Mac News and Rumors for June 16th

 

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This week, the iPhone 4 will soon be released and we’ll find out more about iOS 4.  In addition, UB.com and Party Poker offer some killer promotions, making it another lucrative week for Mac poker players.

iPhone 4 Pre-Sale Began June 15th

Many are licking their chops at the chance to get the new phone, which we will review right here at MacPoker.com.  An AT&T memo confirms that only black models will be available at launch, with white models not available until later this summer.  The iPhone 4 will come in 16 GB and 32 GB models with supply expected to be limited only to those who pre-order by June 24th when it hits store shelves.  Retail partners such as Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Wal-Mart are gearing up for the launch.  AT&T confirmed that company retail stores will open at 7:00am on launch day.

Apple Accepting iOS 4 Apps for Approval

Apple started accepting iOS 4 applications ahead of the June 21st release of the new operating system for iPhones and iPads.  Formerly called iPhone OS, iOS4 also runs on the popular iPod Touch devices.  The new version has many new features that may require modifications to existing apps for full compatibility including multitasking, folders, an improved mail application, enhanced enterprise support, iAds, and iBooks.  Apple has stated that there are over 1,500 new APIs available for developers.  People with iPhones and iPod Touch devices can upgrade for free on June 21st.

UB.com Prepares for the WSOP 50 Package Special on June 20th

What better way to celebrate the upcoming World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event than by playing in it!  There aren’t a lot of qualifier tournaments left, but the Mac-friendly online poker site UB.com has a 50-seat satellite event running on June 20th.  The $530 buy-in tournament will take place at 16:00 ET.  The tournament is guaranteed to qualify a minimum of 50 online players to the $10,000 buy-in Main Event in Las Vegas.

If you win one of these prize packages, you’ll receive a $12,000 prize package that includes the $10,000 buy-in and $2,000 to use for travel expenses.  The site has also plugged the opportunity that you’ll be hanging with UB pros if you make it out to Las Vegas.

On top of that, all players who qualify through UB.com are entered into the “Show Up, Get Paid” progressive prize pool that is now at just over $500,000.  All UB qualifiers who turn up to play and wear the UB logo will share this cash bonus.  Super satellites are available to the 50-package guarantee starting at $3, $5, $10, and $25.  There is also a last chance $66 buy-in 100-seat super satellite guarantee at 13:00 ET on June 20th.

PartyPoints Boost Returns

Players on PartyPoker are enjoying a promotion that will run starting June 1st to reward time spent at the tables a lot more.  To participate, simply log into your Party Account and opt into the PartyPoints Boost promotion.  Earn PartyPoints on PartyPoker as you normally do and if you meet the requirements detailed in your account before August 31st, you’ll release a boost.  The PartyPoker loyalty program offers rewards including the equivalent of up to 40% rakeback for the top members.

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