dec 31, 2007, 03:09 PM
Nice summary.

Another way of doing this that would work well for me would be a 20/20 hindsight on every Apple release for the year and what rumours foreshadowed them.

Like the Alu iMac, iPod touch etc, so we could get an idea of everyone that was accurate, lead up times, and how much was missed.

We do that individually after major events

http://www.macrumors.com/2007/08/08/rumor-wrapup-imac-keyboard-iwork-ilife-ipod-details/
http://www.macrumors.com/2007/09/07/the-beat-goes-on-rumor-wrapup-winners/
http://www.macrumors.com/2007/01/16/macworld-san-francisco-2007-rumor-wrapup-winners-and-losers/

Doctor Q
Dec 31, 2007, 03:34 PM
My own rumor radar wasn't very accurate this year. I tend not to believe photos taken in elevators, tips from wine directors, and reported email exchanges with Steve Jobs. Sometimes that's wise, but I'm often proven wrong. Either way, taking our best guesses, without knowing for sure, is what makes it fun to predict where Apple is going, and fun to discuss rumors in the forums.

Apple may have ignored the iMac keyboard leak because it was "only a keyboard."

Matthew Yohe
Dec 31, 2007, 03:44 PM
Although I don't remember any leaked pictures, there were rumors of aluminum iMacs months before they were released. There was some skepticism as Apple associated metal casings with professional products.

I am waiting for rumors of non-glossy screen option. :)

You will be waiting awhile... You realize it isn't a "glossy screen" but it is glass on the front of the screen, right?

theheadguy
Dec 31, 2007, 04:07 PM
Honestly, I do enjoy going back and reading posts by forum members who believed there was no way the rumors (such as the ipod interface changes earlier this year) could be real. The presumptuous statements and downright rude tones by many are unwarranted but put forth anyway. Here's to another year of rude people who know it all. ;)

Telp
Dec 31, 2007, 04:09 PM
Honestly, I do enjoy going back and reading posts by forum members who believed there was no way the rumors (such as the ipod interface changes earlier this year) could be real. The presumptuous statements and downright rude tones by many are unwarranted but put forth anyway. Here's to another year of rude people who know it all. ;)

HEAR HEAR. But blimey man, its just gunna get worse the more noobs that come...

theBB
Dec 31, 2007, 04:16 PM
You will be waiting awhile... You realize it isn't a "glossy screen" but it is glass on the front of the screen, right?
I don't care what transparent material they use, I'd rather it does not have that much glare. In the end though, I don't see Apple backing down on that front, either. Long wait indeed. :)

bluedevil14
Dec 31, 2007, 06:44 PM
I just hope Apple isn't losing a hold of their secrecy.

philbeeney
Dec 31, 2007, 07:42 PM
I am waiting for rumors of non-glossy screen option. :)

I heard that the matte screen iMacs would be announced at Macworld 2008 in response to customer feedback. But don't quote me on that. :D

Bosunsfate
Dec 31, 2007, 07:55 PM
I personally enjoyed the wine director rumor and the email from Steve Jobs.

Both were the kinds of rumors you wanted to believe, but somehow I walked away thinking...nah that's some kind of joke.

Good "jokes" they were. :)

Doctor Q
Dec 31, 2007, 08:09 PM
I heard that the matte screen iMacs would be announced at Macworld 2008 in response to customer feedback.Thanks for your promise and personal guarantee about it, philbeeney. ;) That's just what I want them to announce.

SactoGuy18
Dec 31, 2007, 10:14 PM
I remember when the fatboy nano was leaked, I did not believe those could be real...it looked so ugly in pictures, and the colors in that photo are not flattering....but then when they were released I loved them and got one 2 days later!

I love my fat nano! :)

I still remember seeing the leaked pictures for the first and said "WTF?!" in regards to the new iPod nano design. I was hoping for something that looked like the 2G nano but wider and lower in height to accommodate a video display screen. Fortunately, I saw one at an Apple Store and promptly bought it just one day they were announced (though it took nearly a month for the third-party case manufacturers to catch up. :mad: ). In fact, I'm listening to a podcast on the player as I type this. :)

wongulous
Jan 1, 2008, 05:17 AM
Great article.

What's most fascinating about this is that these are relatively minor morsels, and a vast majority of them are iPod/iPhone-related... truly, if this is the best that gets out, Apple really is doing a pretty fantastic job. Especially if even the big ones like the new Nano form factor only came out a week or two before they debuted.

To think we go on these forums and spend hours each week (or day!) and bookmark this website to visit at least once per day and check every article and all of the tabs of the website, et cetera, and at the end of a WHOLE year of being addicted to MacRumors, this measly list is all we have really found out ahead of time. Which goes to show that we aren't so much about rumors as we are just about community and being a bunch of geeks reading about Mac-related news and theories. Which is okay, or great even. I'm still addicted, and for good reason. :)

extraextra
Jan 1, 2008, 12:25 PM
Honestly, I do enjoy going back and reading posts by forum members who believed there was no way the rumors (such as the ipod interface changes earlier this year) could be real. The presumptuous statements and downright rude tones by many are unwarranted but put forth anyway. Here's to another year of rude people who know it all. ;)

Haha yeah, those are my favorite. "There's no way this is real, it's just a load of BS!", and they end up eating their words a few days (or months) later.

arn
Jan 2, 2008, 03:12 AM
What's most fascinating about this is that these are relatively minor morsels, and a vast majority of them are iPod/iPhone-related...

This really isn't an exhaustive list... but just some of the more dramatic leaks - videos, photos and unusual circumstances

There are many non video/photo rumors that do turn out true.

arn

carlitofox
Jan 2, 2008, 05:00 AM
(always wanted to say that !!!)

you forgot about numbers wasn't there some pics of that floating about just before the launch ????

wongulous
Jan 2, 2008, 06:17 AM
This really isn't an exhaustive list... but just some of the more dramatic leaks - videos, photos and unusual circumstances

There are many non video/photo rumors that do turn out true.

arn

This is true. I wasn't intending to reduce MacRumors, or "Mac rumors" (as a whole), but it's not like some of the huge hardware photoleaks of years past of entire computer casings, specifications, and prices or secret factory photos or anything. I was more comparing it year-over-year. MR is really doing the best they/we can, because it's not like we have secret operatives. However, being the best Mac rumor website out there has its perks, I'm sure, like informants willing to send things your way...