Just Mobile has introduced its new Xtand mobile stand for the iPhone. The Xtand is made from solid aluminum and features a 360-degree rotating iPhone holder that grips the device on all four corners, leaving all ports and controls accessible. The Xtand’s base is reminiscent of Apple’s recent monitor and iMac bases, with a smooth curve at the bottom and a hole in the middle for cable management. Pricing and release information for the Xtand has yet to be determined.
Speaking at an Intel event in Munich, Intel Germany CEO Hannes Schwaderer has said that Apple will unveil two different iPhone devices (Translated link) at its Worldwide Developer Conference, according to ZDNet.de. One model is said to have a larger form factor, a 720x480 screen, and an Intel Atom chip as its main processor, while the other is reportedly similar in size to the current iPhone, but with 3G capabilities. Schwaderer said that the Atom-powered version of the iPhone would be larger not due to the chip’s size, but due to its use of the higher-resolution screen. Apple CEO Steve Jobs will make his keynote address to kick-off WWDC at 10:00 a.m. on June 9. [via Mac Rumors]
Update: Intel has issued a disclaimer (Translated link) regarding Schwaderer’s remarks, saying the CEO made “only general remarks about possible mobile Internet DEVICE (MIDs) and did not speculate upon future iPhone models,” adding that the iPhone was only mentioned as an example of such a device. Intel press spokesman Mike Cato told ZDNet.de, “Intel knows nothing about future products of other manufacturers and can therefore about it also nothing say.”
AT&T is now offering refurbished iPhones in both 8GB and 16GB capacities through its online store. The phones come complete with a one-year warranty, free shipping, and all the standard iPhone pack-ins, including a dock, USB power adapter, stereo headset, and more. The 8GB model sells for $249, while the 16GB model runs $349. The refurbished phones are available while supplies last and are limited to one per customer, per household. [Thanks, Gabe]
CEO of O2 parent Telefónica Europe Matthew Key has said the 3G iPhone will be announced in “the coming weeks.” Speaking after the announcement of O2’s first quarter results, Key was asked when the 3G iPhone would be available. He said: “That’s more of a question for Apple ... but over the coming weeks we will do a joint announcement with Apple as Telefónica Group.” O2 has already sold out of the current 8GB model iPhone, and has a “multi-year” exclusivity deal to offer the iPhone in both the UK and Ireland.
Mophie has announced the availability of its Radura case for iPod classic, iPod nano (with video), iPod touch, and iPhone. The Radura is a clear polycarbonate case that offers open access to all ports and controls, as well as compatibility with the mophie Ratchet swiveling belt clip and the Run armband. The Radura for iPod classic and iPod nano also includes three silicone inserts (in black, pink, and green) which are placed at the rear of the case and offer added shock absorption. “With Radura, we’ve achieved a really great balance of, simple, clear design and strong protection” says Ross Howe, Sales and Product Development Director for mStation/mophie. “Now, owners of all types of iPods and iPhones have a strong, sensible case that offers maximum protection, without sacrificing the unique aesthetics of Apple’s products.” The mophie Radura case for iPod classic, iPod nano (with video), iPod touch, and iPhone is available now and sells for $20. [via Techimoto]
This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an iPhone outside the walls of Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures with your iPod or iPhone, and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!
Swisscom has confirmed in a message on its website that it will carry the iPhone in Switzerland. A recent report suggested the company had reached an agreement with Apple to offer the phone, but nothing official had yet been announced. Swisscom’s message reads: “Swisscom is launching iPhone in Switzerland. The iPhone will be available later this year. We will inform you personally as soon as we have more news.” Below the message is a “Register here” link where users can register to receive more iPhone information when it becomes available. Swisscom is the largest mobile carrier in Switzerland with 5.1 million subscribers (Translated link). [via setteB.IT]
Apple and Emmis Interactive have announced a licensing agreement allowing Emmis to market its custom Storefront technology to other radio stations and media companies. Used exclusively to date by Emmis radio stations, the Storefront technology allows stations to build storefronts with a look and feel consistent with their product, while enabling listeners to easily find and purchase songs they hear on the air through the iTunes Store. Since its launch on Emmis Radio sites in 2006, the Storefront has been among the top five affiliates directing traffic to the iTunes Store. For examples, see the Storefronts of Power 106, Loop 97.9, and 105.7 The Point.
“Many stations’ web sites direct you to another web site to purchase music and require a users’ credit card information, making the buying experience very cumbersome,” Emmis Interactive co-president Rey Mena explained. “Our custom Storefront technology empowers a radio station to configure a station- branded storefront utilizing iTunes’ entire 6 million-song catalog. These storefronts allow listeners to shop from playlists of station artists as well as top picks recommended by on-air talent. It is a critical tool in building the relationship with listeners and offering them a richer user experience.”
Google has released a new beta version of its Reader application designed for the iPhone and other mobile devices with advanced browsers. According to the official Google Reader Blog, the new version is designed to offer many of the same features as the desktop version, while allowing users to read, share, star, and toggle unread status all from a single view, and without needing to reload the page. To access the new beta version of Google Reader for iPhone, visit google.com/reader/i/ from an iPhone or iPod touch.
Apple today announced that CEO Steve Jobs will kick off this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco with a keynote address beginning at 10:00 a.m. on June 9. Interestingly, the official press release also refers to the iPhone and iPod touch’s software as “OS X iPhone™,” the first time the software has been referred to in this way. The WWDC event will feature the first ever iPhone track for mobile developers, providing in-depth sessions and hands-on labs to “fully explore the capabilities of the OS X iPhone 2.0 software, including the iPhone SDK and the App Store.” Apple’s 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference will run June 9 to June 13 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
HBO and Apple have announced that programming from HBO is now available on the iTunes Store, and as reported yesterday, select shows sell for more than the standard $1.99 per episode. “We’re very excited to make these legendary HBO programs available on the iTunes Store,” said Henry McGee, president of HBO Video. “Whether catching up on ‘Sex and the City’ in anticipation of its upcoming movie release or reliving a favorite ‘Sopranos’ episode, we think viewers will love being able to watch these shows on their iPod or iPhone.” “We’re thrilled to bring this incredible lineup of programming from HBO to the iTunes Store,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes. “These are some of the most talked about television shows ever, as well as some of the most requested by our customers.” Episodes of The Wire, Sex and the City, and Flight of the Conchords are $1.99 per episode, while Rome, The Sopranos, and Deadwood episodes are priced at $2.99 each.
Vaja has introduced its new iVolution Stripes leather case for iPhone. The iVolution Stripes shares its basic design with the iVolution Top, offering a flip-down protective front flap, open access to all buttons and controls, and an optional rear clip. Unique to the iVolution Stripes is a customizable five-stripe color scheme, which allows the user “more than one million possible color combinations.” The color of the far left and far right stripes is the same and carries over onto the case’s back, which is a solid color. The Vaja iVolution Stripes for iPhone is available now and starts at $100.
Apple will soon announce a deal with HBO to sell the premium cable network’s programming on the iTunes Store, according to a new report. Citing HBO employees involved in executing the agreement, Portfolio.com says the new offerings could be announced in the next few weeks. Although the details of the agreement are unknown, it appears as though Apple has agreed to a separate pricing structure for HBO content, with both higher pricing for HBO shows and a larger cut for the network possible stipulations. HBO employees said the deal was a result of pressure from parent company Time Warner, with one insider adding, “We should have done this a long time ago.”
A drop-down menu of devices on AT&T’s customer website shows a new “iPhone Black” model alongside a listing for the current iPhone. The menu is visible from the Phone/Device selection screen in the Online Account Management area of the carrier’s website. While no device with that name has been announced, the appearance of the listing does lend credence to prior reports that the next-generation iPhone would be available with a black casing. [via AppleInsider]
A Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) executive has claimed that a 3G-capable version of the iPhone will be on sale in Italy in June, according to an Electronics Weekly report. Speaking to EW’s David Manners, Luigi Licciardi, executive vice president of technology and operations with TIM, said, “We will be selling an iPhone with 3G capability next month.” In the same report, Manners describes a conversation he had with a Vodafone spokesperson, who declined to confirm that the carrier would indeed be offering the 3G iPhone in the ten countries announced last week, indicating that the handset covered by the agreement was simply “an iPhone device.” Both Vodafone and TIM have announced agreements to offer the iPhone in Italy later this year. [via Wired]
The first-generation iPhone is now listed as “Currently Unavailable” on Apple’s Online Store in both the United States and the United Kingdom. This news comes after a week which saw the introduction of more than 20 international iPhone carriers which will offer the iPhone later this year, and comes amidst iPhone sellouts at UK iPhone carrier O2 and retailer Carphone Warehouse stores. The stores, which have been sold out of 8GB iPhones since April, recently ran out of the 16GB model as well, and were unsure whether they would receive more supply. Apple has yet to make any announcement regarding the lack of availability.
Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), Bharti Airtel, Globe Telecom, and SingTel subsidiary Optus have announced they have reached deals with Apple to offer the iPhone in their respective markets later in 2008. SingTel will offer the phone in Singapore, Bharti Airtel in India, Globe Telecom in the Philippines, and Optus in Australia. The announcement of Bharti in India and Optus in Australia also makes these the second and third confirmed non-exclusive iPhone country carriers, behind Telecom Italia Mobile in Italy, as Vodafone will offer the handset in all three markets later this year. StarHub, Singapore’s second-largest telecom firm behind SingTel, said it expects all three mobile operators in the area — SingTel, StarHub and MobileOne — to be offering the phone by the end of the year.
If you haven’t yet started on your submission for the Design the Next iPhone, Win the Next iPhone Contest, there’s still plenty of time to get your entry in—simply submit a brand-new artistic rendition (minimum 1600px wide) of what you think the next iPhone should look like. iLounge’s editors will pick six top concepts from the pool of valid entries, three of which will receive Apple’s next-generation iPhone (!!), while three runners-up will each receive a $100 iTunes Store Gift Card.
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Apple is offering a $45 credit to Canadian iPod owners as part of a class-action settlement. The credit is available to Canadian residents who own a first-, second-, or third-generation iPod purchased before June 24, 2004. The settlement is a result of a suit by two iPod owners angry over the battery life of their devices, which they claim dropped to three hours (from Apple’s claim of eight) after just one year of use. As many as 80,000 Canadians could be eligible for the credit, according to Monteal lawyer Philippe Trudel, who represented one of the plaintiffs. Full details of the settlement are available in both English and French from Apple’s website. [via CNET]