Source Leaderboard

Top Apple Sources in 2022

#NameAccuracy
1🐟 Ross Young92.9%
2🏀 Mark Gurman86.5%
3📉 Trendforce84.5%
4🎧 52audio83.3%
5🕘 9to5Mac82.8%
6❓ MacRumors72.7%
7🇨🇳 China Times72.7%
8👨‍💻 Ming-Chi Kuo72.5%
9🧻 Jon Prosser69.1%
10🍍 Max Weinbach69%
11🔢 DigiTimes61.4%
12🧭 Macotakara58.5%
13🦅 Barclays55.6%
14🖥 Sonny Dickson54.5%
15📱 Jeff Pu50%
16🌳 Wedbush Securities45.4%

Limited rumors

NameAccuracy
ℹ️ The Information100%
🌈 AppleTrack86.7%
💵 Economic Daily News83.3%
🗞 The Wall Street Journal75%
⚡️ The Elec71.4%
🚗 MyDrivers61.1%
🏙 Fast Company40%

Hall of Fame (archived)

NameAccuracy
🧧 Kang97.1%
🪙 CoinX95.2%
🌙 L0vetodream88%
⌛️ Onleaks78.6%
🍫 Fudge74.2%
🛠 Dylandkt70.2%
✅ The Verifier53.9%
⚪️ Mr. white50%
🎨 ConceptsiPhone25%

MyDrivers: 61.1% accurate

In what often feels like shots in the dark, mydrivers.com publishes rumors from Apple’s supply chain…often at the cost of any real accuracy.

Rumor list

2021

✅iPhone SE 3 has 4.7-inch LCD display
✅iPhone SE 3 has home button Touch ID
⛔️iPhone SE 3 has 12MP camera + new sensor
✅iPhone SE 3 has 4GB RAM
⛔️iPhone SE 3 will be $269-399
✅iPhone SE 3 has 5G
✅iPhone SE 3 has A15 chip
✅iPhone SE 3 has 64GB storage
⏳2TB iPhone coming in 2022

2020

✅2020 iPad Air has A14 processor
✅2020 iPad Air has 11-inch display
⛔️2020 iPad Air has 128/256/512GB storage
✅2020 iPad Air has USB-C
✅2020 iPad Air has 4 speakers
⛔️2020 iPad Air will be $649
⛔️2020 iPad Air coming in March 2021
⛔️New iPad Pro coming in September/October

2019

✅2020 iPhone will have improved screen-to-bezel ratio
⛔️2020 iPhone will have smaller notch

Tim Cook on sideloading apps: ‘Buy an Android’

The news: Tim Cook has once again confirmed that Apple has no plans to implement side loading on iPhone, during his appearance at the NYT DealBook Online Summit.

  • “If you want to sideload, you can buy an Android phone….from our point of view, it would be like if I were an automobile manufacturer telling me not to put airbags and seat belts in the car. He would never think about doing this in today’s time…and so it would not be an iPhone if it didn’t maximize security and privacy” Cook says
  • Sideloading on iPhones has been a topic of contention: in recent history, Apple has been facing scrutiny over the App Store and the power they hold as the only way to download apps on their phones

Our take: I respect Cook’s continued dedication to his long-standing take on sideloading. But as someone who wants the most out of my iPhone, I wish there was a way that I could sideload apps. Make it hard, give me a thousand pop-ups, tell me I’m going to be more at risk: just let me choose what I’d like to do with my phone. That being said, I never believe this should be a default feature or even easy to enable out of the box.

iPadOS 15 beta 2 allows apps to use more than 5GB RAM

The news: Apple is planning to allow apps to take better advantage of higher RAM capacities on iPadOS, as first spotted by MacRumors.

  • Developers can request a new entitlement from Apple to allow their apps to use larger portions of RAM on iOS and iPadOS 15 beta 2, which will be especially useful on the M1 iPad Pro models
  • Prior to yesterday’s beta release, apps were limited to 5GB RAM, even on iPads with 8-16GB RAM

Our take: This is…a step in the right direction? The fact that developers have to request access to more RAM is pretty wild, and I’m not sure why Apple needs to control this on iPadOS when RAM permissions have never been an issue on Mac. Still, this is an improvement over what we had before.

Trendforce: 84.5% accurate

According to their website, “TrendForce is an authoritative and dependable brand in industry research,” who occasionally has a scoop about upcoming, unreleased Apple products.

Rumor list

2021

✅iPhone SE 3 launch in Q1 2022
✅2021 iPhones release in September
✅2021 iPhones get smaller notch
✅2021 iPhones get 120Hz on Pro
⛔️2021 iPhones get only 256GB on regular
⛔️2021 iPhones get only 512GB on Pro
✅2021 iPhones get sensor-shift stabilization
✅2021 iPhones get autofocus on Pro ultra-wide lens
✅2021 iPhones LiDAR only on Pro
✅2021 MacBook Pro have Mini-LED display in 14/16-inch sizes
✅2021 MacBook Pro coming in second half of year

2020

✅2020 iPhones won’t have power adapter in box
✅2020 iPhones won’t have EarPods in box

dylandkt: 70.2% accurate

A mysterious Twitter account with a remarkably accurate track record for Mac and Apple Silicon details, dylandkt shares Apple mostly reliable tidbits each month.

Rumor list

2022

⏳2022 Mac mini will release at Apple Spring 2022 event
⏳iPhone SE 3 will release at Apple Spring 2022 event
⏳2022 iPad Air will release at Apple Spring 2022 event
⏳2022 iMac Pro will have better 10-core CPU configuration
⏳2022 iPad 10 will have same design
⏳2022 iPad 10 will have A14 chip
⏳2022 iPad 10 will have Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6
⏳2022 iPad 10 will have 5G
⏳2022 iPad 10 will have Lightning port
⏳Cheaper 14-inch MacBook Pro coming in 2022
⏳2022 14-inch MacBook Pro will be more expensive than 13-inch
⏳2022 14-inch MacBook Pro will have M2 chip
⏳2022 14-inch MacBook Pro will replace 13-inch model
⏳2022 iPhone will have pill-shaped notch

2021

⏳2022 iMac Pro will be called “iMac Pro”
⏳2022 iMac Pro coming in first half of year
⏳2022 iMac Pro has ethernet brick standard
⏳2022 iMac Pro has similar design to iMac 24-inch
⏳2022 iMac Pro will start at or above $2000
⏳2022 iMac Pro will have HDMI, SD card slot and USB-C
⏳2022 iMac Pro will have dark bezels
⏳2022 iMac Pro has M1 Pro and M1 Max chips
⏳2022 iMac Pro base model is 16GB RAM and 512GB storage
⏳2022 iMac Pro will have 120Hz ProMotion
⏳2022 iMac Pro will have 27-inch Mini-LED display
✅2021 MacBook Pro will support more than one display
✅2021 MacBook Pro will have HDMI, SD card slot and MagSafe
✅2021 MacBook Pro will not have Touch Bar
✅2021 MacBook Pro will have new charging brick
✅2021 MacBook Pro base model is 16GB RAM and 512GB storage
✅2021 MacBook Pro will have Mini-LED display
⏳Future iPad Pro will have horizontal camera and Apple logo
✅2021 MacBook Pro will have notable price increase over 13-inch
⛔️New AirPods will launch alongside 2021 iPhones
✅2021 iPhones will get LiDAR on Pro only
⏳New 27-inch iMac coming in 2022
⏳2022 MacBook Air will come in colors
⏳2022 MacBook Air will have M2 chip
⏳2022 MacBook Air launching in first half of year
✅2021 MacBook Pro will launch in October/November
⛔️A15 chip will be comparable to M1 performance
✅2021 iMac will have M1 chip
✅2021 iMac will come in multiple colors
✅Next Apple Silicon coming in 2021
✅macOS 12 will better support iOS apps on Apple Silicon
⛔️Next Mac mini coming in 2021
⛔️Next Apple Silicon will be called “M1X”
✅2021 iMac will have flat edges
✅2021 iMac will have new stand
✅2021 iMac will have thicker bezels than XDR display
⏳2022 Macs will get Face ID
✅2021 MacBook Pro will not have logo on bottom bezel
⏳Apple Silicon will gain dedicated GPU in the future
✅macOS 12 Shortcuts will replace Automator
⛔️macOS 12 some pre-installed apps moved to App Store
⛔️iPadOS 15 will have improved external display support
⛔️iPadOS 15 will have keyboard and mouse support for games
⛔️These iPadOS 15 features will debut at WWDC 2021
⏳Macs getting ProMotion in 2022
✅AirPods 3 coming in 2021
⛔️AirPods 3 will have different tip sizes
✅AirPods 3 will have standard wireless charging case
⏳AirPods Pro 2 coming in 2022
✅2021 iPhones will have 128GB storage
⛔️2021 iPhones will have 6GB RAM
✅2021 iPhones will have ProMotion on Pro models
✅2021 iPhones will release in September
✅2021 iPhones will have powerful A15 chip
⛔️2021 iPhones won’t have cable in the box

2020

✅2021 Macs will all get 1080p webcams
✅2021 14/16-inch MacBook Pros will have same processor
✅2021 Macs will include 14/16-inch MacBook Pro
✅2021 Macs will include redesigned entry level iMac
⛔️2021 iPad Pro will get Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro
⛔️2021 iPad Pro FCP & LP coming at WWDC 2021
⏳Future iPhone will remove Lightning connector
⏳Future iPhone will have eSIM only
⛔️2021 MacBook Pro will have 4 Thunderbolt ports
✅2021 MacBook Pro launching in Q4
✅2021 iPad Pro will have M1 chip
✅2021 iPad Pro will launch in Q1/Q2
✅2021 iPad Pro will have worse performance than other M1 devices
✅No OLED iPad Pro in 2021

MySmartPrice: 100% accurate

Posting a wide range of exclusives each year, MySmartPrice has a proven track record of sharing images of unreleased AirPods before anyone else.

Rumor accuracy

Rumor list

2021

April

  • 2021 iPhone 13 first look, link
    • Same dimensions as iPhone 12
    • Tweaked camera setup on rear
    • New notch design

January

  • iPad Pro first look, link
    • New dimensions of 245.74 x 176.61 x 5.9mm
    • 12 speaker holes are now reduced to 8
    • 3rd mic placed at the top of the device

2020

July

  • iPhone 13 battery capacities, link
    • Apple iPhone 12 mini (5.4-inch): 2227mAh
    • Apple iPhone 12 (6.1-inch): 2775mAh
    • Apple iPhone 12 Pro (6.1-inch): 2775mAh
    • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7-inch): 3687mAh

Siri: 100% accurate

Apple’s poster child for the future of smart assistants, Siri will drop tidbits about future Apple events and products…from time-to-time.

Rumor accuracy

Rumor list

2021

April

  • Apple will hold their next event on April 20 at Apple Park, link

Nikkei Asia: accuracy rating pending

Hearing tidbits from the supply chain from time-to-time, Nikkei Asia often reports on delays and shortages ahead of anybody else.

Rumor accuracy

[coming soon]

Rumor list

2021

April

  • Some MacBook and iPad models delayed until second half of 2021, link

2020

2019

2018

52audio: 83.3% accurate

Specializing in headphone scoops, 52audio has a proven track record of sharing images of unreleased AirPods before anyone else.

Rumor list

2021

✅AirPods 3 hands-on photos
✅AirPods 3 will have semi-in-ear design
✅AirPods 3 will have smaller charging case
✅AirPods 3 will have wireless charging
⛔️AirPods 3 will have optional ear tips
⛔️AirPods 3 will cost ~$150

2020

✅AirPods 3 first look
✅AirPods 3 will have H1 chip
✅AirPods 3 won’t have ANC

2019

✅AirPods Pro first look
✅AirPods Pro will have new pod shape
✅AirPods Pro will be more expensive

First look at Apple’s rumored MagSafe Smart Battery pack

The leak: The first renders of Apple’s rumored MagSafe battery accessory have been shared by Jon Prosser (78.2% accurate).

  • The battery pack will be made primarily of aluminum, with a high-quality plastic finish (similar to Magic Mouse)
  • Prosser reiterates that, due to overheating issues caused by reverse wireless charging functionality, the product could ultimately be scrapped

Our take: Personally, I’d be more interested in the lower-end silicon version that has also been rumored. But having reverse wireless charging on iPhone would be great.