Apple Byte: iPhone 6 rumored to be thinner thanks to new display tech
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Apple Byte: iPhone 6 rumored to be thinner thanks to new display tech

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The latest iPhone 6 news and rumors, the iPod touch gets a refresh and your iPhone can talk to a ring and a skateboard.

[MUSIC] What [UNKNOWN], Brian Tong and welcome to the Apple Byte for all the good and bad inside the world of Apple. We've got a few iPhone stories as usual, and some fun ones as well so let's get into it. The China Times says Apple's new backlight component will only use one brightness enhancement film, instead of two that's been used in the past. Now this could reduce the size of the LCD and help create the thinnest iPhone today but it will allegedly also make manufacturing more difficult. And we've heard about early manufacturing constraints and reports. Also the latest from Digi Times says that Samsung has received orders from Apple to be the first to manufacturing their A9 processor using its 14 nanometer process with volume production. Set to ramp up in the next year. Now Intel and TSMC have also been named as potential partners but we're still waiting for the A8 to make it into this year's devices so the A9 is still a long ways out. And if you're not blown away with the progress of Siri, you're not the only one. A report from Wire says the big A is now forming its own in house speech recognition team. To power the next-gen series. iOS 8 will still run the current evolution with additions like saying, hey Siri at any time which means she's listening all the time and build in Shazam song recognition. Maybe they're finally working on my day one complaints because it still hasn't made any major improvements with its speed or accuracy. And since I'm not in the best of moods, we can talk about Apple killing Aperture. It was a product that never really, truly caught on with professionals, maybe because its last update was in 2011. That probably has something to do with it. Not Apple mentioned their new photos app at WWDC and it looks to replace it allowing you to import your Aperture library. And maybe third party extensions really seems like the most exciting edition. But photos isn't only replacing aperture. It's also going to replace iPhoto. So, it's basically an iPhoto pro and we saw how that worked out for final cut Pro X. Out the gates. I might take this back when I see it, but right now this smells like a bad apple. Aah. Alright on to the quick. Apple has a tun of new partners from the Fiat Chrysler Group for car player support including Chrysler, Dodge Fiat, Jeep Ram and Alfa Romeo. Mazda is also on board as well. And Apple refreshed the iPod line with the new introductory level iPod touch this week. In the US and internationally starting at the lowest price of 199 for 16 Gig model, previously it was priced at 229, but there's no major upgrade here. And the Big A has launched their back to school promo for qualified education purchases. With a $100 Apple store gift card, with a purchase of a Mac or a $50 card with a purchase of an iPad or iPhone on top of your education discount. Now Apple continues to promote that. You could really do anything with your phone and I believe it after two new products have been launched. Now this one's for the ladies and some of you gents. I give you Ringly. It's a high-tech smart ring that can notify users of incoming messages, notifications, and phone calls. You can even set different vibration patterns for different notifications. It's an 18 karat gold ring with a semi-precious stone and a battery life of roughly three days with a pre sale campaign starting at $145 a pop. And even cooler. The Marbel Kickstarter has been funded for the with the world's lightest skateboard that lets you control it with an iOS app. It can speeds up to 20 miles an hour. It can travel 10 miles in a single charge, as well. This thing weighs 9lbs. And, I'm keeping my eye on it, because it says chick magnet all over it. Seriously. Alright, that's gonna do it for this week's show. We're working on an Ask Me Anything show, so all you have to do is send us your emails to theapplebyte@cnet.com or tweet me @briantong and you could be featured in our Applebyters. Q&A and really you guys you can ask me anything. Thanks so much for watching, and we'll catch you all next time for another bite of the apple.

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