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iPhone OS 4.0 detailed: multitasking & new UI but iPhone 3G/3GS only?

iPhone OS 4.0 detailed: multitasking & new UI but iPhone 3G/3GS only?

Apple's press event next Wednesday - which SlashGear will be liveblogging - isn't just expected to see their tablet debut, but the latest version of iPhone OS too, v4.0.  Last we heard, Apple had been sitting on a significant update for the iPhone and iPod touch because there were too many tablet-tipping tidbits in there; now, BGR have supposedly heard about some of the more appealing feature-adds, including the introduction of "a few new ways" to run apps in the background.

Also tipped are various UI and graphical changes, that have apparently been made to improve and streamline navigation, together with OS-wide support for multitouch gestures.  Meanwhile there's some vague talk of new synchronization options for the calendar and contacts, though no exact details of what that might be.

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iPhone OS 4.0 imminent tips App developer

iPhone OS 4.0 imminent tips App developer

The iPhone has gone without a significant OS update for some months now, and according to rumors earlier this week that's all the fault of the Apple iSlate tablet.  A "close Apple" insider suggested that the Cupertino company had been forced to hold off on releasing updated software for their smartphone as it would contain too many references to the upcoming tablet; so, when a "prominent app developer" tells CNET they "Just wanted to give you a heads up that we've submitted an updated app for the new iPhone 4.0 software", it's no surprise that the rumor mill starts cranking.

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Apple MobileMe Gallery app for iPhone launched

Apple MobileMe Gallery app for iPhone launched

Apple have released a MobileMe gallery app for the iPhone and iPod touch, that gives subscribers to their cloud storage and backup service easier access to their online galleries.  The app - which is a free download from the App Store, but which obviously requires a MobileMe subscription in order to use - supports the usual pinch-zooming and swipe navigation on the iPhone, as well as basic offline browsing functionality.

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FLO TV on iPhone with new mophie juice pack

FLO TV on iPhone with new mophie juice pack

We've been more than a little dismissive of Qualcomm's FLO TV Personal Television, with SlashGear columnist Michael Gartenberg summing up most of our doubts when he asked why you'd want to carry a separate, dedicated device.  Now, thanks to a deal with mophie, the FLO TV prospect has just got a whole lot more interesting: iPod touch and iPhone juice pack sleeves that add not only a backup battery but FLO TV live television receiving on the Apple handhelds.

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Parrot AR.Drone WiFi helicopter gets augmented reality iPhone control

Parrot AR.Drone WiFi helicopter gets augmented reality iPhone control

We primarily know Parrot as a purveyor of all things Bluetooth, but now the French company is segueing into remote controlled devices.  The Parrot AR.Drone is a quadricopter - i.e. a four-propellor helicopter - that's packed with WiFi for remote-control from an iPhone or iPod touch, two video cameras (one for auto-pilot, another for streaming birds-eye footage back to the pilot) and various sensors and gyroscopes.  Parrot are also releasing an SDK so that developers can create games and other software such as augmented reality (AR).

Multiple video demos after the cut

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iPhone 3G now top cellphone in use in US; “Psychographic” advantage over BlackBerry say Nielsen

iPhone 3G now top cellphone in use in US; “Psychographic” advantage over BlackBerry say Nielsen

Having pulled ahead of Windows Mobile in US smartphone market share, the iPhone 3G has now been named the most popular single handset in use in the US between January and September 2009.  Research firm Nielsen found that the Apple smartphone edged out the BlackBerry 8300 series (at 3.7-percent) with 4-percent of all subscribers; meanwhile a separate Nielsen report found that while RIM's handsets currently have twice the market penetration of Apple's (8-percent versus 4-percent), the iPhone has a "psychographic" advantage as the go-to device for users wanting the newest technology.

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iPhone gets Bluetooth keyboard driver

iPhone gets Bluetooth keyboard driver

Apple's refusal to add a netbook to its range has left many attempting to use the iPhone or iPod touch as a rough equivalent, but ease of text entry continues to frustrate.  Happily, where Apple fall short the developer community delivers, with the simply-named iPhone Bluetooth Keyboard Driver.  Soon to appear in the Cydia Store, v.1 of the driver allows you to wirelessly connect a Bluetooth keyboard to the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS or iPod touch.

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iPhone pips WinMo in US smartphone marketshare

iPhone pips WinMo in US smartphone marketshare

Apple have pulled ahead of Microsoft in terms of smartphone market share, according to a comScore report detailing October's US mobile traffic.  The research firm has been tracking month-by-month usage across multiple platforms, and while RIM still leads the way with roughly 15m devices in use, the iPhone has pulled ahead of Windows Mobile's roughly 7m devices by around 2m.

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