Daily Apple: Suits, Mud, Gambling, The Future, Freedom, & Festivity

68% of Businesses To Allow Macs Next Year – According to one survey, up to 68 percent of 700 businesses polled say they’ll allow employees to use a Mac as their work machine in the upcoming year. Apparently, the main push is coming from employees who are “begging to use a Mac,” and not any effort on Apple’s part to promote enterprise adoption. Imagine what’ll happen if they decide to start trying.

Doesn’t Beat Sexy Lady Silhouettes – So you’re a tough guy, eh? I can tell by your huge truck. But how to show that you’re also tech savvy? Apple mudflaps, that’s how.

Spend Even More Money On Your iPhone – I know what the iPhone’s missing: I can’t gamble on it! Or rather, I couldn’t gamble on it. Now I can, thanks to All Slots online casino. Point your browsers here to start losing money.

Welcome To The Future. Here’s Your Standard Issue Touchscreen iMac Speaker Chair – The Sonic Chair, or future-styled sit-in speaker, can now include a touchscreen iMac. All you need is lots and lots of money to get one. Lots of money.

Apple Acknowledges Unlocked iPhones, Lists Carriers – Countries and carriers that offer the sale of authorized, unlocked iPhones are now listed on Apple’s own website. Roughly 40 of the 105 worldwide iPhone carriers offer the unlocked option.

Mac The Halls – Feeling festive? Here’s a sampling of some Apple-themed Christmas decorations, complete with paper ornament guides that you can print out and use to make your own. Might I also suggest finding a virtual Yule Log for the iMac? It warms the heart, but not the room.

Verizon to Power Qwest Wireless

In what looks like yet another blow to Sprint, Qwest said today it will resell/re-offer Verizon Wireless’ services to its customers in a four-play package. Residential customers will be able to choose wireless only and be billed directly by Verizon Wireless, or include Verizon Wireless service as part of a Qwest bundle with their home phone, Internet and video services and receive one bill from Qwest for all of them.

When I asked Qwest CEO Ed Mueller back in March if they would buy a wireless operator like Sprint, his answer was no. “All we want to do is partner with a national wireless player where we can rebrand and remarket their service to our customer base. We are ambivalent about the technology but we want a partner with retail presence,” he had added. The quid pro quo of the deal: Verizon and Qwest will partner up and bid for government contracts, a very lucrative business indeed.

Cox’s Wireless Plans Taking Shape

Cox Communications is one cable company that is wasting no time and embracing wireless. Cox’s wireless subsidiary, Cox Wireless, spent around $304 million and snatched up 14 Block A and eight Block B licenses as part of the recently concluded 700 spectrum auctions. Now, there is word that the company has given the contract to build the network to Chinese equipment maker, Huawei. UBS Research in a note to its clients notes that, Huawei is going to supply CDMA gear for a wireless network.

“Huawei won over the likes of Alcatel-Lucent and Nortel. Although we estimate this business at less than $100 million per year, we note that it marks a key stepping stone as Huawei looks to gain traction in North America,” UBS Research notes. A Cox spokesperson declined comment when I reached out to them. According to Cable Digital News, analysts believe Cox could use the wireless spectrum to build a wireless broadband network. Huawei is making gear that works on CDMA and LTE networks.

Other cable companies that won slices of 700 MHz spectrum include Vulcan Spectrum, an entity controlled by Paul Allen, who also owns Charter Communications. Bend Broadband of Oregon also snagged a Block B license. Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse Networks are rumored to be exploring a WiMAX venture with Sprint and Clearwire. Comcast recently hired Dave Williams, former CTO of O2, to head up Comcast Wireless, indicating that it is finally serious about wireless. A recent survey from Compete and Fierce Wireless shows that consumers will happily buy wireless service if offered by a wireline carrier or a cable provider.