I'm not terribly surprised. Like I mentioned yesterday, the latest Digitimes rumor contradicted at least one of their earlier rumors. There's a reason why I call them rumor mongers, and today's news shows that I'm describing them accurately.
Do you know, this reminds me of one Digitimes rumor I debunked a few months back. Digitimes was reporting that the then not yet released Kindle Fire was doomed. According to Digitimes' sources, their sources doubted its success because it had a 7" screen and thus it would be entering a crowded market. That's nonsense now, but at the time there was absolutely nothing to support the idea.
One reader commented that he suspected Digitimes (or their sources) had an ulterior motive. That story wasn't published for its news value, but was instead leaked in order to manipulate the stock price. I wonder if that's what is happening here?
Well, not stock price so much as manipulating tablet sales. This rumor is likely to cause some to delay purchases and get their hopes up. During that delay Apple's competitors have a chance make a few more sales to disappointed consumers.
In any case, nonsense like this is why I didn't used to report on rumors. And I still have to control my gag reflex even today.