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Booq unveils Taipan Spacesuit XS for iPad

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Booq has unveiled its new Taipan Spacesuit XS for the iPad. This sleeve-style case features 3mm of neoprene cushioning for protection, a plush non-scratch interior lining, a vertical design with a YKK dual-zippered closure, a cushioned jersey trim to protect the end of the device from zipper scratches, and a unique spacesuit-inspired pattern on the exterior. Booq’s Taipan Spacesuit XS for the iPad is available now in three color combinations and sells for $30.

Apple hires key Palm webOS engineer Dellinger

Apple has hired Rich Dellinger, a User Interface Design Architect at Palm, as a Senior User Interface Designer. According to Dellinger’s LinkedIn page, he was responsible for creating the “non-intrusive banner notification system used in webOS,” and also “co-developed the Application Framework used by webOS,” including the “CSS structure and defined HTML layout.” This will not be the first time Dellinger has worked at Apple, however, as he originally joined the company in December 1999 as a Senior Technical Support Engineer, before moving his way up to a User Interface Designer position in which he “designed applications for Apple products, including Mac OS X, iPod, and iPhone,” before leaving for Palm in April 2006. [via PreCentral]

iPhone, iPad Apple Design Awards handed out

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As part of its ongoing WWDC 2010 event, Apple has given out its annual Apple Design Awards to notable iPhone and iPad apps. According to the company’s website, the Awards recognize apps that “demonstrate technical excellence, innovation, technology adoption, and quality.” This year’s iPhone winners included Lima Sky’s Doodle Jump, Firemint’s Real Racing, Sophiestication Software’s Articles, Steve Sprang’s Brushes, and Zolo’s 20 Minute Meals for Jamie Oliver. Among the iPad applications honored were The Financial Times’ Financial Times iPad Edition, Agile Partners’ TabToolkit, Vito Technology’s Star Walk for iPad, Firemint’s Flight Control HD, and OOO Gameprom’s Pinball HD. In an unusual move likely due to the iOS focus of this year’s conference, Apple did not include a Mac application category in its Design Awards event. [via Ars Technica]

Incipio, Case-mate debut iPhone 4 case lineups

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Incipio and Case-mate have debuted their new case lineups for the iPhone 4. Incipio’s new cases include an updated version of its best-selling, form-fitting Feather case, available in 12 different colors, and the new Destroyer case, a protection-focused case featuring a shock-absorbing inner layer and an outer “glass reinforced resin” shell. Case-mate’s offerings include an updated version of its I Make My Case custom-designed case, and the Fuel Lite, a slim battery pack case offering up to two extra hours of battery life for $50. All of Incipio and Case-mate’s new cases for the iPhone 4 are coming soon.

Westone intros ES5 custom earphones

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Westone has introduced its new ES5 Elite Series Custom In-Ear Monitors. Custom molded to fit the individual user’s ear anatomy, the ES5 features five balanced armature drivers with a passive three-way crossover, 25dB of ambient noise reduction, and an included deluxe carrying case, cleaning cloth, a bottle of Oto-Ease, and a wax loop. Westone’s ES5 In-Ear Monitors require ear impressions to be taken and will be available June 28 for $950.

Scosche, Cygnett roll out cases for iPhone 4

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Scosche Industries and Cygnett have both rolled out their new cases for the iPhone 4. Scosche’s new cases include the bandEdge g4, a polycarbonate and rubber edge case priced at $25, and the kickBack g4, a glossy polycarbonate and rubber hybrid case featuring an integrated rear horizontal kickstand for $35. Cygnett’s new offerings for the iPhone 4 include the WorkMate, a dual-layer silicon case with ribbed edges for added shock protection and an included screen protector, and the Molecule, a perforated silicon case with six interchangeable inserts and an included screen protector. Both companies’ new cases for the iPhone 4 are coming soon.

Cisco licenses iOS trademark to Apple

Cisco has reached an agreement to license its iOS trademark to Apple. During its WWDC 2010 keynote address, Apple announced that it would be changing the name of iPhone OS to “iOS,” which was covered under a Cisco trademark relating to its “IOS” network infrastructure software. “Cisco has agreed to license the iOS trademark to Apple for use as the name of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad,” Cisco said in a statement reprinted on a company blog. “The license is for use of the trademark only and not for any technology.” Notably, Cisco was also the owner of the iPhone trademark when Apple first introduced the phone in January of 2007; the dispute over the name led to a lawsuit which was eventually dropped when the two companies came to an agreement to share the iPhone name.

Four carriers to offer iPhone 4 in U.K.

O2, Orange, Vodafone, and T-Mobile in the U.K. have all announced that they will offer the iPhone 4. Orange, Vodafone, and O2 have posted special webpages for the iPhone 4 where users can sign up to receive more information as it becomes available, while T-Mobile has simply made an announcement, saying that “further information on launch timings, pricing and tariff plans will be revealed in due course.” Notably, this marks the first time T-Mobile will officially offer an iPhone model in the U.K. Apple will launch the iPhone 4 in the U.S., France, Germany, the U.K., and Japan on June 24. [via Pocket-Lint]

Share the iPad Guide for shot at $3K in prizes

To celebrate the release of The iPad Buyers’ Guide + Free iPod/iPhone Book 5, iLounge is offering our readers a chance to win some great prizes for sharing the Book with friends, family, and social network followers. To enter, simply retweet this message—complete with bit.ly link—to your followers. 50 retweeters will be selected at random to win CandyShell cases from Speck, while four additional readers will be selected based on the positive influence of their tweets to receive either one of three second-place prizes—iHome iA5 App-Enhanced Alarm Clocks—or the grand prize, an iHome iP1 Studio Series Speaker System. Our Share the iPad Guide Contest ends on June 15, 2010 at 11:59PM Pacific Time; more information, including official rules, are available on the contest page. Thanks, and good luck!

Apple drops iPhone 3GS pricing ahead of iPhone 4

Apple has dropped prices on its remaining iPhone 3GS units ahead of the launch of iPhone 4. The company’s online store is now offering 16GB iPhone 3GS units for $149, while 32GB models are priced at $199. Both Apple and AT&T have already sold out of their remaining iPhone 3G units; Apple will be replacing the $99 iPhone 3G with a new, same-priced 8GB iPhone 3GS model, presumably on June 24, when the iPhone 4 officially launches. Notably, these price drops do not represent the best pricing currently available on the iPhone 3GS, as Walmart dropped its pricing on the 16GB model to $97 in late May. [via Mac Rumors]

U.S. iPhone users reporting phantom data usage

A number of U.S. iPhone users are complaining of recurring mystery data usage appearing on their AT&T accounts. According to an Apple Support discussions thread, the mystery charges appear to be occurring late at night, typically between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. Some users report that these late night data sessions have reached as high as 70MB, theoretically ruling out the possibility of simple statistics uploading, as one user points out. None of the users reporting problems has yet been able to identify the culprit, and neither AT&T nor Apple has been able to offer any explanation.

Apple releases iOS 4 GM, iTunes 9.2 Beta to developers

Apple has released the Golden Master Candidate version of iOS 4, as well as iTunes 9.2 Beta, to registered iPhone developers. The iOS 4 GM Candidate is a near-final version of the next-generation iPhone and iPod touch operating system, offering a number of new features including multitasking folders, the unified Mail inbox, rotation lock, and more. iTunes 9.2 will include a number of new features, including support for iPhone 4, the ability to sync and organize books on the iPhone and iPod touch and PDFs on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, the ability to create iOS Folders from within iTunes, faster back-ups when syncing an iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4 installed, and performance improvements. Both iOS 4 GM and iTunes 9.2 Beta are available for download now from the iPhone Dev Center. Apple will launch iOS 4 on June 21 as a free upgrade for all applicable products, including the second- and third-generation iPod touch, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS; iTunes 9.2 will likely appear around this time, as well.

Update: Apple has announced that developers can start submitting iOS 4 applications for approval on June 10, 2010.

Apple posts WWDC 2010 keynote video stream

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Apple has posted an on-demand Quicktime streaming video of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote address from WWDC 2010. During the address, Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4, discussed some of the new features of iOS—formerly iPhone OS—4, and gave several updates regarding the iPad and App Store. For more coverage of yesterday’s event, see our full transcript, our Flickr photostream, and our News section.

AT&T details iPhone 4 upgrade pricing

AT&T has announced details of its upgrade pricing scheme for the iPhone 4. According to the company, new customers, upgrade eligible customers, as well as any iPhone customer who would be upgrade eligible for a discounted device by the end of 2010 will be able to purchase the iPhone 4 at the $199 and $299 price points with a new two-year agreement. AT&T customers can instantly check their upgrade eligibility dates by calling *639# from their iPhones; several iPhone 3GS users, including at least two iLounge editors, have reported that they are already listed as being upgrade eligible. For iPhone customers whose upgrade eligibility date is some time in 2011, AT&T is offering early upgrade pricing of $399 for the 16GB iPhone 4 and $499 for 32GB units, again with a new two-year agreement. Finally, customers who choose not to sign a new agreement are eligible for AT&T’s no commitment pricing, which is $599 for the 16GB model and $699 for the 32GB model. Apple will launch the iPhone 4 on June 24; pre-orders open on June 15.

Update: For more information, see our Complete Guide to What U.S. Users Will Pay for iPhone 4.

WWDC App Debuts: iMovie, Guitar Hero, Netflix, Farmville

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During its WWDC keynote address, Apple and several third-party developers announced notable new and upcoming app releases for the iPhone and iPod touch. Most notably, Apple announced a new version of iMovie for iPhone 4. Described by Apple as a “feature-rich video editing app,” iMovie will offer a Multi-Touch interface for selecting and editing video, with the ability to add photos customized with a Ken Burns panning effect, and soundtrack audio chosen from a built-in, custom-scored music library or from the device’s own iPod library. The app can detect audio such as conversations or narration and automatically reduce the soundtrack volume, and can export in one of three sizes—medium (640x360), large (960x540), or HD (1280x720)—with sharing options including email, MMS, MobileMe, and YouTube. Edited movies can be further enhanced by applying one of five built-in themes, with custom titles, transitions, and maps based on the geotag information of the video clips being used. iMovie will soon be available from the App Store and will sell for $5.

imageActivision got on stage to announce the release of Guitar Hero for the iPhone and iPod touch. Based on the popular music videogame for traditional consoles, Guitar Hero offers new gameplay mechanics including slide, strum, and whammy gestures, built-in social network feeds, the ability for users to personalize their in-game personas and share them with friends. Six songs, including selections from The Rolling Stones, Queen, Vampire Weekend, and The White Stripes are included, with other tracks available via in-app purchase. Guitar Hero for the iPhone and iPod touch is available now and sells for $3.

imageAnnounced for a release this summer was Netflix for the iPhone and iPod touch. Similar to the company’s well-received app for the iPad, Netflix for the iPhone and iPod touch will allow users to instantly stream movies and TV shows to their devices, with features including the ability to resume content in progress that was started on another device, queue access, and optimization for playback over 3G or Wi-Fi. Finally, Zygna announced that it will be bringing its Farmville virtual farming game to the iPhone and iPod touch, with touch screen-based controls, the ability to visit Facebook friends’ farms, and an in-app store. It will be released by the end of this month.

Apple’s iPhone 4 accessories: Bumper cases, Dock

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Alongside the iPhone 4, Apple today announced a pair of accessories for its latest handset. Bumpers are case-like rubber and molded plastic accessories that appear to wrap around the edge of the iPhone, with metal covers for the volume and power buttons. Available in six two-tone color combinations—white, black, blue, green, orange, or pink—they will sell for $29. In addition, Apple will offer a redesigned iPhone Dock for the iPhone 4, roughly matching the width of the device and leaving the sides of the iPhone exposed; it too will sell for $29. Apple will launch the iPhone on June 24; it is unclear whether the new accessories will be released at the same time, or at a later date.

First hands-on photos of iPhone 4 posted

iLounge has begun posting our first hands-on photos of the iPhone 4, taken directly after the end of Apple’s WWDC keynote address. The photos show both the black and white models of the iPhone 4, comparison shots of the two models with the iPhone 3GS, and shots showing off the device’s new high-resolution Retina display. Keep an eye on our Flickr photostream, as more shots are on their way.

iLounge’s full WWDC 2010 play-by-play transcript posted

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What follows is a reverse chronological transcript of our WWDC 2010 Keynote coverage, discussing the launch of iPhone 4 and iOS 4 (formerly iPhone OS 4) in June, 2010. The event was presented by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at 10 AM Pacific Time in San Francisco, California at the Moscone Center.

Click on the title of this article for the full transcript.

Apple unveils iPhone 4 with front-facing camera, LED flash, more

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As expected, Apple CEO Steve Jobs today unveiled the iPhone 4, with over 100 new features. Similar to the leaked prototype, the 9.3mm thick device—24% thinner than the iPhone 3GS—has aluminosilicate glass, chemically strengthened to be 30 times harder than plastic, on both the front and back with steel around the sides that also serves as part of the antenna system. As expected, its 3.5-inch display—which Apple is dubbing a “Retina display” due to its 326 pixel-per-inch pitch that’s above the limit of the human retina to differentiate the pixels—offers four times the resolution (960 x 640) of the current iPhone display, IPS technology, 78% of the pixels on the iPad, and an 800:1 contrast ratio, also four times that of the iPhone 3GS.

“iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “FaceTime video calling sets a new standard for mobile communication, and our new Retina display is the highest resolution display ever in a phone, with text looking like it does on a fine printed page. We have been dreaming about both of these breakthroughs for decades.”

Continue reading for more on iPhone 4.

iPhone OS 4 renamed iOS 4, coming June 21

Apple today renamed its mobile device operating system, replacing the former iPhone OS moniker with “iOS.” Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the change during his WWDC keynote address, and used the opportunity to highlight some of iOS 4’s previously revealed features, including multitasking, folders, the unified Mail inbox, rotation lock, and enterprise features like Exchange Server 2010 support, wireless app distribution, mobile device management, data protection, and SSL VPN support. In an update on the new iAd advertising service, Jobs mentioned a number of large brands that have signed on to the service, including Nissan, Citibank, GE, Sears, Target, Best Buy, and others; the service will go live on July 1 for all iOS 4 devices, with $60 million committed for the second half of 2010.

New to the OS will be an option to use Bing search instead of Google or Yahoo!; Jobs also revealed that the 100 millionth iOS device will be sold this month. Developers can download the gold master of iOS 4 beginning today by visiting the iPhone Dev Center; iOS 4 will launch on June 21 as a free upgrade for all applicable products, including the second- and third-generation iPod touch, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS.

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