iOS 7.1 May Ship This Week

I had a good chuckle about this one a few hours ago. John Gruber speculated that iOS 7.1 should ship "any day now" based on some feedback from a "little birdie", and about seven different sites that I follow turned around and reported it as pretty much fact, immediately. I'm sure he's right, but one of the most annoying things about following tech news is how rumour and speculation get re-reported as fact by dozens of other sites so fast. Sometimes some very improbable or even implausible rumours spread like wildfire in a matter of minutes and then end up getting shut down as untrue or a hoax shortly there after. Component "leaks" are the best for this. I end up reading several versions of the same story — or at least the headlines — over and over again every time somebody's got some potential scoop to report.

So, here I am, jumping on the bandwagon for this one. It makes sense, and Gruber doesn't speculate very often.