Mac News and Rumors for August 13th

 

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This week, we jump right into the rumor mill, which is churning at full speed.  The oldest of all Mac rumors is that the iPhone is coming to Verizon and once again we see some buzz in this area.  We also hear about a new version of the iPad coming early next year and discuss potential features in a new edition of the iPod Touch.

iPhone Finally Coming to Verizon?

Will the iPhone appear on Verizon in January 2011?  Fueling this speculation is that Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg will offer the keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  There’s also a rumor that Apple has placed a large order for Qualcomm CDMA chips for an iPhone production run scheduled for December.

More Power!

Apple has started accepting orders for the new 12-core Mac Pro machines.  They come in three different base configurations, the cheapest sporting a Quad-Core 2.8 GHz, the middle model being an Eight-Core (two 2.4GHz), and the most expensive being the 12-Core (two 2.66GHz six-core Westmere Processors).  Each configuration can be further customized within the Apple Store.  The new Mac Pros are expected to start shipping at the end of next week.

New iPod Touch to Have Two Cameras and Retina Display?

John Gruber at Daring Fireball says that Apple’s next iPod Touch will be released within a few weeks and have a retina display and two cameras, much like the iPhone 4.  Most people believe that the new iPod Touch device will be very similar in form and function to the iPhone 4, but the camera features have been debated for some time.  The iPod Touch, when released, may only have the front-facing camera so that it can engage in FaceTime-like calls over WiFi connections, which doesn’t make much sense since FaceTime as it exists now requires a phone call plus a WiFi connection.

$50 Million WCOOP Coming to PokerStars

The single biggest tournament promotion in the history of online poker is coming to PokerStars on September 5th.  The annual World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) was recently announced and will boast a total guaranteed prize pool of $50 million.  The 2010 WCOOP will have 62 events, including three High Roller contests, and will conclude with the No Limit Hold’em Main Event with a jaw-dropping prize pool of $10 million.  WCOOP event qualifiers are already running on the Mac-compatible online poker site.  Head to PokerStars now.

FTOPS XVII Continues

Not to be outdone, the 17th Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) continues this week at Full Tilt Poker with millions of dollars hanging in the balance.  Six events on the FTOPS XVII docket feature the Rush Poker format, including Sunday’s Event #33, a $150+$13 No Limit Hold’em Rush Rebuy that will have a $750,000 guarantee prize pool.  The Main Event of FTOPS XVII will feature a $3 million guarantee and also takes place on Sunday, August 15th.  Visit Full Tilt Poker for more details.

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