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Podcast #166: Verizon iPad and More Apple Patents

Verizon introduces a new iPad commercial with a pretty sweet Mi-Fi deal. So sweet that Susie’s pretty bummed about her iPad 3G.
Apple drops another patent and this time it looks like our beloved menubar is in trouble. Oh no, not the menubar!

Plus, we answered a few reader calls, and your questions from Twitter and Facebook.

This week’s Battlestar Applactica picks:

Katy Perry Revenge – .99

Fruit Ninja HD – .99

Routesy Pro Bay Area – .99

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iPhoto 9.1 Update Adds Calendars, More Letterpress and a Bug Fix

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Right on the heels of last week’s 9.0.1 update which addressed potential data loss when updating your library from a previous version, Apple has released iPhoto 9.1 on Thursday. Among the changes are the ability to create and order calendars, additional letterpress holiday greeting cards and bug fixes.

Apple has released iPhoto 9.1, the second update to the iLife ’11 component since its release on October 20. The latest update released on Thursday brings back the ability to create and order calendars as well as offering additional letterpress holiday greeting card themes.

A bug fix is also part of iPhoto 9.1, specifically for an issue that prevented videos downloaded from MobileMe or Flickr from correctly importing into iPhoto Events.

Apple is recommending the update for all users of iPhoto ’11, with the 177.33MB download available now via Software Update or from the company’s website.

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Apple May Wind Up Paying More to Manufacturer Foxconn

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It seems inevitable that with a company’s runaway success, the costs of doing business increase exponentially. That may be the case with Apple, as a new report claims that Foxconn parent company Hon Hai will be increasing its prices for some clients, including Apple.

MacRumors is reporting that Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing costs may be increasing this month, according to a brief note in Reuters from Citibank analyst Chang Kaiwei. It appears that Hon Hai, the parent company for Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn, plans to raise the prices they charge to manufacture devices such as the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

“Hon Hai, the world’s largest electronic parts maker, will raise prices from October for some clients, including Apple, according to a Citibank analyst,” reads the report from a Taiwan newspaper on Wednesday.

But don’t cry for Apple — the price increase is aimed at boosting profits for all on Hon Hai’s divisions, which includes customers such as Nokia, Microsoft and Sony Ericsson as well.

The report didn’t indicate how much of a price increase technology companies could expect, nor whether or not it would affect the bottom line price that end consumers will ultimately pay for their gadgets. MacRumors notes that Apple’s “healthy gross margins” should help it maintain current price points, although other companies may not be so lucky — and any manufacturing cost increases could also affect Cupertino’s ever-climbing stock price, since investors rarely embrace such news.

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Square Trade Study: iPhone 4 Glass Breaks More Than 3GS

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And in other news, water is wet.  As 9to5Mac reports, when one of the main features of the iPhone 4 was the strength of the glass casing, it is sort of alarming that it would break 82 percent more than an iPhone 3GS’ casing, says Square Trade’s study.

Granted the iPhone 4 has two sides of glass instead of one, so that would probably amount to double the incidents versus previous iPhone generations that maintained plastic backs.

It was also determined that the plastic around the sides of the iPhone 3GS is able to cushion potential impact much better than the iPhone 4’s metal antenna-frame.

Other findings:

-iPhone 4 owners reported 82 percent more damaged screens in the first four months compared to iPhone 3GS owners.

-More than 25 percent of damage reported was to the glass on the back of the unit.

-The reported accident rate for the iPhone 4 was 68 percent higher than for the iPhone 3GS.

-An estimated 15.5 percent of iPhone 4 owners will have an accident within a year of buying their phone.

-iPhone 4 screen damage is responsible for more than four-fifths of reported accidents during the last four months, slightly higher than the iPhone 3GS during the same time period.

Who is SquareTrade exactly?  They’re the largest independent warranty provider in the world, and they had analyzed iPhone accidents for well over 20,000 iPhone 4s and the results were pretty in line with their earlier prognostications.

How many of our readers out there have suffered iPhone 4 screen damage?  Does the iPhone 4 seem to be in better or worse off shape?  Feel free to leave your comments below!

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iPhone Apps Have Become More Popular Than TV Shows

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Given the sheer volume of downloading of apps, it was bound to happen sooner or later.  The daily audience of apps running on the iOS system has now expanded beyond 19 million users.  These users spend about 22 minutes a day on these apps, meaning the audience for iOS devices has now passed…you guessed it, Sunday Night Football on NBC.  It’s also just shy of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.

According to MobileBeat, just 4 million daily viewers are all that separate the iOS audience from the No. 1 TV show, Fox’s American Idol.  The measures come from the analytics firm Flurry.

Flurry made mention that that’s only part of the picture, as its analytics code is only integrated into 50,000 of the 250,000 apps that are on the iOS.  Given that, Flurry feels that iOS is even larger than all the TV shows if one takes into account the whole iOS viewership.

“The most obvious [effect] is the impact on the advertisement industry, which has relied on the reach generated by its prime time television slot for years,” said Peter Farago, the vice president of marketing at Flurry.

With that readers, since the explosion of the App Store, have you found yourself enjoying your apps and utilizing them more than you used to watch television?  Movies?  Or on the flip side of that, are you finding yourself using apps like Hulu, Netflix, etc., to watch the above?  Feel free to leave comments below!

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