NZ Apple retailer accidentally confirms Apple Television, iPhone 5? Possibly.

We don't like to add to the rumor mill on most days, but a particular article about a New Zealand Apple reseller caught our eye this morning over on Stuff.co.nz. The General Manager of Youbee, the only Apple retailer for New Zealand was quoted talking about his new retail store for Apple products and said:

'There are going to be some significant products released this year from Apple. There's iPad 3, the iPhone 5 and the Apple television, which everyone's talking about.''

Whoops! The last time we remember, Apple doesn't like it when their retailers go around talking about products that are unreleased, or even unannounced, such as an Apple Television that's been rumored on the internet for a few weeks now. It's hard to believe a small company like Youbee would know details like this, when many of them aren't even known by employees at Apple. It's strange that the General Manager was so confident about it though.

It seems like speculation to us, but there's a possibility it could be insider information based on their parter status. We suspect we'll be hearing from Apple soon to clarify this comment. Put this one down as pure speculation, for now.

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Did anyone else notice the clarity in the title? It really "confirms" that a huge story has just broke....
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"possibly".

Well we "know" already that there will be iPad 3 and iPhone 5 this year.. but wait, I thought we all "knew" that there would be iPhone 5 last year..sigh

umm...could he not maybe be talking about the Apple TV (like, the one that's already buyable?) http://www.apple.com/appletv/
Otherwise, I'd think that it's probably just him speculating.
Tho the iPhone 5/iPad 3 part of it really isn't news....I mean, unless Apple's going to randomly stop two of it's best selling products....

While some or all of it may be true in generic terms -- new versions of iPhone/iPad and something related to TV -- there is no way that dude knows specifics of upcoming products. Apple pride themselves in operating under a shroud of secrecy in order to hype up the marketing spin. Disclosing confidential information about unannounced upcoming products is grounds for immediate dismissal at Apple.

The whole design and prototyping/manufacturing process involves Cupertino and China, New Zealand is not in the loop, especially when it comes to distribution/retail. Thus, this is more of a speculation and not a rumour.

I work for a third party apple retailer. Years ago we would find out about new products early, but too many people would talk even with NDAs in place. So now we find out at the same time as everyone else.

This guy knows nothing.

Ok, ok, I didnt want to post this but here's my inside scoop. After Apple releases the iPad 3, the iPhone 5 and Apple Television look for them to release the iPad 4, the iPhone 6 AND *drum roll* Apple tV 2.

Dont tell anyone ok?

funkydude said,
Here we go with the iPhone 5 rumours again... it will be the iPhone 4gs probably.

the iPad3 & iPhone5 are a given I could see a tv merged with a mini or iOS

funkydude said,
Here we go with the iPhone 5 rumours again... it will be the iPhone 4gs probably.

iphone 3g, iphone 3gs, iphone 4, iphone 4s, iphone 5, iphone 5s

See the pattern?

DomZ said,

iphone 3g, iphone 3gs, iphone 4, iphone 4s, iphone 5, iphone 5s

See the pattern?

1.) iPhone
2.) iPhone 3g
3.) iPhone 3gs
4.) iPhone 4
5.) iPhone 4s
6.) iPhone 4g or iPhone (see number to left)
See the pattern?

Could it be he just said the word television rather than the TV in Apple TV? Seems like there would be marketing confusion if the called it Apple Television

Clearly this is more of a guy just mouthing off on the top of his head instead of revealing anything substantial, caught up in the moment of talking about the new shop opening. He probably wanted to show he is going to sell the latest Apple products and just said anything that will seem blockbuster and in the rumour mill.

Overly defensive response by the author however.

Apple doesn't even directly retail in new zealand so don't even take notice of this news. Resellers wouldn't know s**t.

Digitalx said,
Apple doesn't even directly retail in new zealand so don't even take notice of this news. Resellers wouldn't know s**t.

They're the official retail channel for New Zealand

Owen W said,

They're the official retail channel for New Zealand

Yeah but it'd be like noel leemings confirming apples offerings. They're just resellers that's all they're not part of apple at all and only manage merchandise for their retail stores. Rest is all managed by Apple Australia.

Owen W said,

They're the official retail channel for New Zealand

Yeah but it'd be like noel leemings confirming apples offerings. They're just resellers that's all they're not part of apple at all and only manage merchandise for their retail stores. Rest is all managed by Apple Australia.

While a new iPad and iPhone are probably coming this year, just sounds like a retailer spouting off out the mouth. Maybe they want to get their business name out there or something...who knows.

techbeck said,
While a new iPad and iPhone are probably coming this year, just sounds like a retailer spouting off out the mouth. Maybe they want to get their business name out there or something...who knows.

thats it, Yoobee claim to a "Apple Store" they are nothing more then a shop selling apple products!

lflashl said,

thats it, Yoobee claim to a "Apple Store" they are nothing more then a shop selling apple products!


They're the official retail channel for New Zealand

Just the person's opinion. Apple wouldn't tell any retailer about their unreleased products. Another sensationalist article title from Neowin.

bastones said,
Just the person's opinion. Apple wouldn't tell any retailer about their unreleased products. Another sensationalist article title from Neowin.

Right, and you know everything about apple?

Owen W said,

Right, and you know everything about apple?

We all know how secretive Apple are. So I really don't think Apple would go ahead and tell some retailer in New Zealand about their unreleased products. It's quite logical to assume that. Your article is sensational.

bastones said,
Just the person's opinion. Apple wouldn't tell any retailer about their unreleased products. Another sensationalist article title from Neowin.

linxeye182 said,
Like Apple was sharing its roadmap with a New Zealand retail store. LOL.

Pointless story. More and more Unprofessional journalism on Neowin. Getting tired of it.

well if you dont like the news thats posted goto visit a more "professional" site.
no one put a gun to your head and forced you to signup and post here.

xSuRgEx said,

well if you dont like the news thats posted goto visit a more "professional" site.
no one put a gun to your head and forced you to signup and post here.

Well if you don't like the comments, no one is putting a gun to your head, just don't reply it.

Like Apple was sharing its roadmap with a New Zealand retail store. LOL.

Pointless story. More and more Unprofessional journalism on Neowin. Getting tired of it.

linxeye182 said,
Like Apple was sharing its roadmap with a New Zealand retail store. LOL.

Pointless story. More and more Unprofessional journalism on Neowin. Getting tired of it.


The whole point of the site is unprofessional journalism. "Neowin - Where unprofessional journalism looks better."

linxeye182 said,
Like Apple was sharing its roadmap with a New Zealand retail store. LOL.

Pointless story. More and more Unprofessional journalism on Neowin. Getting tired of it.

You know, nobody is forcing you to come here and read news. If you don't like the articles here, you could just go elsewhere

MASTER260 said,

The whole point of the site is unprofessional journalism. "Neowin - Where unprofessional journalism looks better."

I think it is just an excuse to write whatever any writer want. A scapegoat?

I enjoy neowin anyways.. if they don't want us to take them serious, we won't. But, so much trolling in comment and it's actually fun.

MASTER260 said,

The whole point of the site is unprofessional journalism. "Neowin - Where unprofessional journalism looks better."

looks better........looks better than what?

episode said,
The GM of some random store in New Zealand doesn't know **** about Apple's releases.

Exactly. Even most people who work at Apple HQ in California don't know what Apple are releasing let alone a retail manager in New Zealand. He was obviously only talking about the rumours of the iPhone 5 and Apple Television which everyone is talking about, everyone meaning joe public not Apple bosses.

Vice said,

Exactly. Even most people who work at Apple HQ in California don't know what Apple are releasing let alone a retail manager in New Zealand. He was obviously only talking about the rumours of the iPhone 5 and Apple Television which everyone is talking about, everyone meaning joe public not Apple bosses.


This.

Move along folks, that RM is just an attention whore.

GS:mac

episode said,
The GM of some random store in New Zealand doesn't know **** about Apple's releases.

... and Apple won't even notice the GM's comments. If it does, he may loose his status anyway. Gestapo is very serious about it's products (bleh).