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Just in case you've somehow missed it, today is sort of a big day for Apple. The company is gearing up to kick off their Worldwide Developers Conference, and with it a bunch of new things. Well, they're expected to launch new things, because as it stands right now no one knows anything about what's going to be showcased.

There have been rumors and some leaks, but the truth is Apple has managed to keep the information locked down, which may be only one real reason some folks out there are excited for the announcement. Because the reveal hasn't already been ruined, as it has so many times before. For the first time in a long time, we're going into this (relatively) dark, and that's exciting all by itself.

And, there, that takes care of my pre-WWDC things. So, let's move on.

Yesterday, SamMobile posted a report on what is believed to be a prototype of the next Galaxy Note from Samsung. This isn't the first time that the Galaxy Note III has made it into the news before any kind of official announcement, but this is the first time that we're seeing a piece of hardware, with functioning bits, reportedly running with the Galaxy Note III title. And while it may only be a prototype, or not even anything of substance at all, I realize that I'm actually excited for the device to launch later this year.

Being able to track the next big announcement from a company, based on previous years and previous announcements, means that you can basically judge where your excitement levels will be throughout the year. And IFA in September, where it's believed Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note III is something I already can't wait for.

It's good timing, too, isn't it? Sure, the leaked image was reported on yesterday, but right on the eve of something as big as WWDC is still hard to ignore. And how else could Samsung get some attention going their way, even if they didn't have anything to do with it (wink-wink)? You leak the successor of the company's biggest big seller in their portfolio.

If you believe in coincidences, then this is probably pretty high up there. The prototype for the Galaxy Note III just happened to leak a day before WWDC and all that. But I don't think you'd be crazy if you thought it's a bit *too* coincidental. And the truth is, that's okay, because it's a good thing.

The rumored specifications for the next Galaxy Note are impressive all by themselves, but when you couple them with the leaked image of the prototype unit, you get a picture that's hard to look away from. With an alleged 13MP camera on the back, a 5.99-inch sAMOLED display, S Pen functionality, somewhere in the ballpark of 2GB of RAM, and an octa-core processor? What's not to like there?

Whether Samsung had anything to do with the perfectly-timed leak is anyone's guess, and I'm sure there could be some great conversation around that. What the leak did for me is remind me that while I may be excited for what Apple is about to announce, there is still more coming later this year. Samsung won me over with the Galaxy Note II, even with its AMOLED display, and this prototype has me all excited for a new device with a ridiculously thin bezel.

What do you think of the alleged Galaxy Note III prototype? Do you think the final version will look anything like what we're seeing here? Or is this just a guess from someone who can put out some nice fake hardware? Either way, are you more excited for what Samsung will announce later this year, or what Apple has coming in a few hours? Let me know!


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