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Just because there are never enough ways to spend money, we have some rumors that the iPad 3 will contain a near field communications chip.
The Magic 8 Ball: The Magic 8 Ball reads, "Very doubtful". This might make sense for a phone, but it's pretty impractical to swipe an iPad against a gas pump.
Image: Here's an example of an NFC chip from Samsung.
This incredibly silly rumor (propagated by one of our own bloggers here on ZDNet) contends that you'll be able to choose your operating system. Because Apple's always been so flexible about what you're allowed to run.
The Magic 8 Ball: The Magic 8 Ball reads, "Don't count on it". Or, to put it another way, absolutely, positively no way, Jose.
This rumor is a twisted twist on the Windows 8 tablet announcement for ARM. Basically, the Windows 8 tablets for the ARM architecture are apparently going to include a copy of Microsoft Office for ARM.
Now, as it turns out, you can run Windows on an iPad (for $5 a month), using a service called OnLive Desktop Pro, that will run a virtual session remotely. The same company offers a free version that has a virtual connection to Microsoft Office.
The Magic 8 Ball: The Magic 8 Ball reads, "My reply is no". Actually, the answer is "no" if you want to know if it'll be from Apple. But it's pretty clear the service is available from OnLive.