Apple has a reputation for closely guarding its secrets and plans, but that doesn’t stop journalists and rumour-mongers trying to reveal all.
The Cupertino-based company is one of the biggest in the world, which means everything it does or is expected to do is news. Secrecy does not mean that all of these rumours are true however, so you should always take unofficial “leaks” with a large pinch of salt.
If you want to know the latest Apple rumours, here’s where you need to go.
It’s hard to believe that the leading Apple rumour-finder in the world is just a kid, but that’s exactly what the reality is. Mark Gurman is just 20 years old, but regularly out-scoops the biggest news outlets in the world when it comes to finding out what Apple has in the pipeline. 9to5Mac is a larger organisation than Gurman alone, and editor Seth Weintraub comes up with lots of exclusive news himself. All put together, 9to5Mac has recently become a very reliable source for Apple news and rumours.
A website with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, two of the most recognised and respected tech journalists around, is likely to be covering Apple news with a fair amount of accuracy. Mossberg is already on our list of essential Twitter accounts for Apple fans, but the site’s best weapon for all things Cupertino is John Paczkowski. He always excelled at covering Silicon Valley news, but since he joined AllThingsD and later Recode, he has been spot-on with news about Apple.
Plus, when you talk about a group of journalists that can get Steve Jobs and Tim Cook on as guests for their shows, you can be assured of a certain sense of credibility to what they write.
A one-man show, Daring Fireball is all about John Gruber — self-confessed Apple fanboy and a guy who seems to have the ear of some of the top brass at the company. Gruber does not break news or rumours often. However, he does collate almost any major news article about Apple and provides context, sometimes flat-out confirming or denying it. That context is often key in understanding the validity of certain Apple rumours, since there are so many of them.
The plus side to reading Daring Fireball is that while Gruber is quite obviously biased, his writing style is engaging and entertaining. It’s what makes him one of the must-bookmark Apple Tumblrs.
It’s a little unfair to paint two websites with the same brush, but unfortunately, that’s the case with MacRumors and AppleInsider. Both these portals do a comprehensive job of rounding up every bit of Apple news out there, from any source on the web, but that also means most of their posts overlap. If you’re following one, there’s no need to visit the other because you’ll almost always find the same information there. Pick whichever one seems better suited to your sensibilities can you can be assured of not missing out on any major news.
Here’s all you need to look for to know whether an Apple rumour is true or not: Jim Dalrymple saying, “Yep.” Gruber might be wrong, Gurman might be wrong, Recode might be wrong, but when Dalrymple confirms any rumour, you know it’s going to pan out as said. The Loop is Dalrymple’s magazine where a lot of other Apple news (and some non-Apple stuff) is also covered, but if there is one guy whose word you can go by when it comes to Apple-related rumours, it’s Jim Dalrymple.
Tell Us Your Apple Sources
There are plenty of other great journalists and websites that cover Apple news in detail, many on this list of 20 websites every Apple fan must bookmark. But we are always keen to find out more sources. Who’s your favourite?
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