Office on the iPad rumors, a bulkier iPad 3 case, and desktop-ready Android?

In which we sort through the tech web's whispers and insinuations and try to pin down the likeliest happenings.

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Likelihood: Tricky. Microsoft flat-out denied the rumor to the New York Times, although the way it reads, they could be denying the existence of the particular app in the image shown by The Daily, and denying the specifics of the rumor, not the existence of the app itself.

Get excited?: Personally, I think it makes sense for Microsoft to release Office for iPad, even if it’s likely a key app for upcoming Windows 8 tablets. They’ll need to sell Windows 8 tablets on something beyond “Edit your spreadsheets on big ol’ glass,” anyways. Don’t be surprised, at least.

iPad 3 has a bulkier case and two times the iPad 2 resolution

Source: M.I.C. gadget, a blog that TechCrunch says has been reliable in the past.

Details: With just a few weeks to go until the expected launch of the iPad 3, images of the glass, the side buttons, and close-ups of the pixel density for the iPad 3 have apparently leaked out of a Taiwanese maker of LCD backlight units. Besides confirming the notable resolution bump, the case for the iPad 3 looks to be a big thicker than the 2.

Likelihood: The double-density pixels are all but a confirmed among the tech press at every level. The thicker case? That’s a more recent rumor, and one that doesn’t seem very Apple-like, unless you think Apple needs more space for heftier guts, a 4G LTE radio, and more battery life. And those are the only reasons Apple would ever allow for a device line to get larger.

Get excited?: If you’re already hedging your gadget money on the iPad 3, then this is just another confirmation that it’s coming, and that it looks crisp.

Android 5.0 to feature desktop docking

Source: Mobile-Review blogger Eldar Murtazin, somewhere inside a lengthy blog post written in Russian translated, awkwardly, here.

Details: Building on the Webtop platform developed by Motorola, and used in previous phone-but-also-a-mini-laptop devices like the Atrix, Android 5.0 would allow for docking a phone to a desktop for use of files, but also app data syncing, perhaps some full-screen Android app use, and more.

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