How dicey rumors get from Apple’s secret labs to your computer screen

If you’re an avid follower of Apple rumors, you’d be excused for wondering exactly what the heck is going on in Cupertino these days. The last couple of weeks has seen stories retracting several previously suggested features, shipping time frames, or even entire products. But, if you’ll pardon me unlimbering my bat for a game of inside baseball, all this only illustrates the many and varied reasons that such rumors should be taken with entire chunks of salt. It’s

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