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Before I left on a business trip recently, I went out and spent some cash on a nice pair of noise-canceling headphones. At first, I loved the sound and was amazed at how it shut out the static around me. Problem was, they felt really flimsy and although they looked cool, they got uncomfortable quickly.

It made me wonder how many of our readers spend some decent cash on their headphones, or if they just use the pair provided in the box with their iPhone. So let’s put it to a poll: What kind of headphones do you use?

We should be finding out about the new iPhone any day now, but there’s been talk recently about AT&T and Verizon dropping the prices on the iPhone 4 in anticipation of the new model. This is nothing new, they’ve been doing this for years now. But it made me wonder about our reading audience. When do you all buy your iPhones? Do you stand in line on launch day, wait a bit, or scoop them up at sale prices? Let us know in the poll to the right.

When I worked at a local office, I used to walk to a nearby restaurant for lunch and watch a movie on my iPhone while eating. But now, I eat more at home or with a buddy, so the opportunity doesn’t really present itself to watch anything with the iPhone. What about you? Do you prefer to use the iPhone as one of your main video sources or would you rather watch video on something bigger like an iPad or regular television? Let us know in the poll.

A week or so back, I tweeted about a statistic I had seen online. The premise was that the average iOS customer spends around $150 on apps. At the time, I joked that I probably spent more than that in a few months, but then I started thinking about it. Frankly, it kind of festered in my head for a bit. Why does that number seem low to me?

So to get it out of my head, I decided to put it to a poll. Please select from the options on the right, and then we can check back on the results later to see how much our readers spend per year.

Last week we talked about syncing your iPhone, and that got me thinking about the current iPhone syncing situation in my close family. I’m a Mac guy, and my mother is a recent convert as well, so we both sync our iPhones to our Macs. But my father and my wife both use PCs to do their syncing, and I don’t see that changing anytime in the near future.

Conventional logic says that our reading audience is going to skew primarily to the Mac side of things, but I’m curious: Do you sync your iPhone to your PC or your Mac? Place your vote here, and check back often for the results.

We all know that iCloud is coming down the pike sometime soon, but for now, we’re still stuck with tethering our iPhones via USB anytime we want to put in an update or update our music. After writing about iOS 5 the other day, I realized that I maybe sync my iPhone once a month, and sometimes even less. That got me thinking: How often do you sync your iPhone?

Of course, soon this won’t be an issue, but it would be interesting to find out. Because if we skew towards not syncing, well then that makes Apple’s job easier by making the updates automatic. It saves them money on Geniuses, as well as fixing bricked iPhones because someone couldn’t update it correctly. On the other side, if we sync all the time then what does that say about us? Let’s find out, shall we?

Well, WWDC came and went and we still don’t have a new iPhone to hold in our hands. Of course, we knew going into the event that we weren’t going to see new hardware, but now the big question is, when is it going to happen?

Right now, one of the popular theories going around is that Apple will announce it at the annual iPod event in September, and that will be the new release date from here on forward. That sounds pretty good, but we’re not positive that’s going to be the case; Apple could definitely pull a switcheroo and announce it earlier or even later if they want, that way they don’t tick off anyone who bought a Verizon iPhone 4 new earlier this year.

So we’d like to hear from you to see if there’s a general consensus among the masses. When do you think the new iPhone will be released?

With all the new features that are popping up in both Lion and iOS 5, there’s a lot of speculation as to exactly where Apple got these ideas. A company that’s known for its innovation is suddenly being accused of being completely unoriginal and building off of the work of others without giving credit.

For instance, some say the new Notifications Center is a derivative of Teehan+Lax’s famous home screen concept. TUAW takes this conversation even further with a recent article that points out several new official features that Apple owes to jailbreak developers.

One of the most shocking stories published in this arena is a recent Cult of Mac article where a Cydia developer claims that Apple not only stole his idea for Wifi Sync, but even ripped off his icon!

The interesting counterargument to all this is that we see all these ideas and demand that Apple give them to us, then we they do, we fault them for it! After all, is adding a unified notification screen really such a unique idea that Apple shouldn’t try it because others have done so? That argument simply doesn’t seem sound and is definitely no way to keep your users happy.

So what do you think? Is Apple shamelessly stealing the ideas of others or are they doing an admirable job of giving users exactly what they’re asking for? Where is the line between the two?

This week we all watched as Apple unveiled its next round of amazing software products at WWDC. For you iPhone fans, there is a ton to be excited about. The next iteration of iOS is definitely the most major update yet and it brings about lots of great new features to drool over.

Today we want to know which new feature you just can’t wait to get your hands on this fall. They’re all pretty amazing but for some of us, a certain feature stands out as something we’ve been waiting far too long for. Which one is it for you?

After you vote in the poll, leave a comment below and let us know where iOS 5 disappointed you. Which new feature have you been waiting for years to see still hasn’t made it onto the iPhone?

Monday will bring about the opening of the always exciting Worldwide Developers Conference, an event hosted by Apple each year to show off the newest goodies that will keep our wallets empty for the next 365 days.

This year it would seem that Apple has quite a bit to be excited about. The topic that’s on the homepage of every tech blog is of course iCloud, which it would seem has gone far beyond myth and into certain reality. In fact, MacRumors is even reporting that the iCloud banners are already up in the WWDC venue!

Beyond that you can expect to see lots of talk about updates to both of Apple’s operating systems: OS X and iOS. The event is supposedly aimed primarily at software so we don’t expect to see anything iPhone 5 related, but anything could happen in those “one more thing” segments that Jobs is always sneaking in.

Today we want to know which announcement you’re most excited about. Are you ready to take your music to the cloud, finally see a decent notifications system in iOS or anxiously drooling over Lion?

Be sure to check back Monday for the scoop on everything new in the world of Mac, iPhone and iPad!

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