Here are the latest Apple-related rumors from the blog-o-sphere:

“New York, California, Texas and Oregon are all said to be competing to become home to a major semiconductor manufacturer said to have ties with Apple and production of chips for devices like the iPhone and iPad.” — “AppleInsider” (

“Initial testing of Apple Inc.’s television sets have gotten underway at Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.” — “Focus Taiwan” (

“Component makers for the second-generation iPad mini are supposedly preparing for an earlier-than-expected time to market, says one analyst, though the exact timeframe is in question as Apple has yet to complete the global rollout of the first-generation model.” — “AppleInsider” (