NBC at iTunes UK; Caris ups outlook; new '3G iPhone' photo

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NBC has tentatively dipped its toes back into iTunes' waters. Also, Caris & Company has raised its estimates for Apple; Piper Jaffray sees Vodafone as having no iPhone exclusives; iTunes France may be the next to have a full-fledged video store; and yet another alleged 3G iPhone photo has appeared at AppleInsider's door.



NBC shows at iTunes UK



In what may be a sign of further reparations between two media giants, NBC Universal has put some of its shows back on the iTunes Store through its UK branch, according to reports.



Although limited to just a handful of shows such as Heroes and House, the move marks the seeming return of NBC to Apple's service after a heavily-publicized feud that saw Apple pull all NBC shows after the companies were unable to reach an agreement over the flexibility of TV show pricing. NBC is believed to have used its Hulu web-based service as well as deals with SanDisk and other Apple rivals as alternatives to an iTunes presence.



Early visits to the restored content, however, reveal that NBC may have gained the upper hand in negotiating its reappearance and struck a deal for variable pricing: legacy shows cost as little as £1.19, while in-production shows sell for £1.89.



The discovery has been made at the same time that NBC has offered TV shows for the Zune Marketplace in the US at a currently fixed $1.99 price.



Caris lifts price target based on high iPhone, Mac estimates



Caris & Company on Tuesday continued a recent precedent of more optimistic forecasts for Apple by increasing its share price target for the Mac maker from $170 to $200.



Analyst Shebly Seyrafi at the financial firm views both the iPhone and the Mac as the key factors in Apple's healthy state. While the Mac has shown a recent ability to grow above industry trends and merits attention, the potential for a 3G iPhone debut at June's Worldwide Developer Conference is a particularly strong "catalyst," according to the researcher.



An iPhone with the faster Internet access is likely to spike sales and will reach further than the current model, which is both incompatible with some areas and less desirable in Europe. A possible subsidy on iPhone prices may also help accelerate sales, Seyrafi says.



Caris now anticipates that Apple will ship approximately 10 million Macs in fiscal 2008 (up from 9.6 million) and 10.2 million iPhones (up from 10.0 million) during the same year. As many as 12 million Macs and 17.9 million iPhones could ship in 2009, the company's analyst says.



Piper: none of Vodafone's iPhone deals exclusive



Vodafone's announcement of ten national iPhone deals is noteworthy for the lack of exclusives associated with the contracts, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.



In an investment note, Munster notes that carriers to date have been quick to trumpet any exclusivity contracts they might receive -- a behavior unusually absent from Vodafone's release. The telecoms firm is already known to be sharing the spotlight in Italy with Telecom Italia, which also has rights to the device.



An open model across multiple nations is likely to hurt Apple's revenue share starting in 2009, but may be compensated by the expansion allowed by the new model. Vodafone's announcement by itself came as a surprise, Munster says.



"This announcement is both sooner and more expansive that we were expecting," he explains. "With the announcement of these 10 additional markets, the iPhone's international rollout is about 6 months ahead of our original expectations."



iTunes France to receive TV shows?



French iTunes customers will soon have access to TV show downloads, say separate reports from local media outlets collected by MacBidouille.



A recent news post by ElectronLibre claims that Apple has struck deals with both international and French studios to offer TV episodes in the country, including Disney, EuropaCorp, and Paramount. The launch is "almost" ready, according to the claim, and could occur within three weeks of the original post, landing sometime in mid-May.



The American electronics company may have to contend with resistance from Canal + and TF1 to close a deal, the report adds. Both are considered key backers of programming in France and are said to be reluctant to embrace an on-demand video download service.



Additionally, French TV industry publication Telerama suggests Apple is eager to give France and other European countries the expanded iTunes video store and may take advantage of European Union rules to obtain a blanket license for videos by hosting them from Luxembourg; a service headquartered in the small nation wouldn't require individual national licenses, Telerama's newsletter says.



Another purported 3G iPhone photo appears



After a succession of alleged photo leaks, AppleInsider this evening has received another photo that is claimed to be an image of the next-generation iPhone.



The lone photo suggests a more squared-off design than the current phone and with a less conspicuous chrome trim as suggested by a recent iLounge report.



As with earlier shots, AppleInsider can't vouch for the accuracy of the image and is posting it with the assumption that it is a mockup, purely for the sake of analysis and discussion by readers.



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  • Reply 1 of 48
    eduardoeduardo Posts: 181member
    Wow, this new 'leak' looks pretty good; more svelt than the current iPhone.
  • Reply 2 of 48
    tbagginstbaggins Posts: 2,306member
    I would guess that most or all of the '3G iPhone prototype' spy photos we've seen were of red herrings.



    It's just something Steve would do.





    .
  • Reply 3 of 48
    interwebsinterwebs Posts: 17member
    Apparently Microsoft has made a deal with NBC/Universal to offer it's programs for the Zune:



    See:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080506/...soft_zune_dc_2
  • Reply 4 of 48
    rjhararyrjharary Posts: 12member
    Best iPhone fake yet. This could be the real thing. Especially the camera reflected in the screen.
  • Reply 5 of 48
    macvictamacvicta Posts: 346member
    Wow, that looks nice. You can see the front-facing video camera in the upper left (our left) hand corner.
  • Reply 6 of 48
    foo2foo2 Posts: 1,077member
    Is it just an illusion or is the "home" button off-center?
  • Reply 7 of 48
    jensonbjensonb Posts: 528member
    Is anyone else dubious? It looks 'shopped for one thing. The home button looks off somehow. Incidentally, I'm not keen on the new industrial design either in that picture or as similarly described by iLounge
  • Reply 8 of 48
    delfoniqdelfoniq Posts: 95member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MacVicta View Post


    Wow, that looks nice. You can see the front-facing video camera in the upper left (our left) hand corner.



    Think so too. Judging from the frequency of new (fake or not) iPhone picture leaks (one per day), it looks like it might be coming before anyone of us expects!
  • Reply 9 of 48
    11thindian11thindian Posts: 181member
    As with any of these the only proof we'll see if it it gets pulled. And even then...
  • Reply 10 of 48
    alpichalpich Posts: 96member
    I am not so taken with this one. It reeks "Its boxy but its good" like a Volvo car. But what I really don't understand is why Apple would have put a rim around the screen when one of the defining aspects of the touch interface was that it had a flush surface with the body of the iPhone. Why go backwards?
  • Reply 11 of 48
    eagerdragoneagerdragon Posts: 318member
    Bottom of the phone looks odd, like someone sliced a wedge section off. Maybe it is just my eyes.
  • Reply 12 of 48
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    ? Caris' unit sales for Mac and iPhone are woefully conservative.

    ? That image is so obviously photoshopped.
  • Reply 13 of 48
    nasseraenasserae Posts: 3,157member
    This is the same iPhone photo seen here http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=1031



    Doubt it is the real deal
  • Reply 14 of 48
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Delfoniq View Post


    Think so too. Judging from the frequency of new (fake or not) iPhone picture leaks (one per day), it looks like it might be coming before anyone of us expects!



    Here's the problem with that and my problem with all of these leaks: If the 3G phone were coming out before software 2.0, which would have to be really soon, you'd assume that any leaked phones would have an OS on them, so leaked shots would be taken with the phone on. However, and one poster noted this in the previous leaked iPhone thread, a lot of these shots look like production models without the internals, which I think is probably supported by the fact that none of the shots actually have the phones turned on.



    This makes me believe that Apple's probably planning to release the 3G model a few months after the 2.0 release, which would mean that it wouldn't be out of the question for Apple to be considering the final 3G prototypes right now ahead of a release in late 2008. What we're seeing is probably leaks of several possible versions of the next gen, and maybe, if you believe the rumor mill that has Jobs behind it all, just the rejected ones to throw people off.
  • Reply 15 of 48
    alpichalpich Posts: 96member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by potterhead4 View Post


    This makes me believe that Apple's probably planning to release the 3G model a few months after the 2.0 release, which would mean that it wouldn't be out of the question for Apple to be considering the final 3G prototypes right now ahead of a release in late 2008. What we're seeing is probably leaks of several possible versions of the next gen, and maybe, if you believe the rumor mill that has Jobs behind it all, just the rejected ones to throw people off.



    Problem with this idea is that Vodafone is set to release the iPhone in a lot of places. Most with good G3 services. In Australia you would have to be brain damaged some way to buy a standard GSM product since all major players are now offering 3G services.



    Here is an article link to state that GSM in Australia could be turned off in 2010.



    http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum...fm/684948.html



    Why would anyone spend up $1000 Aus for a phone that will be useless in two years? Maybe because they are going to upgrade. But many of us will use this phone till it dies. I would rather that be due to it failing after many years of faithful services and not because the GSM network is turned off. The reality seems to be that no matter how you present it the iPhone is not a mission critical devices and if waiting 1 to 5 months get me a G3 then it is worth it.



    And really all I want is for Steve Jobs to come out and say "What is the price for this 3G iPhone. Well you will get it for the same price as the current generation iPhones."
  • Reply 16 of 48
    Here's why:

    Download the photo from the site and look at the image properties. It states it was taken with a Minolta Dimage XT, well that reflection in the picture is no Dimage XT, that's a Sony cybershot.

    FAKE
  • Reply 17 of 48
    zeasarzeasar Posts: 91member
    erm... this photo somehow reminds me of a LG phone, too fake to be true.
  • Reply 18 of 48
    berzerkerberzerker Posts: 28member
    Another well-shopped LG Vu.
  • Reply 19 of 48
    virgil-tb2virgil-tb2 Posts: 1,416member
    It's an obvious fake. It looks exactly like an LG Phone, either the KS-20 seen here :



    ... which rips off the iPhone IP, or any one of the other LG models that all have the curved top and bottom like the fake image.



    Notice it has a button on the lower right side where an iPhone has no button?
  • Reply 20 of 48
    nofeernofeer Posts: 2,422member
    ok lets say it's not fake, where are the "buttons" and if indeed there was a front camera, what hide it behind a smoke glass, wouldn't that decrease video quality???

    and what about the zirconia case.

    hmmm seems much is made of things for misinformation, maybe it's by LG so when someone goes into a att store they just grab what looks like an "iphone"



    it looks worse than the iphone 1
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