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Apple will use the Academy Awards show on Sunday to feature a new teaser advertisement focused on the iPhone. The new ad was being made for the Oscars, although no further details on the content of ad were available.
Not satisfied with its existing teams, Apple has begun canvassing schools in a search for junior additions to its swelling game development workforce.
Students at the Savannah College of Art and Design reported today receiving an e-mail from a recruiter working directly for Apple, Inc., who appears to be actively tracking down skilled graphics designers among those enrolled in the school's Fine Arts programs. Those hired for the summer program would be tasked with creating "consistent, high quality 3D and 2D art for games," the message said.
Conspicuously absent from the notice was any mention of a specific platform for the games in question.
The Cuperrino-based Apple has shown a steadily burgeoning interest in games ever since it revealed its first two homemade games for the fifth-generation iPod, Texas Hold'em and Vortex, back in September.
Prudential analyst Jesse Tortora claimed to have caught Apple expanding its staff in December. In turn, a slip of the tongue by a former Microsoft alumnus turned PopCap Games exec has also pointed to casual games as a new feature of the Apple TV, which may include first-party titles.
Just in time for the launch of their Prada phone in Barecelona, LG's head of mobile handset Research and Development has said that the company believes that Apple copied the iPhone concept from LG's Prada phone.
"We consider that Apple copycat [the] Prada phone after the design was unveiled when it was presented in the iF Design Award and won the prize in September 2006," said Mr. Woo-Young Kwak.
Apple has been accused of copying its rivals homework in the past, with Creative claiming - and later suing Apple over allegations - that the company copied Creative's patented interface design and scroll wheel for its iPod.
As to whether or not Apple is guilty of some foul play in this case, I'd give them the benefit of the doubt - at 3GSM everyone and their granny's dog is rolling out an iPhone lookalike, and the idea of touch screen phones is now becoming old hat. LG will get a little bit of a PR boost out of these claims, but I'd be surprised if they brought the claims to court... unless, of course, the Prada phone were to be launched around the same time as the iPhone.
This is still a rumor, but a number of resources are reporting that BMW with their $70,000+ 7-Series sedans, will be the first to integrate the iPhone.
Still, BMW hasn’t worked closely with Apple before so another manufacturer, such as Volkswagen, is more likely to partner with Apple again. However, if iPhone is partnering with BMW, the photo AutoSpies released is not accurate. Just compare and contrast the 7-Series’s Dashboard with the rumored iPhone console placement.
There is no need to scry into the future of mobile technologies. The trends of the next years are clear. Some big players like Nokia, Samsung and LG announced cellphones with touchscreens and features we already know from the iphone. Microsoft's Windows Mobile Version 6 (codename "Crossbow") is also on it's way.