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Tech press abuzz over Apple's iPhone plans

AppleSan Francisco  - An iPhone Lite? Or perhaps an iPad? Whatever new device Apple has up its sleeve, the US technology press is wasting no time in speculating on its identity.

From the heights of the Wall Street Journal to the unending chatter of a thousand blog-postings, the speculation reached a crescendo Wednesday after a BusinessWeek article that the company was in talks with US cell phone giant Verizon to provide "a smaller cheaper version of the iPhone" and a second device described as a "media pad that would let users listen to music, view photos, and watch high-definition videos."

BusinessWeek hints at Verizon-Apple partnership for distributing two new devices

Verizon-Apple According to BusinessWeek, the Verizon-apple partnership is in the offing; with rumors abound that Verizon Wireless is working out a deal with Apple Inc for the distribution of two new devices similar to the IPhone.

Unnamed sources say that Apple CEO, Steve Jobs has been involved in the talks with Verizon, that have been on for the past six months; and that Apple is supposedly through with the creation of the prototypes of the proposed devices.

More than 10% of full-time retail workers laid-off by Apple

AppleDespite having posted the quite favorable 2009 second quarter results, there are indications that Apple is cutting costs in order to battle out the impact of the still-ongoing financial meltdown - laying-off full-time retail employees being one of the practical measures undertaken by the company.

In its 10-Q form filed with the SEC, Apple has made a mention of 14,000 full-time retail employees at the end of the last quarter; though the number of employees mentioned in the same document, for the December 2008 quarter, was 15,600.

‘Bump’ - the one-billionth iPhone app to be downloaded from App Store!

App StoreAlmost a month after its launch in the App Store, 'Bump' - the social networking application that facilitates the transfer of contact information between iPhones and iPod Touches - has become a part of iPhone's history on Thursday, by becoming the one-billionth app to be downloaded from the App Store.

Interestingly, Bump is the first App Store offering coming from Bump Technologies, a development shop of three ex-Texas Instruments employees - David Lieb, Jake Mintz, and Andy Huibers,. In order to support a social connection, the initially-free Bump app makes use of the accelerometer of the iPhone or iPod Touches, Internet connection, and location data.

Apple fires 1,600 from retail stores

Apple fires 1,600 from retail stores San Francisco  - Apple has fired some 1,600 employees from its chain of retail stores due to slackening consumer demand, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The job cuts were referenced in a securities filing by Apple Thursday in which the company said it had 14,000 full-time equivalent employees in its retail division as of March 28, down from the 15,600 as of the end of December.

The move came as Apple's recent earnings report showed a drop in sales for its Mac computer line, which is the biggest earner at the stores.

Apple owners call in 1 billion downloads for iPhone

Apple owners call in 1 billion downloads for iPhoneSan Francisco  - Owners of Apple's popular iPhones have downloaded over 1 billion applications for the must-have smartphones, Apple said Friday.

The landmark download was reached just nine months after Apple launched the App Store which allows users of the iPhone to download new programs for their devices. The program has proved so popular that thousands of companies and individuals are believed to be writing applications for the phone, which Apple then distributes via the online marketplace.

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