Is Apple purposely leaking [mis]information?
Am I the only one that finds it a little bit odd that ZDNet has gotten information about Mercury, the supposed PowerBook G4, and InkWell, the supposed Newton HWR system for Mac OS [X]?
Apple's normally very air-tight, you can't get anything out of them. But suddenly, after MacWorld, there's all this information, and even pictures, of unreleased and unannounced products.
Conspiracy theory #1: It's all bogus. Apple Misinformation Campaign hits ZDNet.
I mean, a slot-loading DVD-ROM drive on a PowerBook? Personally, I wouldn't want a gaping hole on the side of my computer only a half an inch off the ground, where dust and spilled liquids could destroy the machine.
Handwriting recognition? Well, I'd love it, and the theory that a new PDA-style portable OS X machine using this software is forthcoming is very intruiging, but I think it's just too good to be true. (somebody pinch me!)
Conspiracy Theory #2: Apple has decided to let some information through, either as a trial balloon, or to get people excited about handwriting recognition for a few months before they announce it, so that there won't be as many knee-jerk negative reactions about it.
Conspiracy Theory #3: It just got leaked.
Conspiracy Theory #4: Apple's changing their ways and is letting more info out to the press, because they realize they've been way TOO tight with future product information.