That doesn't sound like a "choice between equally undesirable alternatives." It sounds like a...choice.
iPad 5 to be released September 10, with new iPhones...oh, sorry, wrong rumor
The iOSphere was thrown into a tizzy when MacRumors' Eric Slivka noticed a detail mentioned in passing in a Bloomberg story about Apple's plan to open its first Tokyo retail store.
"Buried in an article about Apple's upcoming Tokyo retail store, Bloomberg briefly mentions that Apple's Sept. 10 media event will see the introduction of not only new iPhone models, but also new iPads," Slivka wrote in his post.
Slivka was right, but it turns out Bloomberg was wrong. The current version of the Bloomberg post drops the "tablet" reference, without noting the change.
Then longtime Apple watcher Jim Dalrymple, at TheLoop, gave his judgment of the iPhone + iPad September 10 cornucopia: "Nope. No iPads."
Slivka dutifully added another update to his post: "Update 3: The Loop's Jim Dalrymple has confirmed that there will be no iPads introduced at Apple's September 10 iPhone media event."
That's one way of phrasing it.
iPad mini 2 will still have an aluminum rear housing
It's been a busy week for Australia's Sonny Dickson. Besides the previously mentioned iPad 5 front panel, he also posted images purporting to be the iPad mini 2's rear housing.
As you can see from this photo, assuming it's not actually the rear housing of an existing iPad mini, the next iPad mini will also have an aluminum rear housing, shaped just like the current mini's rear housing.
BGR's Zach Epstein was just thrilled. "Retina iPad mini housing leaks in huge photo gallery" was the headline to his post.
"The case looks a lot like the current-generation iPad mini housing of course, though there are some subtle differences," he wrote. Apparently they were so subtle that he didn't bother to mention them. "But no one will care about the new tablet's case when it launches -- all eyes will instead be fixed on the tiny tablet's new Retina display."