This Week's Rumor Roundup: Xbox 360 price cuts, Apple iPhone 3.0, Dell loves XP, more

Wanna ditch Vista and re-install XP? Dell says pay up.
Microsoft may be prepping its eulogy for Windows XP, but the folks at Dell are singing a different tune and promising their customers Windows XP-based machines. The catch? You'll have to cough up from $50 to $100 for the "downgrade" to XP.

Future Apple iPhone to get water sensors.
Looks like Apple is sick and tired of your lies. (Or at least mine). A new Apple patent calls for a next-gen iPhone with built-in water sensors that indicate when the phone has been exposed to water. So the next time your iPhone gets caught in a thunderstorm (or worse, goes for a swim in your toilet) and you try getting a new one from the Genius Bar by saying "it just stopped working," Apple technicians will be able to check your phone to see how it really broke and deny you that free, in-warranty repair.

E3 to bring external HDD for the Wii and cheaper Xbox 360s?
E3 is still a few weeks away, but the Internet is buzzing with rumors of an external hard drive for the still-hard-to-find Nintendo Wii. Word on the street also says that Microsoft is getting ready for a big Xbox 360 announcement (60GB Xbox 360?) along with price cuts for current 360 consoles.

New iPod Touches for September?
Forget school. September looks like the month we'll get a new iPod touch. Rumor has it that Apple's iPod touch inventory is running dry, and in the world of Apple, that can only mean one thing — product update! Apple, if you're reading, a built-in camera would be awesome.

AMD on the prowl for some cheap laptop action.
Intel's Atom processor is the processor du jour for ultra-low cost notebooks like the Eee PC, but now AMD wants in on the action and is developing its answer to the Atom CPU. Better late than never.

Louis Ramirez is dealnews' Features Editor and hates Vista so much he'd pay $50 to make it go away.

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