Orange denies confirming Apple tablet

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Jan 122010
 

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Orange moved quickly to deny that one of its executives confirmed the imminent release of the Apple tablet. Yesterday, Orange executive Stéphane Richard apparently confirmed the existence of the much-rumoured device during an interview. Orange is now explaining that some comments were taken out of context and misinterpreted when translated to English. According to an official statement,

"These responses in no way reflect Orange’s confirmation of the existence of the rumoured device. The spokesperson was merely confirming that he is aware of the speculation surrounding a launch and that Orange would be delighted to have such a product were it ever to be available."

It’s not the first time that Orange has confirmed an upcoming product before its official announcement. Back in 2007, the company jumped the gun and confirmed a deal with Apple for the Apple iPhone weeks before it was officially unveiled.

Most rumours now suggest that Apple will unveil its tablet PC possibly called the iSlate at a press event on January 26th or January 27th.

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Orange executive confirms Apple iSlate tablet

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Jan 112010
 

In an interview earlier today, French carrier Orange executive Stéphane Richard, apparently confirmed the imminent release of the Apple tablet PC. Asked whether Apple was set to launch a tablet, Richard simply answered "Yes."

Richard also confirmed the presence of a webcam on the Apple tablet.

Apple is expected to announce its tablet PC, possibly to be known as the iSlate, at a press event on January 27th (originally thought to take place a day earlier).

Source: MobiFrance.com

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Softbank announces pricing for iPhone 3G in Japan

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Jun 242008
 

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Softbank already announced that it would carry the Apple iPhone 3G in Japan. Yesterday, they announced phone and service plan pricing.

The 8GB iPhone 3G will sell for ¥23,000 (about USD$215) while the 16GB version will sell for ¥34,560 (about USD$320) with a two year service plan.

A number of plans will be offered. The most basic plan, called the ‘White plan (i)’ will cost ¥7,280 (about USD$68 per month). It comes with free domestic voice calls between SoftBank handsets from 1:00 to 21:00, a SoftBank original mail service with receipt notification ‘Email(i)’ for free, the ‘Packet Flat-rate Full’ to enable full access to web browsing, video and map services, and the ‘S! Basic Pack (i)’. More expensive plans will offer additional options.

Softbank will sell the iPhone 3G through stores currently already handling SoftBank phones, starting on July 11th.

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Softbank to offer Apple iPhone in Japan

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Jun 042008
 

Softbank is the latest carrier to announce that it will offer the Apple 3G iPhone:

SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. today announced it has signed an agreement with Applee® to bring the iPhone™ to Japan later this year.

Softbank is the first Japanese carrier to announce that it will offer the Apple iPhone but the press release does not indicate if Softbank has landed an exclusive deal. If not, we could see other Japanese carriers make similar announcements in the near future.

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iTunes movies land in Canada and the UK

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Jun 042008
 

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Starting today, Apple is now offering movies for sale and for rent both in Canada and the UK.

In Canada, over 1,200 films from studios such as 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and Maple Pictures are now available. Prices will range from CAD$9.99 to CAD$19.99 for purchase and from CAD$3.99 to CAD$4.99 for rentals. High-definition versions will rent for a dollar more.

In the UK, some 700 movies are now available. Prices will range from £6.99 to £10.99 for purchases and £2.49 to £3.49 for rentals. High-definition versions will cost one pound more.

iTunes movies can be downloaded and watched through iTunes on a computer or through the iPod classic, iPod nano with video, iPod touch and on a widescreen TV with Apple TV.

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One more time: Beatles coming to iTunes (or not)

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Mar 102008
 

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Even before Apple Corps and Apple Inc. buried the hatchet over trademark disputes, people have been wondering when The Beatles would land on iTunes. I first reported on such rumours back in 2006 and they are back once once.

This weekend, the London-based Telegraph reported that the much anticipated release of the Beatles catalog on iTunes was nearing reality after Paul McCartney agreed to a deal reportedly worth up to £300 million (just over USD$600 million). This is a staggering amount of money if you consider how many Beatles song Apple would have to sell to recoup the costs. At an estimated gross of 33 cents a song, Apple would have to sell 1.8 billion songs before starting to make a profit.

But once again, those rumours appear to have been crushed and we won’t have to debate whether Steve Jobs was crazy or not to agree to such a deal. Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company co-owned by Sony and Michael Jackson and that owns most of the publishing rights, has denied the report. A Sony/ATV spokesperson indicated that the company would have been informed of such a deal and that it had in fact received no such notice.

We now return to our ‘The Beatles are coming to iTunes’ watch…

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Apple doubles capacity of iPhone and iPod touch

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Feb 052008
 

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Apple quietly announced today new iPhone and iPod touch models that feature twice the capacity of previous models. Aside from the new capacity, they appear identical to existing models.

The iPhone now comes in a 16GB configuration for USD$499. It is also available in the UK for £329 (inc VAT). The 8GB iPhone is still available for USD$399.

The latest iPod touch will come with 32GB of storage for USD$499 (CAD$519). It joins the 16GB and 8GB models for USD$399 (CAD$419) and USD$299 (CAD$319), respectively.

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Today: Apple iPhone lands in Germany and UK with new firmware

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Nov 092007
 

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Just a quick reminder for our German and UK readers: The Apple iPhone lands today (with firmware 1.1.2). In Germany, it has already gone on sale but UK buyers will need to wait until 6:02 tonight to get their hands on one from O2. In the UK, it will be available for £269 (including VAT) through Apple’s retail and online stores, O2 and The Carphone Warehouse retail stores. In Germany, it will be available through Telekom Shops of Deutsche Telekom and the T-Mobile web shop and will sell for €399 (including V.A.T.).

Apple will also release a new firmware update for existing Apple iPhone and iPod touch users. Version 1.1.2 includes a patch for the TIFF exploit, wider support for international keyboards and improved special character support. UK users will also get access to The Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots. The update will also support the creation of calendar appointments on the iPod touch. Look for it next time you sync up with iTunes.

The iPhone will also debut in France on November 29th on the Orange network.

Television shows now available at Apple UK

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Aug 282007
 

It took almost two years but TV shows are now headed across to the Atlantic. Apple UK has now begun to offer TV shows on its iTunes service. You will find such shows as Lost, Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, and more from ABC Studios, Disney, MTV Networks and Nickelodeon, among others. UK-produced series such as Nickelodeon’s “Genie in the House” and Paramount Comedy’s “Comedy Blue” are also available.

Shows cost £1.89 each (roughly about US$3.80 or CAD$4.00) and will be offered in 640-by-480 resolution.

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Hermit in a cave update: Apple iPhone available today

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Jun 292007
 

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Just in case Gadgetorama is the only web site that you check for news about the outside world (and you have missed our iPhone coverage in the past), today is the day that the world (well, the US at least) finally gets to get their hands on the Apple iPhone. It will be available today at 1800 local time and lineups are well under way at Apple and AT&T stores. Apple has confirmed that you will be able to purchase a maximum of two iPhones.

Apple has also got a number of iPhone accessories ready for you. Among them is the Bluetooth headset (which includes an iPhone Dual Dock to charge both the iPhone and the headset and a Bluetooth Travel Cable) for US$129, the iPhone Stereo Headset for US$29 and a US$29 USB power adapter among others.

Apple has also released iTunes 7.3 which will let you activate the iPhone service and let you sync it with your PC.

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Apple delays Leopard in favour of iPhone

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Apr 122007
 

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Apple announced today that its next operating system (codename Leopard) has been pushed back from its June release to October as it focuses on releasing the iPhone in June. The statement issued reads:

iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned. We can’t wait until customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and magical product it is. However, iPhone contains the most sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device, and finishing it on time has not come without a price — we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS X team, and as a result we will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned. While Leopard’s features will be complete by then, we cannot deliver the quality release that we and our customers expect from us. We now plan to show our developers a near final version of Leopard at the conference, give them a beta copy to take home so they can do their final testing, and ship Leopard in October. We think it will be well worth the wait. Life often presents tradeoffs, and in this case we’re sure we’ve made the right ones.

This will hopefully also give time to further polish Leopard as there appear to still be a large laundry list of bugs in the latest build.

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iPhone dispute between Apple and Cisco settled

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Feb 222007
 

Apple and Cisco have settled the lawsuit over Apple’s use of the Cisco-owned iPhone name. Going forward both companies will use the iPhone brand and they will also explore ways to make their products and services more interoperable.

As part of the agreement, the two companies have agreed to dismiss all iPhone trademark legal actions. Other details of the settlement were not revealed.

And with that, Apple clears another iPhone hurdle. But a few, like a potential lawsuit from Canadian company Comwave Telecom which owns a Canadian trademark on the iPhone name and Quantum Research threatening another lawsuit over the touchscreen technology, still remain.

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Cisco sues Apple over iPhone trademark

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Jan 102007
 

Yesterday, the news was that Cisco and Apple were in discussions over the use by Apple of the name iPhone for its new mobile phone and a final agreement was expected shortly. Today, the news is not quite so optimistic with Cisco filing a lawsuit against Apple today for the infringement of Cisco’s registered iPhone trademark. “Today’s iPhone is not tomorrow’s iPhone. The potential for convergence of the home phone, cell phone, work phone and PC is limitless, which is why it is so important for us to protect our brand,” said Mark Chandler, senior vice president and general counsel, Cisco.

Apparently, Apple has tried since 2001 to get the iPhone trademark. The suit alleges that Apple went as far as setting up a front company to try to acquire the rights.

Cisco is seeking an injunction to prevent Apple from using the name as well as damages.

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Apple introduces iPod nano

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Sep 112005
 

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The Apple mini is not moving to solid state, flash storage as had been anticipated earlier. Instead, it will make way for the iPod nano which willl make use of flash storage like the iPod shuffle. Two models (2GB and 4GB) were unveiled at Apple’s September 7th special event, both with a 1.5-inch colour screen. The nano is very thin (0.27 inches) and 3.5-inches high and 1.6 wide (80% smaller in volume than the original iPod), features Apple’s famous Click wheel and is available in either white or black. It also comes with a 14 hour rechargeable battery and supports the dock connector.

The nano is priced like the iPod minis but offers less capacity. The 2GB model is available for $199 USD ($249 CAD) and the 4GB model sells for $249 USD ($299.00 CAD).

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iTunes arrives in Japan

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Aug 032005
 

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Today, Apple opened its iTunes Music Store in Japan. Songs will sell for between ¥150 and ¥200 per song and it will feature the recently launched support for Podcasting.

Apple also used the opportunity to announce the worldwide availability of early Abkco catalog titles. This makes the iTunes Music Store the only online service to offer the complete music catalog of the Rolling Stones.

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