Apple Byte: Google Maps comes back to iOS!
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Apple Byte: Google Maps comes back to iOS!

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Finally, Maps you can depend on. The Apple TV is in the early testing stages, more iPhone 5S rumors, and the new iMacs are coming to your doorstep.

-What's happening? Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Byte for all the good stuff, the bad stuff, and everything else inside the world of Apple. I'll be your tour guide plus the winners of our design by Humans T-Shirt contest, but first let's get to the stories and last week Tim Cook stooped the Apple TV fire rumors when he appeared on rock center for an interview and respondents of questions about Apple getting into the TV business. -And some market that we see that has been left behind. It's an area of intense interest. I can't see more than that. -So, Apple is getting into rabbit-ear antenna. I knew it. Now, few days later, the Wall Street Journal published an article about the Big A's development of their rumored TV set. It's a lot of what we've said before and the report that Apple still in the early stage of testing. It's also in the process of evaluating several TV set designs with components suppliers, and one of those suppliers is Sharp. Their sources also add the Apple TV is not considered a formal project yet. Translation, they are not even remotely close yet. Now, wouldn't you guys rather spend your saved up money on a bunch of Blu-rays like Disney's Secret of the Wings for your music. Now, during Tim Cook's chatty week, he also told Bloomberg that factories in the US will start handling some of the Mac production currently being handled internationally and production will ramp up in 2013. The Cupertino kids are investing 100 million dollars to produce Macs here in the US and analysts estimate it will create about 200 jobs. Now, speaking with desktops, the first batch of 27-inch iMacs have begun delivering to customers who pre ordered them. I'm still waiting for mine, but a report from VR-Zone claimed to show Intel's plans for its new 4th generation Haswell processors. There's a lot of numbers here, but these are likely to follow up to Ivy Bridge for Apple's next Mac refresh. Now, the top of the line CPU is the 3.5 gigahertz Core i7 processor with a 3.9 gigahertz turbo boost that might the next Mac Pro's BFF. Now, an Apple iPhone 5S rumor, yup, I said, Peter Misek, a Jeffries analyst, who has made up lots of Apple's stories in the past expects the next iPhone 5S to have a new super HD camera and screen, a better battery, and NFC Technology. He also makes up more things and says it can potentially have 128 gig of storage, a retina plus display, and my favorite, the 5S will come in 6 to 8 colors, sure dude. Now, let's just say, I won't even get into his iPhone 6 predictions. Alright, let's check out this week's app of the week. You know what it is. It's Google Maps now available for iOS on the iPhone. Legit and accurate maps have finally return from Google with a really clean interface. You'll also now get turn by turn voice directions in the app. The return of street view that works whatever way you hold your phone and for city people like myself public transit returns a well. It's really fast and responsive, but the 2 main drawbacks right now is that it's currently only for your iPhone and it doesn't integrate with your built in contacts, but it's still worth it and hands down. It's our app of the week, so go and get it. Let's jump in to the quick bites. Apple recently fixed an error and their Australia maps like coast police to issue a warning to avoid using Apple's maps earlier this week after the town of Mildura was placed 45 miles away from its actual location leading several motorist stranded in remote national park. Then their good old buddy Samsung made sure to capitalize with a marketing stunt that CNET Australia took pictures for us with the setup and the sign that says, "Oops, should have got a Samsung Galaxy S3." Also, Apple and Google have decided to make peace temporarily have teamed up to offer more than 500 million dollars to buy patents from Kodak that relate to capturing manipulation and sharing of digital images. Kodak has put them up for sale to fund a turn around with the company. Long live, Paul [unk] baby. And T-Mobile and Apple have agreed to sell products together next year in 2013, which is great for the carrier and people on T-Mobile that have been wondering when can they get to use an iPhone on the network without any work around. Now, it's not confirmed though if it's for Apple's entire line up for just its tablets and the report from Glassdoor that list the best places to work for every year greet Apple this year as the 34th best company to work for. Now, last year, they were 28th. Facebook was named number 1 for the second year in a row, but CNET didn't make their list, and I have no idea why. I can't hold this high shot anymore. -You need that shot, hold it. -I think it hurts. -Charlie, give him the buzz. -12 volts. -No, no, no. -Beautiful. Print it. That's a rock. -That's a thing of beauty. -Alright, let's announce the winners of our design by humans T-Shirt give away. I asked you the Apple byters to find your power animal. Unfortunately, not a single Asian person won, but congrats to Michael Bologini who's power animal was an eagle. Carlos Garcia on Twitter was a zebra. Gill Cabrera who was a unicorn; that's totally awesome. Andre Joseph's power animal was the ever so masculine butterfly. And Lynn Hyzor on Twitter who was a cougar, and I'm sure you are. Now, thanks for everyone who wrote or tweet it and remember you can still use the exclusive code Apple Byte at their website for 20% of all your T-Shirt purchases and it's good through the end of December. So, get one, so you know, we could be twins. All right, that's gonna do it for this week's show. E-mail us at the Apple Byte at CNET.com or tweet me. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching and I will catch you next time for another byte of the Apple.

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