Peek at “engineering samples” for next iPhone, iPad
Details: Look at these shiny metal objects. Just look at them. One of them is nearly 4 inches across in screen size, giving credence to all the “bigger iPhone” rumors. The other thing, the smaller iPad everyone’s thinking about, has a smaller dock connector, rear speakers placed firmly in the middle of the device, and closer to 8 inches than 7.
Likelihood: No way do engineering samples get into the wild like this. These may line up with what others have said Apple is planning to do, but only because they were built that way. That you see this exact device come from Apple? 30 percent.
Get excited?: Only if you run an Apple-based blog.
Microsoft ditching widgets in Windows 8
Details: Desktop gadgets, those little bits of HTML that can read from feeds and perform small tasks (that very few people like), were accepted and supported in consumer preview and earlier builds of Windows 8. In a more finalized version of Windows 8, though, they’re nowhere to be found.
Likelihood: 50-50. Operating system builds are big balls of yarn, and a thread missing here or there can be added in just before launch, as happens on Windows, Mac, and Linux OS releases quite often. But we can hope.
Get excited?: If you’re anything like me, you’ve seen desktop widgets go from an enabled-on-install sidebar in Vista, to a quirky option in Windows 7, to, now, hopefully, completely gone. I’m excited about no longer having to drag a clock into the trash, that’s for sure.