iLounge is pleased to announce the iPWR SuperPack Giveaway. In our Giveaway of the Month for June, 20 lucky iLounge readers will receive an iPWR SuperPack Rechargeable External Battery for the iPhone or iPod touch. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page—the giveaway will end on June 30, 2009 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!
The ability of users to re-download previously purchased apps over-the-air may be restricted in iPhone OS 3.0, according to a new report. Currently, users may purchase and then re-download applications an infinite number of times across multiple devices. Mac Rumors has posted a screenshot showing a new iPhone OS dialog box which informs the user that they’ve already purchased the item, and that they can download the app for free on their computer via iTunes, or can tap Buy to purchase the item again. The article points out that the restriction may be aimed at preventing the illegal sharing of applications across devices; it may, however, be designed to decrease the amount of cellular network data demand attributable to unlimited multiple re-downloads.
Best Buy has issued a corporate memo to mobile sales employees, warning them that inventory of the iPhone 3G will be constrained over the coming weeks, and that some locations may run out of stock completely. AppleInsider notes that the internal advisory is similar to one recently sent out by Australian iPhone distributor Brightpoint; the memo also follows a report from last week stating that AT&T is running short on new iPhone 3G units, and has begun to offer refurbished units instead. Supplies of iPhone units have traditionally dwindled during the time leading up to the introduction of a new iPhone model.
Belkin has introduced its new TuneBase FM and TuneBase Direct in-car accessories for the iPod and iPhone. Both products feature case-compatible adjustable device cradles, which are attached to a cigarette lighter-mounted arm and offer charging capabilities. In addition, both products offer push-button call pickup and speakerphone functionality, playing call audio through the automobile’s stereo via a direct 3.5mm input for TuneBase Direct, or via a built-in FM transmitter in the case of TuneBase FM. Belkin’s new TuneBase FM will be available in mid-July for $90, while TuneBase Direct will sell for $70, and will be available this month.