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Old Dec 27, 2012, 10:38 AM   #1
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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.

iPad 3

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:
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Do people honestly think this is going to happen?

If it did ship with a 2048x1546 display, then it would be capable of rendering images at a higher resolution than all video game consoles currently on the market.

However, game developers already struggle to produce games that run at 1920x1080 due to the power of the consoles - are people seriously saying that they think iPad 3 will have a better CPU and GPU than PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360?
Thanks to Apple's leaky supply chain, we were able to actually purchase a purported iPad 3 Retina replacement display from an online retailer and place it under a microscope, effectively confirming the rumors of a Retina iPad display:

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:

iPhone 5

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:
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Apple has 600K+ apps designed for 3:2. They've railed about Android fragmentation. There's no way in hell that they're changing the aspect ratio now. Larger screen? I'll buy that. But they'll be expanding it in both directions. In the mockups there's still the standard bevel on the left and right sides of the screens. You really think they'll expand upwards before using all of that space? My prediction is a 4" screen, same 960x640 resolution, screen goes right up to the side edges, slightly taller and wider device.
Of course, that initial report was followed by rendered mockups, design specs, parts on video, and corresponding cases. We even saw the full final enclosure prior to the device's launch:

iPod nano

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.

The mockups turned out to be quite accurate, as were case designs that manufacturers were working on in the lead-up to Apple's September media event where it introduced the new iPod nano.

iPod touch

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.

iPod touch with 4-Inch Display and aluminum back - July 2012 (actual product)
The mockup did turn out to be mostly correct, with the small hole ending up being for the "Loop" wrist strap attachment.

Accessories

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.

Redesigned earphones - September 2012
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.

New dock connector - August, 2012
iPad mini

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.

Many of the leaks came from case manufacturers, some of whom went as far as to create detailed physical mockups that provided very accurate views of the final design for the device.

iPad 4

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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Old Dec 27, 2012, 10:42 AM   #2
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Yup many leaks were right and Cook didn't do too well in the terms of making sure leaks didn't happen. Good news all around.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 10:42 AM   #3
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Double down on leaks it was then.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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The iPad 3 was enough of an upgrade for me to make the jump from an iPad 2. I'd say Apple had a great 2012 lineup! Agreed though, Cook wasn't so good at "doubling down on secrecy".
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 10:44 AM   #5
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If i wanted to read about rumours I'd go to a rumours websi...

Oh never mind.

Just goes to show, Apple have the worst secrecy plans or the most predictable marketing campaign 'leaks' in industry.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 10:45 AM   #6
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i love it that vocal posters are called out in a story like this...

I'm like macrumors to take it a step further - and award 'badges' to those who are most off. Like the ones that say an ipod, ipad, etc are stupid ideas that will never work!
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 10:50 AM   #7
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Laws in mainland China mean nothing. It's a lot harder to seal leaks now that the Chinese have became iFanboys.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 10:58 AM   #8
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After viewing a PDF of a tax form on a regular iPad and mini side by side, I'm sold on Retina. I didn't think it would be that big of a deal, but it's a world of difference.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:00 AM   #9
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Let's hope the leaks for the 5s (presumabely) will be rolling out shortly.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:00 AM   #10
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Ahhh...good times. I remember when 90% of MacRumors hated the iPhone 5 leaked design..
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:01 AM   #11
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The year is not over, there COULD be more leaks to come.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:01 AM   #13
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Let's hope the leaks for the 5s (presumabely) will be rolling out shortly.
I'm only excited for this in hopes that a 6 and non-S will be released next Fall. Hopefully the S cycle is removed for the annual cycle.
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One forum commenter from February:
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:10 AM   #16
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It still surprises me that the iPad Mini doesn't have a Retina Display, but margins rule I suppose.
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Double down on leaks it was then.
2013 will see a doubling down on the 2012 doubled down security!
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:14 AM   #18
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i love it that vocal posters are called out in a story like this...

I'm like macrumors to take it a step further - and award 'badges' to those who are most off. Like the ones that say an ipod, ipad, etc are stupid ideas that will never work!
LOL I love this idea.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:22 AM   #19
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With my first Apple product, the iBook in 1999 and other products after, there always seemed to be leaks, but ones that seemed to be suspiciously very well planned.

If anything, around Silicon Valley where I am at, any leak just generates more interest and sales. It's not as if Apple is giving away specific specs, and no leak has brought out a line by line spec sheet, and I think a lot of it is leaked from Apple who knows that such leaks generate a strong interest. Macrumors and Apple Insider have been more right than wrong over the years. The funniest thing was the cover of Time Magazine Canada with Steve Jobs on the cover with new design iMac and he claimed he didn't know anything about it.

Steve Jobs was great at saying he wanted to keep things secret but either hinted at a new thing himself or let out certain bits of info purposely to drive Apple which is just as much hype as it is product. Never having become an engineer or technically savvy like his underlings, he built his whole image on cool stuff and the anticipation of cool stuff with emphasis on the latter. He also knew how to listen to the computer and gadget users and could put his ego on the shelf if he had to retool knowing that the Apple experience and keeping us happy was bigger than even him. From all indications, Cook is no different in philosophy even though his approach is said to be less mercurial.

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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:26 AM   #20
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Whoever posted that comment doesn't belong in the field of technology and should just vanish.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:33 AM   #21
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Lol u guys remember the macrumours members who thought the iPhone 4/4s leaks were fake?

Lol "it has seams! Wahhh! Apple would never put seams in their phone! Wahhh!"

Oh that was awesome

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Ahhh...good times. I remember when 90% of MacRumors hated the iPhone 5 leaked design..
Exactly .

I want one of those guys to come out and kiss our feet.

They own the phone and they called it fake
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:36 AM   #22
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It's nice to see Digitimes get the recognition they deserve and to see MacRumors eat a little crow. Publishing is a largely unappreciated endeavor, except those who want to use you and move on.

It is also notable that the iPad is still in a rapid upgrade cycle as new technologies become ready for prime time. The iPad 1 was a technology and ecosystem development platform for what it has evolved into, three short product cycles later.

With the expected IGZO display updates in 2013 for all products, I suspect that will also be the 4K panel for the AppleTV with display.

One item of note is how few rumors are actually on the roundup as compared to the total volume of articles and leaks and news. Accurate rumors are in the minority.

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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:38 AM   #23
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The biggest rumor is the one about ipad 4 coming out in fall. That rumor came out before ipad3 was in stores.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:40 AM   #24
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I really liked the years before when Apple could keep things under wraps and surprise us. Now it seems like we know so far in advance now, there's no excitement and disappointment because there's no surprises.

Maybe the new Apple TV will be a true surprise??? It would be wonderful if they could surprise a couple times this year.
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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:44 AM   #25
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Funny how there was a considerable group feeling that retina display would be impossible on an iPad.

Wonder how many of those same people are the ones who can't believe Apple didn't include it on the iPad mini?
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