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iPhone OS 4: File transfer via iTunes sync

Again it looks like the iPhone is finally getting in iPhone OS 4 what the iPad got in 3.2 with the file/document transfer feature now exposed in iTunes sync.

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Ellen makes spoof iPhone commercial. Apple doesn't think it's funny.

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres played a spoof iPhone ad during her Monday talk show. In it, she is glorifying the iPhone, yet having difficulties with texting.

Apple didn't see the humor in her commercial and complained that she implied that the iPhone is difficult to use. Ellen responded during her Tuesday show by apologizing and explaining that the iPhone is in fact not hard to use, it's the only phone she can text on, and that she loves her iPhone, iPad, iPod, and even iHop!

Watch the ad and her apology below and let us know what you think. Is Apple being a little too sensitive?

UPDATE: Ellen's official YouTube video says "no longer available" (all her YouTube videos now say that(?!)) so we've switched to whatever non iPhone-friendly version they use on the official website. Sorry!

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Google prepares for eBook sales, yet more competition with Apple

According to The Wall Street Journal Google is planning on introducing their very own eBook store as early as this next month, and gearing up once again to go head-to-head with Apple. This news comes just after Apple announced that in just 28 days, iPad users have downloaded over 1.5 million eBooks via iBooks.

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iPhone OS 4: orientation lock, iPod controls in fast app switcher

Today's iPhone OS 4 beta 3 update has brought with it some interesting new features, including a soft-version of the iPad's orientation lock and iPod controls added into the fast app switcher (multitasking) UI.

When you double click the home button to bring up the fast app switcher, you can now scroll all the way to the left to get the new orientation lock and iPod controls. The default on the orientation is off but a tap will turn on, or turn off, the lock. (Home screen doesn't sound like it rotates, however).

iPod controls include back, play/pause, and forward, with the name of the current track written beneath.

The background for the app switcher (and for folders) has also changed from the rubbery, pock-mocked, dark gray of beta 1 and 2 to a new cross-hatched medium gray.

Video after the break! For more check out our complete iPhone OS 4 beta preview and feature walkthrough.

[Thanks anon!]

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UPDATED: Beta back! iPhone OS 4 beta 3 now available for developers

Continuing their two-week cycle, Apple has just released iPhone OS 4 beta 3 for developers. You can download it now via developer.apple.com.

What bug fixes and new features lurk within? We'll have to wait and see (and keep an eye on the comments below...)

UPDATE 1: Apple has (temporarily?) removed the beta download from their developer site. It's not clear if there's an issue or not yet, but we're keeping our eyes open and will update again when (we're assuming not if) it returns.

UPDATE 2: The beta is back up. Go get it. Again.

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AT&T international data plans for iPad 3G come at hefty prices

Yesterday AT&T released four international data plans for the iPad 3G with prices that do not come cheap. Pricing starts at $25 per month for 20 megabytes and going as high as $200 for 200 megabytes. Unlike the normal data plans, these international plans do not auto-renew on a month to month basis.

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Another developer returns to iPhone post-iPad

Frasier Speirs, one of several well-publicized developers to leave the iPhone over objections to Apple's App Store policies and controversy surrounding app rejections, has decided to return, post iPad, and his reasons are intriguing:

I suspect that the days of everyone buying a MacBook to get online are soon to be over. I've already written about how I see our three-Mac family turning into a one-Mac, three-iPad family over the next hardware cycle and I imagine that scenario repeated industry-wide over time. Already the ratio of iPhone OS devices to Macs is 5:2.

He believes Apple can and will reject apps, and that the frontier days of computing are giving way to the mainstream, appliance future.

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Apple gets patents for iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS design, applies for iPhone/iPad icon trademarks

Big week for Apple patent pr0n, as in addition to getting a patent for the original 2007 iPhone 2G design, Steve Jobs, Jonathan Ive, et al are not being granted a patent for the 2008/2009 iPhone 3G/iPhone 3GS design as well. And not content with hardware alone, Apple has filed for patents on almost all their Home Screen and App Store icons (we couldn't find Calendar, which means its either too generic or we just couldn't find it).

So fair warning to all the iClone manufacturers without prior art or $40 billion in the bank -- start visual differentiation plans now.

As to the icons, at almost 1000x1000 pixels and with detail to match, it shows just how obsessive Apple is when it comes to their products and while other OS and devices may use the same app-launcher paradigms, they don't seem to be slaving over every last detail -- in art, consistency, multitouch panel quality, and touch detection software quality -- Apple is putting in. Just amazing. (Except for those diagonal stripes).

Gallery after the break!

[Patently Apple, GoRumors via Engadget]

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First Lady of the United States tweets first on iPhone

During the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama sent out her first tweet, via CNN's Ed Henry. After light-hearted negotiations and getting clearance from the top -- the very tip top -- Henry typed the tweet out on his iPhone on Mrs. Obama's behalf:

"from flotus: 'here at dinner this is officially my first Tweet. i am looking forward to some good laughs from the potus and jay'".

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