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Apple airs first iPhone 4 commercial - FaceTime

Apple began airing their first iPhone 4 commercial last night, an extract of the FaceTime feature video they debuted at WWDC 2010. The original iPhone 2G focused on features, the internet in your pocket, music on your phone. After the launch of the App Store, iPhone 3G focused on disparate apps for (this and) that for a while, until later on in the iPhone 3GS cycle they shifted slightly into apps for specific use cases. iPhone 4 brings it back around to the beginning but with less blatant techno-wow and more sentimentality. It isn't about the cool feature, its about real people -- a new father, a graduate and her grandparents, a couple using sign-language -- making a real, visible, emotional connections.

Apple's already sold 1.7 million iPhone 4s. Ads like this might move a few more.

Video after the break.

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iPhone 4 colored bumpers

No sooner does one of our readers get his dock, than another let's us know his lime-green bumper has arrived. Apple Retail Stores only had black bumpers available for sale at launch, if any, so its great to see at least one colored one show up in the wild.

Did you get your colored bumper yet? How's it look?

[Thanks Keil!]

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iPhone 4 dock

One of our readers let us know his Apple iPhone 4 dock arrived and sent along some pictures to show the still dock-less among us just what it looks like.

Check them out after the jump, and if you nabbed one as well, let us know how it's working for you.

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Apple sells 1.7 million iPhone 4

Apple has announced that from launch through Saturday, June 26 they've sold 1.7 million iPhone 4s.

“This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.”

1.7 million with ordering problems, not enough stock to meet demand for many who showed up without a reservation, almost no advertising yet from Apple, and a launch restricted to just a handful of countries.

Crazy.

[Apple PR]

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Amazon announces Kindle Editions with Audio/Video... for iPhone and iPad

Amazon has announced Kindle Editions with Audio/Video and it looks like the only way you can get it right now is on iPhone and iPad. Kindle Editions with Audio/Video:

allows readers to enjoy the benefits of embedded video and audio clips in Kindle books. The first books to take advantage of this new technology, including Rick Steves' London by Rick Steves and Together We Cannot Fail by Terry Golway, are available in the Kindle Store

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 27 June 2010

Featured: Read TiPb's iPhone 4 Review!

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Steve Jobs: There is no iPhone 4 reception issue

A new email, allegedly from Steve Jobs about the iPhone 4 antenna band problems -- where touching the stainless steel on the lower left side causes the signal to drop or go away completely -- seems to a offer a response either curtly dismissive or perhaps... encouraging?

rfbandit/Mark wrote:

I love everything about the phone except my signal issues

Steve Jobs supposedly replied:

There are no reception issues. Stay Tuned.

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Does iPhone 4 support the iPad camera kit?

Does iPhone 4 support the iPad camera kit? Turns out no, at least not under iOS 4. I plugged mine in and immediately got the error you see above. Since I've gotten compatibility errors using other accessories in the past that turned out to work just find if I ignored said errors, I plugged in a camera to see if anything magical would happen.

It didn't.

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iTunes 9.2 beta expiring June 30

Just a quick reminder to developers that the iTunes 9.2 beta released back at WWDC 2010 expires on June 30 (just over 4 days from now, Cupertino time).

So, if you haven't gotten around to updating with the general availability version released week before last -- it's expiring on June 30.

So go update.

[Thanks for the tip, anon!]

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