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iPad 3 rumor rollup for the week ending Dec. 20

John Cox | Dec. 22, 2011
This week, the iOSphere's fill-in-the-blanks rumoring explains how an explosion at a manufacturing plant that is not yet actually building anything can delay not only the Apple iPad 3 but the iPad 2.

That citation apparently refers to this post at the Mail, which ran Nov. 22, a month ago: "Leaks from Asian sources have hinted that Apple's iPad 3 will arrive in Spring 2012 - and will have an all-new connector."

According to the Mail, "Production of the tablet has been pushed forward in factories owned by Apple suppliers, ahead of Chinese New Year on January 22-28."

But the Mail, like IBT, was also applying the iOSsphere's Expansive Interpretive Principle [see above], because it was based on a CNET post, which appeared two months ago, on Oct. 24: "iPad 3 could launch in March, with connector issues, report says."

That "report" was actually a post at Macotakara, a Mac blog in Japan, in Japanese. The blog claimed its information was from a "reliable Asian source," who told them that the "next generation tablet is being rushed into production due to Chinese New Year celebrations running from January 22-28." Clearly, one can't have something like the Next Generation Tablet interfering with Chinese New Year celebrations.

Macotakara, which sounds too close to Macotaco for comfort, has a bit of a spotty record with its "reports." In August, 9to5Mac posted about a then-new Macotakara blog entry that "an iPhone 4S variant along with a new iPad will arrive in the same timeframe" in September 2011. 9to5Mac's Jordan Kahn, trustingly described the Macotakara post as "adding more weight to these [other] claims" of the start of iPhone 5 and iPad 3 production.

And we all know how that turned out.


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