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Apple airs joint AT&T and Verizon iPhone commercial -Waltz

Apple has begun airing a new AT&T and Verizon double-punch iPhone commercial called Waltz which touts "Two is Better than one". It shows off all the features and apps we've grown to know and love throughout Apple's previously AT&T-only US iPhone commercials, side by side, zooming in on one or the other to highlight the identical user experiences. Just as revealing is that the differences are not mentioned. No hint at reception, data speed, simultaneous voice and data, international roaming, etc.

Obviously both AT&T and Verizon will be competing for iPhone customers come February 10 but just as obviously Apple wins either way.

UPDATE: Official Apple video after the break!

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More hints Apple is going with Qualcomm GSM/CDMA chipset for iPad 2, iPhone 5?

Italian hacker Zibri went digging through iTunes and turned up some more hints that Apple just might be going with Qualcomm's hybrid GSM/CDMA hybrid chipset for iPhone 5.

In the picture above you see a "chunk" of code from the latest iTunes. Maybe, for the most of you, names like "partition.mbn" or "AMSS.MBN" means little or nothing. For me and a few others that means only one thing: QUALCOMM. Those files are the building blocks of any Qualcomm baseband.

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Apple's iTunes App Store reaches 10 billion downloads

Apple's iTunes App Store has hit 10 billion downloads. Launched alongside iPhone 3G in 2008 it's grown to over 300,000 apps, with an install base of roughly 159 million iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices sold to date.

Oh, and someone is going to win a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card from Apple to celebrate. Expect that announcement soon.

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Untethered iOS 4.2.1 Jailbreak for iPhone, iPad shown off on video

pod2g of the Chronic Dev Team just teased an untethered iOS 4.2.1 Jailbreak for iPhone (and we presume iPod touch and iPad) on Twitter: < I really don't know what's funny about this. You do ?

The video shows an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.2.1 in all its untethered glory. Apparently this might be coming soon in greenpois0n update though whether or not they'll use it now or save it for when Apple releases iOS 4.3 is unknown. (If they use it now, Apple could patch it in iOS 4.3 and they'll have to come up with yet another Jailbreak).

What do you say, you want iOS 4.2.1 untethered now, now, now or would you prefer them to play it safe so you can quickly untether iOS 4.3 in February or March? Video after the break!


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iPad cash register spotted at Grand Central Terminal

More and more iOS devices are being used as point-of-sale merchant systems, with the latest sighting coming out of New York's Grand Central Terminal where it's being used as a full-fledged cash register for a quick moving coffee stop.

Small, sleek and fast: this video shows what a great cash register an iPad can make for a high-traffic small business. Here it is getting the java going for the crowds at Joe in Grand Central Terminal in New York.

ShopKeep is the company behind the software that transforms the iPad into a cash register, allowing for things like printing receipts and also offers a full backend system through ShopKeep's BackOffice software. BackOffice lets managers track sales, run data reports and manage inventory.

It's pretty neat to see the iPad used as a cash register and we hope to see more of this in the future. It seems like it makes the transaction process more simple and streamlined.

Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think in the comments!


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iOS 4.3 features: New wait button when adding contact phone numbers

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A minor but likely very welcome change in iOS 4.3 beta sees the addition of a wait button to the add contact phone number's extended keyboard and the rejiggering of some of the other buttons. Wait will add a semicolon to the number as opposed to pause which adds a comma. Overall, the pause button has moved to where the ghosted 4 button used to be, the plus button has moved to where pause was, star has moved to where plus was and a new wait button has been added to where the ghosted 6 button used to be. Phew.

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XBMC for Apple TV , iPad and iPhone 4 available now [jailbreak]

XBMC is now available as a jailbreak app for the Apple TV (2010), iPad and iPhone 4. XBMC, for those that do not know, is a free open source media center application, that until today was only available for Linux, OSX, Windows and the original Xbox.

The Apple TV version is a full XBMC install and allows full network sharing of media, hardware decoding of 720p and 1080p movies plus everything else that XBMC has to offer. The iPad version also offers full hardware accelerated video playback and network access to media. The iPhone 4 has been included in the release however the devs do point out that navigation is a bit frustrating.

The app is jailbreak only and you will not find it in the App Store anytime soon. It is free to install, so what are you waiting for? Check out the videos after the break, one running on the Apple TV2 and the other on the iPad then let us know if you’re going to be jailbreaking and installing XBMC!


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iOS 4.3 beta contains references to Media Stream, Photo Streaming

Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac applied his ninjary skills to the latest iOS 4.3 beta and came away Media Stream and Photo Streaming, which could just be Apple's next big iOS 5 step in social sharing.

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New "Universal Bumpers" now fit Verizon iPhone, available at Apple Stores?

Alerio shared his video with us, showing what looks like a new "Universal Bumper" designed to fit both the existing GSM/AT&T iPhone and the new CDMA/Verizon iPhone with its slightly redesigned antenna and downward-shifted volume controls.

Just wanted to share a video of the new Universal Bumper for the Verizon and AT&T iPhone 4. Picked one up today at my local Apple store!

He says the differences aren't many but they were enough that Apple's old bumpers wouldn't fit. The TiPb iPhone Accessory Store is keeping their own list of compatible Verizon iPhone cases (yeah, cheap plug!) but its good to see Verizon iPhone buyers will have some additional choices available come February 10.

Video after the break!

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New Verizon iPhone TV Ad

So, with the Verizon iPhone just around the corner, Verizon have already begun televising their new iPhone Ads.

The ad doesn't mention Verizon's network coverage or reliability, or make any attempt to draw customers away from AT&T. It doesn't mention new features like personal hotspot. Instead the advertisement is mainly focused on the fact that "The Wait Is Over".

It also seems to be a Verizon-made ad -- like the Verizon iPad + Mi-Fi ad -- while all previous ads (for AT&T) have been Apple ads.

Video after the break. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

[Thanks Ross!]

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