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Photo of the Week: iPhone in Hawaii

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an iPhone atop Haleakala on the island of Maui in Hawaii. 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!

iPhone 3G rate plan poll ends, Apple debut poll begins

Our most recent iLounge Poll, “Have recent iPhone 3G rate plan disclosures changed your mind about buying one?,” has ended. With over 2,500 votes, the poll indicated a strong late shift in purchasing intent based upon pricing announcements made after Apple claimed that the new iPhone offered “twice the speed” at “half the price” of its predecessor. A full 41% of responding readers indicated that the costs of local rates had scuttled their plans to buy the iPhone 3G, while only 2% said that their local rate plans made the device more attractive. By comparison, 37% said that they were not surprised by the rates and were still planning to buy one, while 20% indicated that they had not planned to buy one, and the rates didn’t change their minds. Thanks for your responses!

We have just opened our new poll, “How do you think Apple has handled the iPhone 3G’s debut?” A variety of choices, ranging from great to bad to “don’t care” are available, allowing you to also express whether Apple met, surpassed, or fell below your expectations. The new iLounge Poll can be found on our main iLounge.com homepage in the left-hand column. Cast your vote today!

 

iPhone App Contest still going, enter today!

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iLounge is still accepting entries for our Quest for the Best iPhone App Contest, so if you haven’t yet entered, now’s your chance. In the contest, iLounge and Bowers & Wilkins are giving away three of B&W’s Zeppelin speaker systems to our three favorite native iPhone applications. To enter the contest, simply submit your application to our Application Gallery, which will highlight new iPhone software with individual listings and information for each application. One winner will be picked from each of three categories: Games, Business/Professional, and Just Plain Cool, with each winner receiving their own Zeppelin system plus a $100 Apple Store Gift Card. The contest runs through July 23, and only official, App Store-ready applications will be considered, with the winners being announced on July 25. Below we’ve highlighted some of the great submissions we’ve already received.

Happy 4th of July, U.S. Readers!

Happy Fourth of July, U.S. readers! As iLounge’s U.S.-based editors are celebrating today’s Independence Day holiday, iLounge is publishing today on a limited schedule. We will return after the holiday with plenty more iPod, iPhone, Apple TV and iTunes news, reviews, and tutorials.

In addition to new stories today from iLounge editors outside the United States, we urge you to check out the Quest for the Best iPhone App Contest and Mophie Juice Pack Giveaway pages. Each contest offers you a chance to win cool prizes: iPhone developers can win $599 Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin speaker systems, and anyone can win one of 10 $99 Mophie Juice Pack batteries for iPhone or iPod touch. Submit your entries today!

Photo of the Week: iPhone in Peru

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an iPhone at the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru. 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!

iPhone 3G rate plan poll starts, iPod shuffle poll ends

With over 2,900 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll—“What should Apple do with the iPod shuffle?”—has ended. Readers were given the choice between keeping the shuffle, killing it, or changing it in one of several ways.

While 16% of responding readers said that the iPod shuffle was “perfect as-is,” more than twice as many (34%) voted that it should be discontinued in favor of less expensive iPod nanos. Yet a full 50% of voters said that the shuffle should be updated into a third-generation version, varying in what they wanted to see a new shuffle do. Many readers (19%) wanted to see Apple merge the simple iPod shuffle features into a different shell, such as a watch, earphones, or another device. Another 15% wanted to see Apple make the iPod shuffle wireless, while 11% wanted more storage capacity. Only 5% of readers wanted to see Apple shrink it further. Thanks for your responses!

Our new poll is a follow-up to one we launched last month. Right after Apple announced the iPhone 3G, we asked whether you would buy it. Now that voice, data, and SMS prices have been announced in countries all around the world, we want to know whether those prices have changed your mind about making a purchase. The new poll, “Have recent iPhone 3G rate plan disclosures changed your mind about buying one?” lets you answer that question. As always, the iLounge Poll is on the left hand column of the main iLounge.com home page. Cast your vote today!

Last chance to enter our Quad Speaker Giveaway

Today is the last day we’ll be accepting entries for our Quad Speaker Giveaway, so if you haven’t yet entered, now’s your chance. In the giveaway, Altec Lansing and iLounge are giving away four sets of Altec Lansing speakers (two Altec Lansing T612 Powered Audio Systems and two inMotion iM600 Portable Audio Systems) to four lucky readers. To enter, just fill out the simple form on the entry page. The contest runs until midnight Pacific Time tonight; for official rules and more information, see the official giveaway page. Good luck!

iPodweek on its way; Vote on iLounge Poll

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The latest edition of iPodweek, our weekly newsletter covering all things iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and Apple TV, is coming later today. iPodweek is a weekly summary of the best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and iPod accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form below to submit your email address, if you haven’t done so already.

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And don’t forget to vote in the latest iLounge Poll, “What should Apple do with the iPod shuffle?” It can be found under iLounge Poll on the left column of the iLounge.com home page.

Photo of the Week: iPod touch in Canada

This week’s featured photo is from our iPods Around the World gallery, and shows an iPod touch near an iceberg just south of St John’s, Canada. 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!

iLounge announces Quest for the Best iPhone App Contest

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iLounge and Bowers & Wilkins are teaming up to bring you the Quest for the Best iPhone App Contest, in which we’ll be giving away three of B&W’s Zeppelin speaker systems to our three favorite native iPhone applications. To enter the contest, simply submit your application to our Application Gallery, which will highlight new iPhone software with individual listings and information for each application. One winner will be picked from each of three categories: Games, Business/Professional, and Just Plain Cool, with each winner receiving their own Zeppelin system plus a $100 Apple Store Gift Card. The contest runs from today through July 23, and only official, App Store-ready applications will be considered, with the winners being announced on July 25. So get coding, and good luck!

iPod touch poll ends, iPod shuffle poll begins

With over 3,400 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll—“What should Apple do with the iPod touch?”—has ended with some interesting results. Readers were given the option to change iPod touch’s storage space, screen, or pricing, as well as keeping it the same.

Storage capacity was the most requested reader upgrade. Over 60% of readers felt that some sort of storage upgrade would be a good idea: 32% preferred a little more storage in the form of flash memory, while 31% preferred a lot more storage in the form of a hard disk. A total of 24% of responding readers wanted to see Apple improve the screen, while 32% would be satisfied with the same device at a lower price point. Only 3% responded that nothing should change in the iPod touch. Thanks for your responses!

Our new poll, “What should Apple do with the iPod shuffle?,” has just been opened. As always, it’s on the left hand column of the main iLounge.com home page, and provides a handful of possible changes Apple could make to the device. Cast your vote today!

First iPhone 3G cases debut in First Looks

Weeks before the multi-country launch of the iPhone 3G, iLounge has started to receive the first actual iPhone 3G cases from key developers, all newly previewed in our First Looks section. Cases currently appearing in the section include Belkin’s Silicone Sleeve for iPhone 3G, and Marware’s Sportsuit Convertible, C.E.O. Premiere, and C.E.O. Sleeve for iPhone 3G. Of course, we will be adding many more in the days to come. To find out more about these cases, follow the links above, and keep an eye on our First Looks section for more iPhone 3G accessory previews in the coming weeks.

Photo of the Week: iPhone in Guam

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an iPhone resting at Two Lovers Point in Tumon Bay, Guam. 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!

iPhone 3G poll ends with over 6000 responses, iPod touch poll begins

With over 6,000 responses, our most recent iLounge Poll—“Will you buy the iPhone 3G?”—has just ended. The results were surprisingly strong in favor of the “yes” vote, which was picked by over 64% of responding iLounge readers. Here’s how the numbers broke down:

Of the 64% of readers voting yes, roughly two thirds were people who did not currently own iPhones, while the remaining one third planned to upgrade from current iPhones to the new model. Of the 36% of readers voting no, a little under half were current iPhone owners, while a little over half did not currently own an iPhone.

Thank you for your votes! Our new poll, “What should Apple do with the iPod touch?” gives you a chance to vote for how Apple should improve the only touchscreen-based iPod model. What direction do you think Apple should take with a 2008 update? Vote now: the iLounge Poll is on the left-most column of the iLounge.com homepage.

iPodweek arrives later today, Take the iPhone 3G survey

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The latest edition of iPodweek, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, is coming later today. iPodweek is a weekly summary of the best iPod news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and iPod accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form below to submit your email address, if you haven’t done so already.

Your Email Address:   

IMPORTANT: Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Earthlink and others, make sure we don’t end up in your spam box. Please accept emails from iLounge.com. Thank you.

Plus: We’d like to know whether you plan on picking up an iPhone 3G. Are you going to be upgrading your current iPhone, replacing a separate device, sticking with your first-gen iPhone, or avoiding the iPhone altogether? Please use the iLounge Poll to register your vote: the poll is in the left-hand column of the iLounge.com main page. Once you’re finished submitting your answer, you can move the poll downwards on the page just by clicking on it and dragging it away.

Photo of the Week: iPhone in Norway

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an iPhone near the sea in Brønnøysund, Norway. 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!

iLounge WWDC links you’ll want for today

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In addition to the live, play-by-play text updates we will offer from Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote at the 2008 Worldwide Developer Conference today, available starting at 10AM Pacific Time, from the main iLounge.com web page, please take note of two additional links that we’ll be updating as the day goes on.

iLounge’s Flickr account. Publicized for the last several Apple events, we post photos to this account first so that you can see them rapidly without overloading the main iLounge site.

iLounge’s YouTube account. Videos from Apple’s events are posted here.

iLounge Chat. Come in and discuss today’s event.

Based on past Apple events, we expect that our live text updates from the event will be among the fastest out there, providing you with instant details about the latest and greatest iPhone, iPod, iTunes, and related announcements. Bookmark our Flickr and YouTube pages for multimedia content, but be sure to keep the iLounge.com main page loaded for news!

The Free iPod + iPhone Book 4 hits Times Square

Following last weekend’s release of our The Free iPod + iPhone Book 4, iLounge’s editors received this terrific image from Times Square, showing the announcement of the Book. Weighing at 268 pages, the Book includes over 20 world exclusive Sneak Peeks, complete tutorials to all things iPod, iPhone, iTunes, and Apple TV, beautiful reader-submitted art and photos, and big announcements from iLounge’s publisher and editors. If you haven’t yet downloaded the Book, you can do so via one of the handy download links below. It’s available in a wide format, a single page version, and in a two-part format for the iPhone and iPod touch.

 

 

 

For iPhone and iPod touch: PART 1 of 2 | PART 2 of 2

 

Enter our Quad Speaker Giveaway today

We are still accepting entries for our Quad Speaker Giveaway, so if you haven’t yet entered, now’s your chance. In the giveaway, Altec Lansing and iLounge are giving away four sets of Altec Lansing speakers (two Altec Lansing T612 Powered Audio Systems and two inMotion iM600 Portable Audio Systems) to four lucky readers. To enter, just fill out the simple form on the entry page. The contest runs through June 30; for official rules and more information, see the official giveaway page. Good luck!

WWDC starts Monday with live coverage on iLounge

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Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference begins Monday in San Francisco, and iLounge will be on-site to provide coverage. We will be providing live coverage of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote address, which is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. An announcement regarding the next-generation iPhone, while not guaranteed, is certainly expected during the speech. As we have done in the past, iLounge.com will take you to our streamlined special event page starting an hour or so before the event.

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