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 More headlines about the iPhone 3G, PowerPC-hater Snow Leopard, what we all learned at WWDC, and glimpses at an iSight HD and a possible iCar.

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TomTom GPS Update

French language site, MacGeneration spoke with Yann Lafargue of TomTom about the their navigation software on the iPhone. The company does have its software running on an iPhone. Lafargue states that the discovery of a restrictive clause within the iPhone SDK agreement that restricts real-time route guidance isn't an obstacle, and is Apple's way of protecting itself. Still, TomTom is proceeding with caution with it's plans to bring its software to the App Store. "In general, Apple has so far worked with more Americans than Europeans, prompting a caution. There is a whole set of things to confirm before talking about marketing." Editor's note: Quote translated using Google Translate. Via iLounge 

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Another day, another round of articles about the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 2.0 software and OMG have you heard that Apple makes this cool phone?

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Snow Leopard: For Intel Macs Only?

Not so fast -- the Snow Leopard that developers got is just a preview. But yes, it's a preview for Intel Macs only.  So you may have heard some rumors that the next version of OS X, code-named Snow Leopard, will work on Intel Macs only. Screenshots (and more) from the developer preview being handed out at WWDC attendees show that the current (emphasis on current) version of Snow Leopard requires "an Intel processor." Processor support for the final version, expected to ship in a year or so, is still unconfirmed.

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Apple Design Award 2008 Winners

Fame, fortune, and supersweet prize packages given to developers of the best OS X and iPhone apps.  The 2008 Apple Design Awards ceremony was yesterday, always an exciting part of WWDC. Awards were given to OS X apps as well as native iPhone apps that won't be available to schlubs like you and me until the App Store goes live in July.  Besides the prestige and in-your-facery of such a major award, the prize packages are pretty great too -- we're totally jealous. The OS X and iPhone winners get two 15-inch MacBook Pros, two 30-inch Cinema Displays, a 16GB iPod touch, an 8GB iPhone, a Premier Membership in the Apple Developer Connection, plus reimbursement for one person's WWDC expenses, including conference ticket, airfar, and hotel. Oh yeah, and one 2009 Apple Developer Connection Macworld Expo Exclusive Marketing Package, which we believe is a long way of saying they'll get to show off their winning app on the show floor at next January's Macworld.  Check out the winners after the jump. 

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Analyst surveys developers post-keynote.  Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Musnter chatted with 20 Apple developers after Monday's keynote address. Gene learned that of the 20 developers he spoke to, 50% attended to develop exclusivley for the iPhone/iPod touch, 50% we're developing "Enterprise apps." While 70% had written applications for other mobile platforms.  With regard to app pricing, 71% of the apps would be free, with the average paid app price to be $2.29. These numbers are nice, but can 20 developers out of 5,200 be any real indication of the developer community's plans for the iPhone/iPod touch? Via AppleInsider 

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 Rumor site, 9to5Mac is reporting that sources within O2 have leaked information about the upcoming O2 launch of the iPhone 3G in Britain. Some of the rumored features coming to the UK: -Wi-Fi coverage across London and other UK metropolitan areas. O2 customers will also be able to use their data account information to log in with their laptops and desktops. - Bluetooth tethering for laptops. Using your iPhone as a 3G modem. If these rumors prove to be true, add in news that O2 is offering free iPhone's with some of their plans, and it seems the mobile provider may be creating an iPhone nirvana.  

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Rumor: App Store to Launch June 27

 TUAW, posted this screenshot from the Australian iPod touch page that shows the App Store launching June 27. That's a bit earlier then the "early July" official statement from Apple. We searched the site looking for this image and tried looking at cached versions of the site from yesterday with no luck. So either the image was only up for a few moments today and then quickly pulled and someone is now searching for a new job, or it's a mockup created by the TUAW tipster. We sent a query to TUAW about the image and will update when we find out who took the image in question. Regardless, if this is true, yippppeeee! 

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All Roads Lead to Apple

  A BoingBoing reader noticed a bit of information within the iPhone SDK Agreement that may put the skids on TomTom's iPhone GPS software. "Applications may not be designed or marketed for real time route guidance; automatic or autonomous control of vehicles, aircraft, or other mechanical devices; dispatch or fleet management; or emergency or life-saving purposes." This means that either Apple is working on their own GPS navigation system, or they are working their best-buds, Google to enhance Google Maps on the iPhone. It also means no robot vehicles controlled via the iPhone. We all know what happens when robots get vehicles, and it isn't pretty.   UPDATE: A Mac|Life commenter pointed us to an Engadget artcle where one of their commenters shared some interesting information,  "Astute commenter Austin points out that these terms are copied almost word-for-word from the Google Maps API terms -- which means that TomTom and others are probably free to use their own maps to do real-time guidance."  Where would the internet be without its many commenters?

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 Apple’s newest operating system was announced at the 2008 Worldwide Development Conference. Code-named Snow Leopard, the new version’s moniker implies Apple is focusing on refining the operating system more than making major changes.