Roundup of "whispers" from reliable Apple bloggers

A couple famous Apple bloggers are stating on Branch the various "whispers" they hear regarding upcoming Apple products.

Rene Ritchie (iMore):

  • I've heard from several sources that there was/is an event planned for April, new 9.7 inch iPad if it's ready.
  • Also still hearing iPhone 5S for August (though a lot of other people are saying July, so maybe it's more of a window than a date for now).
  • Ive's work is apparently making many people really happy, but will also apparently make rich-texture-loving designers sad.

Matthew Panzarino (The Next Web)

  • I've also heard April, but never in conjunction with iPhone, only iPad. August not only sounds more likely, it is more likely for a lot of logical reasons [...]

John Gruber (Daring Fireball)

  • What I've heard: iOS 7 is running behind, and engineers have been pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it.
  • Regarding Ive: Word on the street is that iOS engineers with carry privileges all have some sort of polarizing filter on their iPhone displays, such that it greatly decreases viewing angles, thus making it difficult for observers to see the apparently rather significant system-wide UI overhaul.
  • @Rene. [Following his comment about Ive's textureless design] Yep.

Clayton Morris (Fox News):

  • Yes I second [what Gruber said]. To John's point I've heard from engineers who've been moved off of their current 'non-profit generating projects' in order to work on the high priority software projects.
  • I've been hearing rumblings of an April event for sometime now, as I'm sure we all have. [...]
  • My money is still on a Spring event that hits in late April or early May.

Tim Stevens (Engadget):

  • Given how late we are in the year already, I think it'd make sense to wait until WWDC to give us a new phone.

MG Siegler (TechCrunch):

  • Since we're talking whispers, the one thing I've heard multiple times now is about some sort of biometric scanner on the new iPhone. Perhaps not surprising given the AuthenTec buy — but surprised it would be this soon. Still, have heard it could be a big part of not only authentication, but payments of some sort (maybe even through Passbook) down the road. The most intriguing whisper: that Apple could charge a fee for devs to use it.