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iPhone OS 4.0 wrap-up

iPhone OS 4.0 wrap-up

Apple's iPhone OS 4.0 preview has been and gone, and the aftermath is a much more appealing OS not only for the iPhone but for the new iPad.  As anticipated, the biggest draw of today's event was multitasking, with Apple telling us it's taken them four iterations of the iPhone OS to get it just right.  Elsewhere there's a new social gaming network for competing with both friends and strangers, a unified inbox and folders for better organising email and apps, and a new iAd advertising platform.

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Apple iPhone OS 4.0 liveblog now underway!

Apple iPhone OS 4.0 liveblog now underway!

It's Thursday April 8th and SlashGear is at Apple HQ bright and early waiting for the iPhone OS 4.0 "Sneak Peek" event to begin.  It's something of a surprise - and definitely short notice, even for Apple - coming so soon on the heels of the iPad launch last weekend, and we've got high hopes for what might be on the cards today.  We're liveblogging the whole event at http://live.slashgear.com/ so join us as we find out exactly what Apple have in store.

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74% iPad buyers were Mac owners, 66% had iPhones claims analyst

74% iPad buyers were Mac owners, 66% had iPhones claims analyst

Apple may describe the iPad as a new segment, but are they also carving out a new audience for the company?  According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, first-day sales of the new tablet don't seem to suggest that's the case.  He interviewed 448 iPad early-adopters and discovered that 74-percent were existing Mac users and 66-percent had an iPhone.  Just 4-percent expected the iPad to replace their existing computer, and only 1-percent thought it might replace their iPhone.

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Spotify for iPhone yanked from App Store

Spotify for iPhone yanked from App Store

Having told you about the new version of Spotify Mobile for iPhone just the other day, you might be wondering exactly where to find it in the App Store.  Unfortunately, v0.4 has actually been yanked - not at Apple's behest, but by Spotify themselves.  Turns out, the new version's iPod integration - which could use locally stored tracks rather than downloading them anew - was causing some issues for certain devices, resulting in crashes.  Spotify have sent a new version, v0.4.1, through to Apple, but they're still waiting for it to be approved.

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Spotify for iPhone v0.4 approved for App Store

Spotify for iPhone v0.4 approved for App Store

After news that Spotify are looking to launch their streaming music service in the US come Q3 2010, we'd wager there are a few more people interested in the company's freshly updated - and Apple approved - iPhone application.  Announced a couple of weeks back, the new Spotify v0.4 - which adds Last.fm scrobbling, easier "starred" favorites and several other features - has now found its way into the App Store.

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Apple sued over multitouch IP: iPad & iPhone imports under threat?

Apple sued over multitouch IP: iPad & iPhone imports under threat?

Apple's iPad might be shipping out to preorder customers, but there's at least one company who'd like to put a stop to it.  Taiwanese company Elan Microelectronics have filed a suit against Apple with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) today, on the premise that the Cupertino company's multitouch implementation impinges on one of their own patents.  If upheld, the ITC could block Apple from bringing iPads - along with iPhones, iPod touch PMPs and the Magic Mouse - into the US.

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Spotify for iPhone app updated: Last.fm, low-connection streaming, more

Spotify for iPhone app updated: Last.fm, low-connection streaming, more

Spotify's streaming music service has plenty of fans, even without a US release as yet, and the company have just announced that an update to their iPhone client is just around the corner.  The app - first released back in September last year - gains Last.fm scrobbling together with support for easier control of track and album favorites using a new star button system (which is also tipped for the Spotify desktop client soon).

Meanwhile low-speed connections needn't mean an end to your music, as the new version of Spotify Mobile for iPhone now supports a lower, 96kb/s bitrate.  That means some sacrifice of audio quality, but at least you'll be able to keep listening.  Similarly efficient is the app's ability to use tracks already locally cached on the iPhone in different playlists, rather than re-downloading them.

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Pioneer VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K & VSX-1120-K 7.1 receivers get iPhone remote support

Pioneer VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K & VSX-1120-K 7.1 receivers get iPhone remote support

Pioneer certainly seem to love iPod touch/iPhone integration; their latest batch of A/V receivers are the third generation of models to include support for the touchscreen devices.  The Pioneer VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K and VSX-1120-K each offer 7.1-channels of surround sound and can - via a USB hook-up - play back content from an attached Apple PMP; new to these models, however, is compatibility with the Pioneer's iControlAV App, that turns an iPhone or iPod touch into a touchscreen remote.  They also boast support for Bluetooth A2DP stereo audio streaming, to funnel music from any A2DP-compliant device.

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iPhone OS grabs US game market share from PSP & DS

iPhone OS grabs US game market share from PSP & DS

When is a games console not a games console?  When it's an iPhone or iPod touch, of course, and while Apple may only list gaming as a partial purpose of their devices, that hasn't stopped iPhone OS from picking up a growing chunk of the market.  Software analysts Flurry have stepped up with some new figures that suggest Apple's iPhone OS has seen its US video game software market share increase five-fold between 2008 and 2009.

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Kenwood AS-iP70 iPod speaker dock packs digital photo frame

Kenwood AS-iP70 iPod speaker dock packs digital photo frame

Kenwood might not be the first name you'd associate with iPod speaker docks, nor with digital photo frames, but their latest product ticks both boxes.  The Kenwood AS-iP70 has a 7-inch WVGA LCD display and a pop-out iPod/iPhone dock; as well as listening to music and viewing photos and video from the Apple PMP on the display, owners can also load up photos from an SD card and view them instead.

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