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Some Genius Bars are being repurposed for the holidays, but other changes loom (9to5 Mac)

Source: "People familiar with the matter"

Chance it's true: 100 percent

9to5 Mac hasn't had very many BREAKING EXCLUSIVES since Apple's product launches a couple months ago, but its sources for stories like this are almost always right, which means they're probably leaks from Apple employees.

In this case, "sources tell us some new retail stores are changing the Genius area slightly with no Genius Bar-specific signage or monitors displaying tips." That sounds really confusing from a customer-centered perspective, but okay.

Bose reportedly planning to take on rival Beats Music with upcoming music streaming platform (9to5 Mac)

Source: Job listing

Chance it's true: 100 percent

Just what we need: yet another music streaming service. Even better, yet another music streaming service brought to you by a luxury headphone brand. Personally, I'm holding out to see what Shure comes out with before I hop on the streaming bandwagon.

This 'iPhone 7′ concept shows just how much better the iPhone can get (BGR)

Source: Mockup

Chance it's true: none

We're not likely to see any obvious external design tweaks to the iPhone until late 2016, but bored graphic designers are already barfing out horrid mockups of the next-next-gen iPhone's design.

I have good news, bad news, and the worst news. The bad news is we have close to two more years of this nonsense to look forward to. The worst news is there is no good news.

Gene Munster predicts! This time, Apple television coming in 2016 (TUAW)

Source: Some analyst

Chance it's true: Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Gene "Where's my Apple HDTV" Munster comes out with yet another non-newsworthy prediction of the oft-rumored but never seen Apple HDTV. This time, it's definitely, absolutely, positively coming in 2016. He promises. No really, baby, it won't be like the other times. I can change!

I'll give TUAW a pass for publishing this rumor because my colleague spent the entire article making fun of it. I won't give my colleague a pass, however, because I'm workin' this side of the street, see? *smack*

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