Looking for real rumors?
Browse the USPTO publications with "Research In Motion" as the assignee name to find what they've disclosed so far. Publications are usually granted 18 months before the patents. For the next year and a half, the USPTO reviews the claims and prior art before granting patents.
For the rest of us, it's a great repository of RIM stuff. If flow diagrams aren't your thing, the new handheld designs and QWERTY layouts might be! Some are ccol, others are outrageous! Hopefully, they are staking claim on some just to prevent their release!
"Media Storage Device" has long been a wish or rumor depending on who you talk to on BBForums. Now, you can see a drawing of it! 20050269224 Media storage devices (08Dec05) - A multi-CD-Rom holder for binders!! HAHAHA! Okay, so BES Admins might want a RIM-branded storage binder on their shelf!?
Right now. there (91) Publications issued in 2005, (4) in 2004, and (2) in 2003. The publications can be viewed as text-only on the USPTO site. If you have a Tiff Reader installed, you can see images of the publications (and patents), including drawings. I use AlternaTIFF, which is an ActiveX installation - info on the USPTO site too.
Get a real rumor started! I'll leave a few listings below.
20050272484 Mobile communication device
20050269224 Media storage devices
20050244207 Mobile device
20050193345 System and method for message display and management
20050193082 System and method for remotely configuring a desktop mailbox
20050192061 Communications system providing automatic text-to-speech conversion features and related methods
20050192002 Method and system for remotely testing a wireless device
20050190146 Track wheel with reduced space requirements
20050190083 Keyboard arrangement for handheld electronic devices
20050187774 System and method for multi-lingual translation
20050186977 Automated switching of user notification profiles in a mobile device
20050129235 System and method of secure garbage collection on a mobile device
20050082148 Shock absorbent roller thumb wheel
20050033512 Mobile device with on-screen optical navigation