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Apple iPod Bluetooth Headset patent app splits opinion

Apple iPod Bluetooth Headset patent app splits opinion

Apple patent applications either meet with resounding "I want that, give that to me now!" or "meh, why?" and it seems the reception to these iPod Bluetooth Headset illustrations is leaning toward the latter.  The patent application shows a device similar in shape to the existing Apple Bluetooth headset, but that would have a detachable second earbud, an integrated display and onboard storage.

That storage would turn the headset into a full-blown iPod, similar to the shuffle.  You would also be able to record voice notes, since it would have an integrated microphone, and of course it could be used for hands-free calling in the regular way.  Apple's application also describe a form of basic automatic volume adjustment that would change earpiece volume depending on the ambient noise picked up by the microphone.

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Apple report latest finances: Mac sales & margins up, iPod touch sales double

Apple report latest finances: Mac sales & margins up, iPod touch sales double

Apple have announced their fiscal Q4 2009 financial results, and it's been another successful three months for the company.  Anybody suggesting that Apple's tactics of selling relatively few expensive devices (rather than many cheap ones) will have some explaining to do in the face of these latest figures: Mac sales are up around 17-percent from the same period one year ago, while gross margin is up 36.6-percent.  That's helped the company reach $9.87bn in revenue, of which $1.67bn is profit (compared to $1.14bn profit in Q4 2008).

After the cut, slumping iPod sales and the promise of "really great new products" by Steve Jobs

Spy camera masquerades as iPod shuffle

Spy camera masquerades as iPod shuffle

Rather than messing around trying to disguise a hidden camera as a button hole or tie, one enterprising Chinese manufacturer decided to take advantage of something we're pretty used to seeing pinned to people's chests: Apple's iPod shuffle.  The "Mini MP3 Cam DVR" is an old-shape shuffle lookalike packed with a 1.3-megapixel video camera, TF slot and rechargeable battery.

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Apple iPod Event 2009 Summary

Apple iPod Event 2009 Summary

If you've just woken up from a week or three of particularly deep sleep, then you may have missed the news that Apple's traditional September iPod event took place yesterday in San Francisco.  Luckily for you, sleepy head, SlashGear was on hand with another liveblog and plenty of live photos of Apple's newest range, so read on for all the details.

Hands-on galleries plus video of the new iPods after the cut

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Apple iPod event September 9th: SlashGear will be live-blogging

Apple iPod event September 9th: SlashGear will be live-blogging

Just as expected, the invitation to Apple's iPod event on September 9th has dropped into the SlashGear inbox, and that means we're off to San Francisco to live-blog the whole thing.  Already a tradition on the Apple calendar, the September music-themed event is the chance for the Cupertino company to show off their latest advances in the segment-dominating PMPs, and this time we're expecting camera functionality to join the party.

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