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NC Approves Tax Law Change for Apple

On Monday the General Assembly approved changing North Carolina state tax laws in the hope that Apple will invest $1 billion into the area. The Senate voted 40-8 in favour of the changes.

The bill will now go to Governor Beverly Perdue who is expected to pass it into law with no qualms.

The bill itself names no company as the beneficiary of the tax break but a story last week pinpointed Apple as the company that would be building a data centre in a rural area of the state.

Apple Finishes Push Notification Testing

Mac Rumors reports that Apple has begun putting the finishing touches on it’s Push Notification service testing which the company began several weeks ago.

The AP Mobile application was the first application to be included in the large-scale testing program of Push Notifications which allows applications to receive notifications on the iPhone when they’re not running.

Some are speculating that with the release of iTunes 8.2 this week and the end of Push Notification testing that Apple could be preparing an imminent release of iPhone OS 3.0, although it would not be expected until July.

Apple v. Psystar: Judge Alsup Signs Order Staying Case

On June 1, 2009, Judge Alsup signed an Order stating:

In light of the bankruptcy filing, all proceedings are hereby STAYED until the automatic stay lifts at which time the parties must immediately notify the Court and arrange for a case management conference. A case management conference will be held in any event on December 10, 2009 at 11 a.m. to survey the status.

There has been nothing new filed in the Bankruptcy Court since my last report.

New iPhone to Feature Video Chat?

Boy Genius Report has published a rumour about the possibility of video chat on the new iPhone. The source of the rumour is Fido’s 2009 product roadmap which BGR says it is “very far away from being able to confirm”. The published image shows a $99 4GB iPhone with “Video Calling (iChat)” listed in the features list.

4GB Video Chat iPhone

The most notable slide has to do with a 4GB iPhone 3G. While there is a huge disclaimer that the image isn’t the device itself, the slide depicts a 4GB iPhone model that will run for $99 and come with quad-band EDGE, tri-band HSDPA, a 2 megapixel shooter and, believe it or not, iChat video calling (oh hi, front-facing camera).

It is unknown how authentic the image is but BGR doesn’t seem very convinced.

Best Buy Warns of Constrained iPhone Stock

Over the weekend Best Buy sent out a memo saying that iPhone 3G stock was now constrained, adding that some locations would run out of inventory completely.

The news follows a similar report from retailer Brightpoint in Australia who issued an End of Life warning for the iPhone 3G 16GB.

“We have just been notified that the following devices [iPhone 3G 16GB] are End Of Life and that there is only a few weeks stock available from Brightpoint,” adding “This is an opportunity to take advantage of these devices whilst they’re still available.”

Apple is widely expected to announce a new iPhone at the WWDC opening keynote on June 8th 2009, the device will likely be in public hands by mid-July.

New iPhone in 4GB to 32GB Capacities?

Engadget is reporting that the new iPhone could be available in 4, 8, 16 and 32GB capacities. Engadget pinpoints an approval received from the PCS Type Review Certification Board as the source of the information.

4GB to 32GB — that’s one hell of a range, but we’re hearing from a trusted source that new iPhones in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities just garnered approval by the PCS Type Review Certification Board, the standards body responsible for certificating handsets for use with some carriers (AT&T, for instance).

Engadget goes onto speculate that Apple will use more than just capacities to help differentiate models and could make use of software to reduce features on certain models.