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Apple Byte: A sneak peek at parts for the iPhone 5S?
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Apple Byte: A sneak peek at parts for the iPhone 5S?

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T-Mobile brings on the iPhone 5 with new features you won't find on other carriers. We get a peek at purported iPhone 5S parts, and Apple TV in 2014?

-What's up? Brian Tong here and welcome to the premier episode of the Samsung Byte. You guys asked for it and you got it. So, believe it. It's a show all about Samsung. On to the stories, and Samsung admits they are also getting it to the lucrative SmartWatch market this year. Come on, guys. Did you really believe that? Wait. Wait. Don't tell me you got April fooled. Busted. All right. Let's get to the real show. You guys, this is only the intro. What's good? Brian Tong here. It's the Apple Byte for everything good and bad inside the world of Apple. Let's get to the stories. And the big news this week is that the iPhone 5 is officially coming to T-Mobile on April the 12th. Now, some of you might be saying, big whoopee! But there are a few differences with the actual phone and T-Mobile's new no contract plans. Now, this will be the first phone to support T-Mobile's HD Voice. The quick impressions from our CNET crew say the audio is noticeably fuller and more natural sounding with cleaner audio, but you have to have 2 T-Mobile iPhones running on T-Mobile to take advantage on the feature. Now, LTE network performance speed was also very good. The phone itself is a tweaked version of the A1428 iPhone 5 model produced for other GSM networks like AT&T. And its supports advanced wireless services bands for T-Mobile's network. Currently, existing iPhones cannot be updated to add AWS Support. Now, the other part of this announcement is T-Mobile's contract-free iPhone plan that will no doubt save you money over a 2-year period and beyond, if you keep your phone that long. So, accessory maker ZAGG did a breakdown to show the savings, getting the carriers as close as possible to similar plans and fees. So, check this out for an individual will get a nice chunk of savings of $580 over 2 years with T-Mobile. But if you're on a plan with multiple people, friends and family, the savings isn't really there. So, it might only make sense to jump over to T-Mobile if you have solved coverage where you live, but it's a different way to try to bring back customers to the carrier in pink by slashing costs to you. Oh, slash! Slash! Yeah. See? That's how you fit the new Wolverine movie trailer into the Apple Byte. Now, in Apple 5 news, nowhereelse.fr reports that it has spotted parts for the next iPhone, including the home button for the iPhone 5S that has a longer and thinner flexed cable compared to the iPhone 5 with a different location for a connection. Now, the rumored fingerprint sensing doesn't look like it's incorporated into this part, if it is true. And the other part is claimed to be the vibrator for the next iPhone, attached to a flex cable. It also appears to support the volume button and mute switch along the side. It's also more compact than the 5's. That's right. It's gone to the point where we're talking about iPhone vibrators. Now, multiple analysts are still chiming up the next major product announcement will be in late June for the iPhone. There's also a new claim from RBC Capital Markets that the low-cost iPhone will not include a retina display at all which contradicts what we've been hearing up to this point. Conclusion- no one still really knows. Also, Digitimes has a new claim from their unidentified supply chain sources that Apple is working on a 4A Ultra HD television set that would have a resolution of 3840 by 2160. They also claim, like we've heard before, that it will support voice and motion control with a targeted launch late this year, but even more likely could be early next year. Now, 4K TVs are starting around $20,000 right now. So, this will be a great purchase for the average incoming earning household. And if you, the Apple Byters are feeling like the news has been kinda slow of late, you're not the only one, but we'll keep powering through this until things heat up in the summer. Just like that. All right. To the Quick Bytes. The Wall Street Journal reports Apple required indoor location company WiFi SLAM paying around $20 million for the firm. That's pocket change for them. The 2-year old startup has developed ways for mobile apps to detect a user's location in a building using WiFi signals and has benefits for indoor mapping or new types of retail and social networking apps. So, this may be one of the ways Apple hopes to beef up its location and maps. The Big A is also in court in China over a lawsuit that alleges they copied components of Siri's speech recognition. Shanghai-based Zhizhen Network Technology claims that Apple infringed on expanded Siri-like software from 2004 called Xiao iRobot. We'll see how things get settled, but let's take a look. And I see that spinning glow around the Mike logo and those whether results look nothing like Siri. Yikes! All right, guys. Let's gonna do it for this week's show. Keep sending me your tweets and emails to the applebyte@cnet.com. Make sure to prank your friends on April 1st. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching. We'll catch you guys next time for another Byte of the Apple. -Oh, no. Get the- -You're gonna [unk]- -You could do a little-

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