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Dev-Team: Palm Pre May Track User Location, but 3rd Party iPhone Apps Do Too!

The iPhone Dev-Team take a break from the Jailbreak to throw some light on the issue of 3rd party iPhone apps tracking users' location. Joey Hess and our friends over at PreCentral.net kicked up a bit of a ruckus last week detailing how the Palm Pre reports users' location data back to Palm HQ. Well, says the Dev-Team:

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No 5 Million iPhone Deal for China Unicom?

That rumored deal whereby China Unicom was purchasing 5 million Wi-Fi-less iPhones for a huge introduction to the world's biggest cellular market? Turns out not so much with the 5 million according to a China Unicom spokesperson.

"Talks between us and Apple have been going on for some time, but no agreement has been reached yet," said Unicom spokesman Yi Difei. "There are all kinds of possibilities. There is no particular timetable for the talks."

We get it, big deal, big complications. Still, the iPhone has to hit China sometime, right? (Other than, you know, massive amounts of gray market imports...)

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 16 August 2009

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UPDATED: TomTom Turn-by-Turn Navigation for iPhone Beginning to Appear in International App Stores

UPDATED: Here're the US deets: TomTom US & Canada [$99.99 - iTunes link], TomTom Australia [$79.99 - iTunes link], TomTom New Zealand [$94.99 - iTunes link]

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Facebook 3.0 (Sans Push) for iPhone Submitted to iTunes App Store

Facebook engineer and -- more importantly to us -- Facebook iPhone (and iPod touch) app developer Joe Hewitt announced on Twitter that he:

Just uploaded Facebook for iPhone 3.0 to the App Store for review. [...] I'll be posting more details and screen shots to the app's page on Facebook this week

Here's the Facebook page if you want to follow along, and we're guessing a lot of you do based on how many tweeted and sent this our way! (Thanks everyone!)

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Yet Another "Leaked" Apple iTablet "Image"

Yet another "leaked" Apple iTablet "image".

There's no way Steve Jobs lets the home button cut across the bezel like that, right?

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UPDATED with Video: iPod touch Leaks Begin! Is This the Third Generation's New Camera?

UPDATE: Video has been posted, check it out after the jump!

ORIGINAL: New images have surfaced purported to be Apple's third generation iPod touch, showing a top, center mounted camera for the presumed-to-be-announced in September product revision.

To catch up, we've heard the new iPod touch would have a camera and mic, and potentially come in at 16GB/32GB/64GB for $199/$299/$399. Now, as to the picture above...

Real? Fake? Really fake? There are certain constants in this Apple 'verse, including spec and image leaks prior to, and in anticipation of, any new Apple event. So either way, we're right on schedule for the rumored September 8th iPod, iTunes, and Music show!

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iPhone 3GS: 99% Pure Customer Satisfaction!

With 82% of iPhone 3GS users claiming they're "very satisfied" and 17% claiming they're "somewhat" satisfied, we don't need Leanna to do the math -- that's 99% pure satisfaction according to RBC/IQ and Changewave (via Macrumors).

Apple sold 5.2 million iPhones last quarter, many of which were likely iPhone 3GS -- that's a spectacular satisfaction rating for a spectacularly successful launch.

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Apple iTablet Gone Wild: Nerdfights, Molotovs, and iPads, and Assorted Other Craziness

Now that we've got the iPhone, the only thing currently left to fantasize (fetishize?) about seems to be the iTablet, with rumors increasing at an exponential rate -- and maybe bringing more than a little crazy on with them.

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iPhone 3GS Camera Pre-Caches Images Before You Take Them?

Does the iPhone 3GS camera constantly buffer live video data, in effect pre-caching the images you want before you take them? Birdhouse developer Adam Lisagore thinks so, and says so via his Lonely Sandwich blog:

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