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Apple Now in Top 5 Mobile Phone Market

According to a recent IDC Survey, Apple Computers has entered the top 5 with a 4th place ranking, falling only behind Nokia, Samsung, and LG Electronics.

Having jumped over 90% since this time last year, it's clear that the iPhone 4 has been more than moderately successful, as some critics have claimed. Though the competition has been more fierce than ever before, Apple has not only gained ground, but has done so while still tethered to ATT. 

Considering the recent news and leaks concerning CDMA iPhone 4's being built for Verizon, Apple has officially served notice to the competition that they aren't going anywhere for years to come. 

Of the top 5, only LG lost market share, falling by just over 10% in the past 365 days. 

The good news for all is that the mobile phone market is still growing, and the numbers don't look to slow down anytime soon. 

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Source: cnet
Tags: iPhone, Site News


First-Gen Verizon iPhone to be US-Only

According to an article just out on Fortune.com, the Verizon iPhone is all but a foregone conclusion -- with a launch date sometime in early 2011. What's actually interesting (and not repeated rumor) is that this article strongly asserts that the first generation iPhone will not have any form of international capability. That's right, the first generation Verizon iPhone will be CDMA only, meaning no international service and no LTE or 4G data of any kind.

While this is disappointing for many who were hoping for at least some form of international compatibility, something tells us that the hordes of Verizon customers won't mind too much as long as it's released soon. Like now.

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Source: Fortune
Tags: iPhone, Rumors


How to Get DosPad / iDos on iPhone 3Gs+ With Cydia

iPD forum user Thekn discovered that despite being denied by the app store it is still possible to get iDos (also known as DosPad) on the iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, and iPad. The software's developer has created a Cydia repo for the application and has written brief instructions for installing it on a jailbroken iDevice. Here's how to get it:

  1. Add the following Cydia source:  http://www.litchie.net/cydia
  2. Install DosPad Beta (1.92 is the latest)
  3. Run the app!

The developer is still pursuing app store approval, so we may see iDos/DosPad in the Apple Store in the future. For now, there is no better way to enjoy the DOS classics on your phone.



Apple Preparing to Ship 10 million CDMA iPhone’s in 2011?

Digitimes reports that Pegatron, an electronics manufacturer based in Taiwan, has been given the green light to begin producing CDMA iPhones for Apple -- with the expectation of delivering 10 million devices through 2011. Though neither Apple nor Pegatron will confirm the details of this arrangement, they have confirmed the hiring of 10,000 additional employees, which makes sense considering the anticipated of the 2011 rollout of the CDMA iPhone.

This corresponds with the recent NYTimes report that the iPhone will be coming to Verizon in the early parts of 2011.

While much of the data is pure speculation, those close to Apple could see this coming, as ATT been nothing but headaches for the electronics giant. Though some are waiting for an official announcement before upgrading or switching carriers, others have already made the switch to Droid having given up on having an iPhone that can actually send and receive calls. 

Our advice to you? The writing is on the wall, and ATT will eventually lose exclusivity, the only questions that remains is which carrier gets a chance to play ball. I'd hold off on that new phone purchase until we hear something definitive. 



Tapzilla Set to Break New Advertising Ground

In an effort to change the mobile advertising industry, Tapzilla, a venture backed by Y-Combinator, has created a unique model to help iPhone developers push their apps to the top of the iTunes charts. Traditionally, advertising agencies have focused on offering in-app placements, reviews, and even PPC ads in order to help a company climb the charts, but there's a problem with that - the conversion rate for these types of placements simply aren't high enough to justify the cost.

Tapzilla on the other hand, has chosen to give apps for free to a certain number of buyers per day, effectively bypassing ad placements all together. 

How do they do it?

Simple: They ask the developer to front the cost of the app to the customer, taking a $1 cut per download in the process. For example, suppose the app is 99 cents. The developer will be Tapzilla $1.99, 70 cents of which will be credited as commission by Apple. The net cost to the developer would be $1.29 per download.

Although this can get costly when dealing with 1,000 downloads in a short period of time, it's a wonderful way to get your app noticed. Though the system seems to be working great for Tapzilla, we've yet to hear from developers on the effectiveness of this strategy. We'll keep you posted.



HTC Plugin for LockInfo: Turn your iPhone into an HTC Lookalike

Have you ever wanted your iPhone to have a screen that looks like an HTC device? Have you wanted your lockscreen to be more useful or display customized information? This application can accomplish both of these things.

When you install this plugin for the LockInfo app you can display weather, news, email/sms, and other information in a style very similar to HTC Sense UI -- and turn a lot of heads in the process. Read our full review for more.



iTunes Connect Going Down on Thanksgiving?

It looks like Apple is up to no good once more, as the rumor mill claims they'll be closing down iTunes Connect to developers during the Thanksgiving Holiday.

They've done this before, during the Christmas Holiday, but this would be a very strong move against developers that are looking to cash in during the holiday season. As a developer myself, I understand why they'd want to keep people from making changes to apps during the holidays, but it's another case of making sweeping changes because of a few bad apples. 

Who does this hurt? The indie developers that don't have the PR resources to own the charts nor the ability to address bugs during the most important selling seasons of the year.

Apple has been notorious for allowing "exceptions" for bigger developers, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

If you're a developer and this affects you, the best response is to make sure that your apps, descriptions, pricing strategies, and updates are all ready well before the holiday season. 



iOS 4.2 to Fix iPhone Security Flaw

A bug in iOS 4.1 has been found, allowing the iPhone's lock to be bypassed by pressing a sequence of buttons on the emergency dial screen. 

Currently, the sequence works on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken phones, giving hackers the chance to make calls, access and send email, and break into that phone's address book. While you can avoid this by simply being smart in where you leave your phone, Apple has acknowledged the bug and plans to fix in with the next iOS release (4.2). 

If you'd like to check the exploit on your own device, try the following sequence (credit, MacRumors):

"When your iPhone is locked with a passcode tap Emergency Call, then enter a non-emergency number such as ###. Next tap the call button and immediately hit the lock button. It should open up the Phone app where you can see all your contacts, call any number, etc."

Alternatively, here's a video of the exploit.

Of course, you probably won't have to worry about grandma breaking into your address book, the smart play is to keep your phone in your pocket, especially when in public locations. 



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