Macworld 2008 rumors report: some hits, mostly misses

As far as novelty news goes, Apple tea leaf reading and rumor speculation seems fairly fruitless (no pun intended). Oh sure, just about everyone entertains the indulgence, even if it’s only a debunk, but you can always count on a seemingly endless torrent of unnamed sources dishing the latest leaks leading up to Macworld (and any big Apple event). We were almost afraid to look, but we went ahead and compiled a report card for this year’s predictions. Warning: it ain’t pretty.
Please note, all rumors listed originate from sources at or close to Apple, feeding info to publications. This doesn’t include sites or posts digging up evidential information, like the MacBook Air domain name stuff.

AppleInsider – MacBook ultraportable to have external optical drive: correct! Still, this was pretty clear, almost no ultraportables have optical drives. Being that there was no mention made of Remote Disc, we’re gonna give this a half point.
AppleInsider – MacBook ultraportable to have 13-inch LED-backlit display, internal NAND flash, SSD option: right, wrong, and right again (half point!).
Bloomberg – iPhone comes to Canada: nope.
Bloomberg – Warner Bros, Fox, Disney, Paramount and Lionsgate to rent on iTunes: nailed it!
Boy Genius Report – Jay Z and Apple found record label: not yet. (But who knows, it might be announced later!)
Boy Genius Report – Ultraportable absolutely definitely launching: correct!
BusinessWeek – Major Apple TV update planned (including a possible tuner), but Jobs can’t get Universal and Sony to sign on for rentals: eh, vaguely right about the ATV update, but otherwise basically wrong.
Financial Times – Fox signed to movie rentals, and will also distribute pre-ripped iTunes movies on discs: totally correct!
Gizmodo – Macworld “will be bigger than usual” with “overloaded” keynote and tons of new product revisions: nope.
Macrumors – Lots of laptop upgrades, one with multi-touch trackpad: correct (kind of). There obviously weren’t multiple notebook revisions, but the trackpad was dead on.
Macrumors forums – “Leaked” keynote #1: total fabrication.
Macrumors forums – MacBook ultraportable endowed with super-wide trackpad: so very wrong.
New York Times – Apple got more than just Fox to sign on for rentals: true. Half point, though, for lack of any specifics despite “multiple sources.”
Variety – 24 hour rentals: correct!
Void Inside – “Leaked” keynote #2: also a total fabrication.
Wired – Details and description of the ultraportable: (mostly) wrong. Described as: thin, tapered profile with “aluminum and glass”. Close! But we all knew it’d be thin and aluminum — the multi-touch capable iMac-esque glass display gives this one away.

Total score: 7 / 16

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MacBook Air in the air?

The kids over at 9to5Mac are making the case macbookair that Apple’s rumored ultra-portable will be dubbed the MacBook Air. Besides all the anecdotal evidence supporting their case, one of their readers discovered a machine identifying itself as a “MacBookAir” in a January 9, 2008 Adium usage log — 3 days before the “There’s something in the air” MacWorld banner was revealed. If true, it’s thought that the name could refer to the ultra-portable’s weight, WWAN capability, or even Wireless USB support. As odd as the name might sound, just remember how strange we all thought “Wii” was back in the day. Ok, Air is still bad.
Read — 9to5mac
Read — week 2, 2008 Adium log in Google’s cache