When someone talks about Apple, words like 'premium', 'expensive', and most importantly 'secretive' float around social media. The company has maintained a great level of secrecy when it comes to new projects and phone designs. Even under different leaders, the company still gets the press and fans guessing what else they will reveal or announce.
Today, US politician Nancy Pelosi claimed that the iPhone was not the brain child of Steve Jobs or the people at Apple. She said that the iPhone was in fact developed by the US Federal Government as part of a research project that received a lot of funding.
Over the four decades that the company has been in existence, many assumptions and rumors were thrown around. Adding to the recent development, we take a look at 8 rumors that never came true.
TV from Apple
This is obviously still a rumor, but word was that Apple was planning to compete with Samsung, Sony, LG and many other electronics manufacturer who were selling TVs. Apple's metallic finish TV with thin bezels and a Retina Display is just still a dream. The only product available on the market right now is the amazing set top box which now runs tvOS.
iRing: One Ring to Rule Them All
There are many wearables out on the market that helps to stay up to date even with your phone in the pocket. But if Apple had their way, they would have developed iRing. With gesture controls, you change channels on the iTV, or answer calls handsfree with just a swipe across the ring. Controlling every Apple product with just a finger sounds so cool. Too bad we can't control minds.
If you don't remember netbooks, then here is a recap. When laptops were not affordable for everyone, the industry introduced smaller 10-inch machines that were worth only basic internet browsing and on-the-go productivity. However, things did not get so good for these breeds of mobile computers.
Rumors were that Apple too was getting ready to introduce a 'cheaper' mobile computer that would have similar screen dimensions and could be carried around with ease. But everyone was surprised when in 2010, Steve Jobs created the new industry of tablet PCs. So, it is safe to say that the rumors were only partly true.
It seems weird, but we live in a time when phones are getting bigger and bigger. And it only seems more weird, that Apple was getting ready to launch an iPhone Mini or an iPhone Nano. Designed alongside the iPhone 4, it may have been slated to have the same or lower specs.
Around the year 2003, the rumor mills were turning about Apple buying Universal Music Group for almost $6 million. It never happened, but now Apple has its own music service available exclusively to Apple users. Many artists now have signed up to launch and sell their albums via Apple Music.
Apple does have a lot of money in cash reserves, hence, you can imagine the number of rumors about the company taking over another. One such company apart from Universal Music was Twitter. The social media company was also rumored to be purchased by Google, Facebook and Amazon.
Steve Jobs had started Pixar, the most famous animations company right now that churns out better hits than others. So rumors too came up that Apple was planning to buy Disney that was valued at a whopping $143 million. Yes, Apple may have had more than that in its reserves, but nothing has happened so far.
Jay-Z has been in show business for a long time now. But his rise to fame has been extraordinary. It reached the ears of many fans and press that Apple was in talks with the musician and rapper to create their own music label. But Apple now owns Beats, the music accessories company that was founded by Dr Dre.