The latest Digitimes.com rumor has hit the Mac web again. The claim this time is that Apple is delaying Mac OS X Leopard until October 2007.
For whatever reason, Digitimes seems to draw the attention of the mainstream Mac web as well as other random bloggers. I’m not sure why there seems to be a sense of authority behind their rumors, but Gizmodo even claimed today that they were “usually pretty spot-on about Apple rumors.”
I can tell you right now that this is not the case. At MacRumors.com, we’ve even tried to stop linking to their stories due to their historical inaccuracy, in an attempt to prevent their spread. The problem with this strategy is two-fold.
1) Sites that have larger viewership than ours have started publishing these reports, so any attempt to suppress these rumors is relatively futile.
2) Readers continue to submit the rumor and do want to discuss it in our forums.
As a result, we’ve continued to publish these rumors — mostly on Page 2, with heavy disclaimers about Digitimes’ accuracy.
I thought I’d take some time and recap their rumor history again for those keeping track. Here are Digitimes rumors reported on MacRumors over the past 5 years along with their outcomes:
15″ MacBook in 2nd Quarter 2007 (2007) – Unknown
LED-Lacklit Apple Laptops (2007) – Possible
Apple Notebook with Robson Caching (2006) – Possible
AMD Apple Laptop (2006) – Wrong
Wireless iPods (2006) – Wrong
Apple 17″ Widescreen LCD (2006) – Wrong
2GB and 4GB iPod Shuffles (2005) – Partially True – 2GB and 4GB Nanos
Apple Widescreen iBook (2005) – Wrong
PowerBook G5 and iBook G5 (2005) – Wrong
Intel Mac Mini, iBook, iMac due June 6 2006 (2005) – Wrong
15.4″ Powerbook (2003) – Wrong
Wireless Apple Tablet (2003) – Wrong
Termination of 17″ iMac (2003) – Wrong
19″ iMacs (2002) – Wrong
Here are the stats:
14 rumors total. 1 True. 10 Wrong. 2 Possible. 1 Unknown.
I’ll leave it to the reader to decide how likely it is that this latest rumor will come true.