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#iPhone 4

From Video: Is this a sneak peek of Apple's iPhone 5? Leak

Video: Is this a sneak peek of Apple's iPhone 5?

A new back casing for the Apple phone indicates a radical redesign is on the cards.

From San Francisco house searched for missing iPhone 5 prototype IPhone 5

San Francisco house searched for missing iPhone 5 prototype

Meanwhile, two men have been charged with trying to sell an iPhone 4 prototype they found in a bar last year.

From Apple loses top-secret iPhone prototype in bar... again IPhone 5

Apple loses top-secret iPhone prototype in bar... again

An employee left the unreleased iPhone 5 in a Mexican bar in San Francisco, according to tech site CNET.

From Apple overtakes Google to become world's most valuable brand Brands This post contains images

Apple overtakes Google to become world's most valuable brand

The value of the Cupertino tech company almost doubles in 2011, as the launch of the white iPhone 4 sparks scuffles in China.

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Leaked...the new Apple iPhone?

A mysterious video has appeared on YouTube appearing to show a new operating system for the iPhone or possibly an entirely new version of the iPhone.

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Poll: iPhone surveillance. Do you care?

Reports today reveal that a secret chip hidden inside Apple’s iPhone is tracking and recording the movements of owners. But would it stop you using an iPhone?

From You can have an iPhone 4 in any colour you want, as long as it's black Apple

You can have an iPhone 4 in any colour you want, as long as it's black

…because the white one is delayed again.

THE MAN IN CHARGE of iPhone engineering has left Apple weeks after the ‘Antennagate’ controversy broke. The company has not provide a reason behind Mark Papermaster’s departure, but confirmed yesterday that he and the company had parted ways.

Issues surrounding the iPhone 4′s reception quality emerged just days after the device was launched in June. When questioned about it, Apple CEO Steve Jobs suggested people should hold the device differently, before later announcing customers would be given free covers to prevent the problem.

Papermaster left IBM to work for Apple in 2008, prompting IBM to sue him for breach of contract. The company said he had a greed not to work for a competitor for 12 months after his departure. A court initially barred him from working for Apple, but the case was resolved within six months and he began working for Apple in April 2009.

The latest iPhone model continues to cause trouble for Apple. The company is having problems producing the white version of the device, which will now not be available until later this year. Gizmodo recently reported that iPhones are susceptible to hackers who can take control of the device remotely.

DO YOU KNOW what your iPhones been up to?

Tech site Gizmodo is reporting that Apple iPhones are vulnerable to an attack that may give hackers complete control of your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The hack is said to affect the iPad and all devices running the iOS 3.1.2 and higher.

The Press Association is reporting an official security warning  from a German government agency who say the system has”two critical weak points for which no patch exists”

Hackers can gain control of your phone when you click on PDF links in your browser. A font within the PDF causes stack overflow, a technical condition that allows the secret ninja code inside the font to gain complete control of your device. The hack is similar to the hack used to jailbreak an iPhone.

If this is successful, the hacker will have complete access to your phone allowing them to delete files, transmit files, install programs and monitor your actions. A similar problem occurred with TIFF files when the iPhone launched but the bug was later fixed. Up to 100m devices could be affected.

Gizmodo says the safest way to avoid the hack is by not downloading PDF files from untrusted sources.

Only a few months ago Apple suffered a security breach with the iPad and an antenna problem with the iPhone 4, while there are also problems with the iPad overheating.

If you’ve been clocking up airmails and are hankering after a new iPhone 4, you’ll like this nifty little infographic from the website, which collates  iPhone 4 prices from around the world.

The must-have gadget is most expensive in Italy, where the 32GB version will set you back a cool €779. You’ll do far better if you hop on a plane to Hong Kong, however, where you can pick up the same device for €585.

In an unexpected piece of pleasant news, Ireland is a cheaper place to buy an iPhone 4 than eight other countries, including Britain.

Read the full story.

FIGURES RELEASED on smart phones reveal that Google’s mobile operating system – Android has piped Apple’s iOS.

Google’s Android has continued to grow in the US and now has 27% of the market, behind Blackberry who has 33% of the market. Apple is four points below Google at 23%. Apple’s iOS peaked at the end of 2009 at 34%, while Android has seen a rise of over 300% this year. However the figures were compiled just a week after the iPhone 4 was released, according to The Guardian and we could see changes as iPhone 4 gains traction.

57% of Blackberry users have said they’re planning to abandon their Blackberry in the next quarter.

Last March, figures from Ireland suggest that over 250,000 iPhone’s had been sold, while Android had a 0.5% market share. No new figures are available.

O2 AND VODAFONE’S iPhone 4 tariffs have been revealed. This comes subsequent to 3 Ireland’s announcement this morning. The iPhone 4 will be available in Ireland from Friday. Prices for the phone vary from free to €279. O2 have given preference to current customers.

MOBILE OPERATOR 3 Ireland has announced its tariffs for the new Apple iPhone 4. Monthly charges range from €40 and the iPhone can be purchased from €19. Vodafone and O2 have yet to announce their rates for the phone that launches on Friday.

GAINS have been seen on world markets as a result of better-than-expected earnings from Apple.

Revenues rose 88% in the third quarter up to June 26 to $15.7bn and the company saw a 78% jump in profits yesterday. The results show income jumping to $3.25 billion, or $3.51 per share, from $1.8 billion, or $2.01 per share a year ago. Shares for Apple are up 5% as a result.

According to Business Insider iPad, Mac, and iPod shipments were all stronger than expected: Apple shipped 3.27 million iPads, 3.47 million Macs, and 9.4 million iPods during the June quarter.

Reacting to the results Steve Jobs said “it was a phenomenal quarter that exceeded our expectations all around, including the most successful product launch in Apple’s history with iPhone 4,” said Apple’s CEO. “iPad is off to a terrific start, more people are buying Macs than ever before, and we have amazing new products still to come this year.”

This good news comes despite reports of antenna problems with the iPhone 4. Bloggers however are said to be positive about Jobs recent conference on the phones problems.

JONATHAN MANN has become an unlikely internet sensation after Steve Jobs played a song he uploaded to YouTube in advance of his Antennagate press conference yesterday.

Mann – who writes, records and uploads a song to YouTube every day – had his ditty played by Jobs before the press conference, with the Apple CEO saying he saw the video and “wanted to share it.”

Mann – an Apple enthusiast – has posted a video explaining who he is to his legions of new viewers:

Mann says the response from Apple left him in “complete excitement and disbelief – I woke up and had an email from a dude from Apple saying, ‘Hey, we want to use your video.’ It was way beyond my expectations.”

Whatever about the quality of the song, we’re sure there are worse ways to get famous than to have Steve Jobs plug you to the world.

APPLE CEO Steve Jobs has revealed his company’s solution to the so-called “death grip” problem besieging  the iPhone 4.

Recall? Refund? Rejig?

Nope: Free plastic cases.

Addressing customers who have experienced connection problems with their shiny new iPhones, Jobs soberly reminded everyone present that “phones aren’t perfect.”

He demonstrated his point through a video demonstration featuring various smartphones, including a BlackBerry, that lost signal if held in certain ways.

The iPhone 4 has come under fire from consumers after it emerged that connection suffered when the phone was held in particular ways. Respected site Consumer Reports said that it would not recommend the iPhone 4 because of the problem.

Apple’s new policy is to provide all customers with a free bumper case, which Jobs said eliminates the problem. Anyone who had already purchased one will receive $29 refund.

If customers are still unhappy with the service, they will be able to return the phone within 30 days to receive a full refund.

Its seems that some Apple customers were never bothered by the connection problem and Jobs played one such fan’s song, penned in defence of the iPhone 4, just before hitting the stage.

APPLE HAS RELEASED a slightly updated version of the iOS4 operating system used by its iPhones, which slightly increases the size of the antenna bars in the corner, and uses a different formula to calculate the strength of the network coverage.