This week’s rumors (and my take on them): March 18

Each week brings a handful of Apple rumors. Here’s what’s making the rounds this week (and my take on ‘em):

Apple has been working on “Project McQueen,” a plan to become more reliant on its own data center infrastructure and reduce its dependence on public clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, according to VentureBeat. Why? The Cupertino, California-based company isn’t happy that AWS doesn’t load photos and videos onto users’ iOS devices quickly enough. Apple has bought land in both China and Hong Kong to build out data centers, according to VentureBeat. In the meantime, Apple may use Google’s public cloud in addition to Azure and AWS, according to CRN. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 90%. Apple is indeed building data centers all across the globe. And, as Steve Jobs once said, the company likes to control the “whole widget.”

Apple's Nevada data center and solar field

Apple's Nevada data center and solar field

The Apple car will likely appear in 2019 or 2020, and go on sale in 2021 priced around $75,000, Apple financial analyst Gene Munster said in a recent interview with Apple Car Fans. That would put the Apple car in the same league as the Tesla Model S, an appropriate comparison because Apple’s first production vehicle is widely expected to be electric. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 50%. Hey, Apple hasn’t even officially confirmed its auto plans. However, if it does release a car, I expect it to cost $50,000 and up.

Rumored case designs purportedly leaked from Apple supplier Catcher Technology suggest that the next major iPhone design will feature a streamlined rear case design with larger cutout accommodating a virtually flush rear camera lens. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 100%. When has Apple ever not wanted a next gen smartphone to be more streamlined?

Following a rumor that Apple may sell an iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB storage, Italian website HDblog has shared pictures of a SanDisk 256GB NAND flash memory chip that could be appropriate for the next-generation smartphone. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 70%. I sure hope it’s true. I want an iPhone, and iPad Pro, with more storage capacity.