Gruber says that he's heard nothing about Apple events, but he also thinks that the company wants to introduce a 'Mini-style full-size iPad' in April. "If we don't see it in April, I'd guess that it's late. And if it's late, I think they'd do a standalone event in May rather than hold it until WWDC in (I presume) June."
Additionally, Gruber doesn't think Apple will unveil iOS 7 alongside the new iPad because he doesn't expect it to ship with the updated operating system.
Also joining in with the Branch discussion, TechCrunch's MG Siegler, who started the thread after reading the Wall Street Journal's report that Apple will begin its new iPhone production this quarter, wrote that he's heard on multiple occasions that the next-gen iPhone will have a fingerprint scanner that could be used for authentication and payments. However, he's also heard that Apple will charge developers to use the scanner's functionality in their apps.
Panzarino says that he has also received word of the fingerprint scanner from sources outside of the news stories about Apple's acquisition of mobile security firm AuthenTec last year.
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