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iPhone HD/iPhone 4G video iChat to be featured in commercial directed by Sam Mendes

Looks like Sam Mendes, director of American Beauty has been tapped to create some new iPhone HD/iPhone 4G commercials for Apple. Further, Engadget tipsters brings word that the device, known internally as the Mammoth N90, will have a mother and daughter highlighting its iChat video feature in at least one of the commercials.

While it's not unprecedented for cameras to disappear from final Apple release products (see iPod touch G3 and possibly iPad), the front-facing iChat video camera is looking like a surer bet every day.

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Apple stops shipping iPhone 3G to AT&T stores and Walmart drops price of iPhone 3GS

With just two weeks to go before WWDC, Boy Genius Report is reporting that Apple has ceased shipments of the iPhone 3G to AT&T stores. Now throw in the fact that new orders for the device are not being accepted and it's a pretty good sign the iPhone 3G's days are numbered.

"Could this mean we might see the iPhone 3GS drop to $99 and make way for a new model? Or maybe the 3GS would disappear altogether? We're not sure, but we're about to find out."

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iPad live podcast #5 - The Google Strikes Back

NOTE: iPad Live! now has its own RSS and iTunes feeds! Subscribe now via the links above.

iPad can now be bought with cash, is the iPad getting a camera flash, on-device iPad App Store and iBookstore go across the border, and Google goes way, way out of order. With Rene, Leanna, and Georgia. Listen in!

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Windows Dev: iPad beginning of the end for Windows dominance?

Brad Wardell is CEO of Stardock and a well known Windows developer who has just spent 3 weeks with the iPad and been impressed with its instant-on capabilities for email, rss, web browsing, video watching, social networking, and otherwise consuming content to the extent he thinks it may spell the beginning of the end for desktop Windows dominance.

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Steve Jobs: "Not a chance" Android will surpass iPhone

Steve Jobs is once again putting finger to touchscreen to jot down tersely worded replies, this time on whether or not Google's Android will leap frog the iPhone and whether or not the WWDC 2010 keynote will bring the rain.

First question:

Are google taking the [p1$$]? I hope you have some good WWDC announcements to blow them out the water?

Jobs' answer:

You won't be disappointed.

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Apple announces Steve Jobs to keynote WWDC 2010

Apple today announced that Steve Jobs would be kicking off their World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC 2010) with a keynote address Monday, June 7, at 9am PT where he's widely expected to announce the iPhone HD/iPhone 4G.

They also remind us that WWDC 2010 sold out in a record 8 days, and with its decidedly iPhone OS focus this year and competitive pressures this year, we should be in for one heck of a show.

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And cue the iPhone HD/iPhone 4G on Sprint rumors

With the iPhone HD/iPhone 4G just around the corner and all the talk about AT&T finally losing exclusivity, it only stands to reason rumors of Sprint getting the device would also start to grow louder.

Just like with Verizon and even T-Mobile's funky GSM bands, we're sure Apple could technologically do it, but whether or not they could come to financial terms -- and more important when is less predictable. Sprint isn't doing as well as Verizon or AT&T, however, so they might be far more open to the type of control Apple would insist upon to get the deal done.

If it does happen, count us among those who think a WWDC 2010 announcement is less likely, with AT&T getting a short period of exclusivity with Apple's 4th generation iPhone, and other US carriers coming online in the fall, red, yellow, and perhaps even magenta all.

And if not, hey, Sprint's still got that commercial -- re-embedded below the break -- to tide them over.

[MacRumors]

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 23 May 2010

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White iPhone HD/iPhone 4G spotted fully assembled

Look what is making it's debut appearance courtesy of Chinese site Apple.pro - a fully assembled white iPhone HD/iPhone 4G. So if the white faceplate was not enough to convince you, the image above should sway you.

With WWDC 2010 only being just a few short weeks away, we can not wait for this device to be officially announced by Steve! Pick your poison, what color will you be choosing - white or black?

One more image after the break!

[Engadget via Apple.pro]

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So with Froyo, Android Nexus One can tether on AT&T and iPhone still can't?

Android 2.2 Froyo updates started going live yesterday for the unsubsidized, unlocked, once-upon-a-time sold directly by Google Nexus One, and it seems to include not only tethering but mobile hotspot (think MiFi, or mobile Wi-Fi router to share your 3G with multiple other devices), usable right now on AT&T -- just about the only carrier in the world that doesn't allow iPhone tethering.

Sure, AT&T is likely running tens of millions of iPhones and only a relative handful of Nexus Ones, but that's not the point. Apple introduced seamless, elegant tethering in iPhone OS 3.0 in June 2009, and while it looks like US iPhone users may finally get it in iPhone OS 4 in June 2010, that's a year after the rest of the world and now -- it's even after Android.

The iPhone is popular, we get it. AT&T's network probably couldn't handle that many people trying to use their "unlimited" plans on tethered devices, we have no doubt. The situations are completely different, we grant the point.

But it's so beyond ridiculous now that it can't -- and shouldn't -- escape mention.

(We'll also note for the record we don't know how long this will last, as AT&T may figure out a way to block it on unlocked devices and carrier-branded devices may remove it entirely or just bolt on a surcharge).

Video after the break.

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