Will OS X Mavericks be a free upgrade for Mac users?

Today in Apple: OS X Mavericks free? Plus: Retina iPad mini delayed until 2014? And Apple's smartwatch might have a flexible display

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Should OS X Mavericks Be Free?
A blogger thinks that Apple's OS X Mavericks should be a free upgrade for Mac users.

Offering Mavericks for free isn’t far-fetched; Apple already does it with iOS for their iDevices (the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch).

It would also be an attractive move for developers because suddenly developers can depend more on devices having similar operating systems than ever before. That would make it easier for them to develop for the most recent operating systems and more quickly cut ties for hardware and operating systems.

Of course developers moving more quickly and more in step with the current operating system would encourage the users of that software to also stay more in step with current hardware.

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I can't see this happening at all, due to Apple's accounting rules. As I understand it (and tell me in the comments if I've got this wrong) Apple is required to charge for OS X upgrades.

Also, the $20 or whatever charge is pretty much a nominal fee. It certainly isn't going to dissuade most people or companies from upgrading to Mavericks. I doubt most people will even give it a second thought when Mavericks is released (probably at the end of this month).

Retina iPad mini Delayed Until 2014?
Reuters has a story that claims the retina iPad mini will be delayed until 2014.

Apple Inc will be unable to widely roll out a new version of the iPad Mini with a high-resolution "retina" display this month, people who work in the company's supply chain said, leaving the gadget without the sharper screen found on rival tablets from Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

Apple's supply chain is only now gearing up to make retina displays for the iPad Mini, which means the gadgets could be available in only limited quantities this year, if at all, and the company may miss the chance to cash in on the year-end holiday shopping season, the sources said.

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I'd take this article with a big grain of salt. It doesn't specify who the sources are in the supply chain. Tim Cook warned a while back about extrapolating based on data points from Apple's supply chain:

"The supply chain is very complex, and we obviously have multiple sources for things. Yields might vary, supplier performance might vary… Even if a particular data point were factual, it would be impossible to interpret that data point as to what it meant for our business. "

I'll wait until I hear something directly from Apple before I buy into this rumor.

Apple Watch to Have Flexible Display?
Speaking of rumors, The Chosun Ilbo is reporting that an Apple smartwatch might have a flexible display.

Apple has apparently decided to equip its smartwatch with a flexible display, industry sources said.

They said the rumored "iWatch" will be equipped with a plastic OLED monitor that can be bent.

Apple is said to be developing three different models of the iWatch -- a 1.3-inch, 1.4-inch and 1.5-inch prototype. "A prototype of the 1.5-inch has already been made," the source said.

Apple SmartWatch
Image credit: Chosun Ilbo

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Here's another rumor to take with a grain of salt. We have no direct confirmation that Apple is even working on a smartwatch, though it's quite possible. Even if they are, it's probably far too early to start making claims about what it will look like or what components will be in it.

You have to love the Apple rumor mill. It's a non-stop game of hyperbole, unfounded assumptions and enormous amounts of baseless supposition.

What's your take on this? Tell me in the comments below.

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