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2012's Biggest iPhone, iPad, and iPod Leaks and Rumors
Despite claims from Apple CEO Tim Cook that the company was going to "double down on secrecy on products", 2012 may have been one of Apple's leakiest years so far.
The leaks seem to stem primarily from Apple's supply chain in China. While we were saturated with iPhone 5 and iPad mini parts in 2012, we also had early looks at Apple's iPod and Mac lines. As usual, the challenge is the relatively high noise to signal ratio when tracking rumors.
Here are a collection of some of the more notable and accurate iPhone, iPad and iPod rumors from 2012.
The move to a Retina display for the iPad 3 was not necessarily a foregone conclusion prior to its launch. Despite the move to "Retina" on the iPhone, the sheer volume of pixels needed for a Retina iPad generated considerable doubt. One forum commenter from February:
The rest of the third-generation iPad parts also leaked, providing a nearly complete picture of the final design: rear shell, display, logic board, case photos side-by-side:
Apple's iPhone 5 design decisions were perhaps the most controversial changes to Apple's lineup this year. Despite persistent rumors about the new taller 4" display, many held out that Apple wouldn't ever make such a change.
What's most interesting is that the first look at the taller 4" iPhone 5 came as early as May 3 -- over four months prior to its launch. iLounge had provided these mockups of the next generation iPhone:
Those mockups generated considerable doubt amongst some commenters:
Two months before it launched, we saw the first mockups showing a major redesign for the iPod nano that would make the device appear more like a small iPod touch.
case designs that manufacturers were working on in the lead-up to Apple's September media event where it introduced the new iPod nano.
In the wake of its iPod nano report, Mac Otakara also published a mockup of the new iPod touch, carrying a 4-inch display and buffed aluminum shell. The report also identified a "small hole" on the lower rear of the device that had an unknown purpose.
Nearly two weeks before they were introduced at Apple's September media event, the company's redesigned earphones, which ultimately arrived with the "Earpods" name, showed up in photos and video from Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn.
Claims of a smaller dock connector for Apple's mobile devices surfaced as far back as February, and photos of the new Lightning connector began showing up a month ahead of its official unveiling.
Redesigned earphones - September 2012
New dock connector - August, 2012
While the rumors of a smaller iPad have circulated essentially from the time of the original iPad's introduction, the iPad mini picked up steam throughout 2012 as images and drawings began offering an idea of the device some three months ahead of its launch.
The biggest surprise of the year may have been the second iPad revision in six months. The 4th Generation iPad not only incorporated the new smaller dock connector, but also came with some notable processor improvements.
Looking back, however, the signs were there. Digitimes tends to get a bad rap, and we've been overly critical of the site as well. In this January Digitimes report, we accused them of "throwing ideas at the wall", but we were wrong.
The title of that story was "iPad 4 Headed for October Launch with iPad 3 as Interim Upgrade". Digitimes was first and accurate on the report that the iPad would see two updates in 2012.
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