There's no rumour mill in tech quite like the Apple rumour mill, and every week – if not nearly every day – there's something new that Apple is totally making.

We've heard a lot of absurd speculation over the years, but the moles have gotten chattier over time, and a rumour will often build and build until Apple finally makes something official. We saw exactly that process happen recently with the iPhone SE and 9.7in iPad Pro, and we'll probably see it again with the iPhone 7 this autumn.

So what is Apple possibly working on right now? We've compiled 15 of the top recent rumours about Apple products and features, uncovered via reports or patent applications, which range from an electric car to a VR headset, headphone port-less iPhone, and even an Apple Ring.

Apple is definitely going to make all of these things, right? Well, hopefully not the iRing.

1) An electric (and self-driving?) car

An Apple car is probably the most audacious and unexpected thing on this list, and yet surprisingly, it's been widely reported on. What's more, CEO Tim Cook isn't even denying it. Rumours caught fire in early 2015, claiming that Apple had hundreds of people working on an electric car known as Project Titan, and the hits kept coming.

Uncovered emails suggested that Apple was looking for a facility to test self-driving cars – potentially a later goal after launching an initial electric car – and a report said that Apple had "committed" to the project and aimed to finalise it by 2019. More recently, the project lead reportedly left, but Apple supposedly has more and more people working on Titan, and potentially loads of cash invested.

Will we be driving Apple cars in four or five years? Quite possibly. Well, at least those of us who can afford it.

Likelihood: 8/10

2) A streaming TV service

For years, Apple was rumoured to be creating its own streaming TV service to complement its set-top box, and the rumours flared up again in 2015. Reports said that Apple would cobble together a cheaper package of channels like Sling TV or PlayStation Vue, and sell it for much less than the average cable or satellite subscription.

But the plan hit some snags, it seems: channel operators pushed back, and wouldn't give Apple the prices it wanted to be able to deliver cheap bundles. Still, Les Moonves, CEO of American broadcast network CBS, seems confident: "This will happen," he said in December 2015.

Likelihood: 7/10

3) A smart ring

Will the Apple Watch beget the Apple Ring? We're not counting on it, but Apple is at least looking into the possibility. A patent application uncovered in late 2015 shows "devices and methods for a ring computing device," and the illustrations shown are indeed for a wearable device with a screen that sits on your finger.

The touchscreen could be used to interact with the Apple Watch, even, but unless you're a die-hard fan of wearables, chances are that you don't need two of them on at any given time. Would anyone? Apple might try to find out, if the application is any indication.

Likelihood: 4/10

4) Goodbye, old headphones?

Here's the one rumour on this list that almost nobody seems to want to come true: multiple reports have claimed that Apple plans to pull the 3.5mm headphone port from the upcoming iPhone 7, which is expected out later this year.

Why do such a thing? Well, it would supposedly allow Apple to make even thinner devices going forward, and a report from February claimed that the iPhone 7 could also see a second speaker tossed in. But the idea of having to use Lightning-connected earbuds or Bluetooth headphones isn't sitting well with a lot of people. Will Apple really make this gamble?

Likelihood: 8/10

5) Cordless Beats earbuds

If Apple really does ditch the headphone port on the iPhone, the company has a potentially sweet deal to offer: totally cordless Beats earbuds, which are not only wirelessly connected via Bluetooth, but also lack a cord between the buds themselves.

It's said to be like Motorola's Moto Hint headset (shown), albeit doubled, likely also coming with some sort of battery case to charge them on the go when not in use. However, these certainly won't be a pack-in with the phone: you'll probably pay at least a couple of hundred quid for them.

Likelihood: 8/10

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