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Apple Byte: Sneak peek at the iPad 5?
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Apple Byte: Sneak peek at the iPad 5?

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Pictures of the potential new iPad 5 body surface, BlackBerry aims directly at Apple, and reviews are in for the Steve Jobs biopic.

-What's happenin'? Welcome to the Apple Byte for all the good and bad inside the world of Apple. I'm Brian Tong, your friendly agent skunk who smells a whole lot better. Now, let's get to the show and we kick things off, get it, because of Super Bowl weekend. Well, alright. Well, the latest story is the first unconfirmed pictures from 9to5Mac of what's believed to be the rear shell of the next gen iPad 5. The photos do match up with the initial reports from iLounge of its dimensions and iPad Mini-esque beveled edge design that we've been expecting. Now, one reader even overlaid the purported photos on top of a current full-sized iPad to show the difference in size thanks to the rumored slimmer vessels around the screen. October is still the current target for the next release, but that could obviously change. But you guys want some real official news. Well, the Big A has announced that the 128-gig iPad 4 with retina display will be available for sale on February the 5th starting at 7.99 for the Wi-Fi version and 9.29 for the cellular version. Now, I'm all for more options and this storage sets a new bar for competing tablets to step up their game. But now, we're seeing incremental upgrades with the iPad New then 6 months later to the iPad 4 and now this new 128-gig model that we're calling the iPad New New New. And then the iPad New New New New that's coming in October, so it's just getting a little out of hand. Now, iLounge's latest report claims the rumored low-cost iPhone will be a mix of the iPhone 5 and the iPod Touch with iPod classic curves. Basically, it will look like an Apple-designed device. Now, they say it will be primarily constructed out of plastic with the device reportedly half a millimeter taller and wider, but also 1 mm thicker. That's just way too big of a phone. The report also says the sides and the rear will all be flat and connected by distinct curves, so we'll see. Alright, let's get back to reality and new schematics of what appeared to be the next gen Apple TV. Showed the device being half a centimeter smaller in a U.S. regulatory filing, but slow your roll. Apple has said it had to file new paperwork with the FCC following the change of one of its internal components that would not affect any of the product features. The component in question appears to be an updated A5X processor and an updated internal antenna according to AnandTech, but this will not be a brand new Apple TV. Alright. Let's take a quick break to show you 2 apps of the week. This week, it's all about the new social app, Vine, and the game, Temple Run 2. Now, Temple Run 2 is the sequel to get this Temple Run. It brings new graphics, new environment, new obstacles like this sweet sliding rope. Wee! More power-ups and a bigger monkey. Seriously. Now, the best thing about it is that it's free. Now, other app, Vine, is a new free social app that lets you create sharp, looping, 6-second videos and share them on your social networks. Just hold on the screen to record segments of video to create your masterpiece. See? We even made this one of the entire Apple Byte staff that just loves working here. You know, it's really great to be part of a committed team. So make sure your check out those apps. Now, Apple will finally have a new 3D rival after RIM, the company behind the BlackBerry phone officially changed their name to-- Can you guys guess it? Blackberry. Now, they launched their new phone called the Z10, which is BlackBerry's next gen all-new 4.2-inch touchscreen phone. It's a solid first entry and something BlackBerry fans will be happy about, but it doesn't really do anything different that stands out enough to make someone switch over to a BlackBerry phone at the moment in this very competitive market. Now, the Berry boys also announced the Q10, which still retains the classic tactile keyboard, and a smaller 3-inch touchscreen but it's expected to arrive later sometime in April. Alright guys, let's get to the Quick Bytes and an over-the-air update for iOS 6.1 is here if you hadn't done it already. Improvements include the ability to now purchase movie tickets with the help of Siri through Fandango. It brings new LTE carrier support internationally. You also might notice a revamped look to the player controls when you're using them with your screen locked. Also, the Big A recently fired one of her China-based labor suppliers after an audit found 74 underaged workers at 1 company. Apple reported it in their latest supplier responsibility report showing that they're actually making changes with their manufacturing relationships. Also, the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher was shown off at the Sundance Festival this past week to very lukewarm and middle of the road reviews. Our own Casey Newton saw the film and said it felt flat with the viewers spending 2 hours watching cardboard cutouts losing arguments to Kutcher. -Even if you were developing this for freaks like us and I doubt you are, nobody wants to buy a computer. Nobody! -How does somebody know what they want if they've never even seen it? -Now, I'm still willing to give it a try even those the teaser clip didn't really give me anything to get excited about, but online reactions range from he's no Noah Wyle to do "where's my iPad?" Now, Kutcher was so committed to the role that he decided to try going on the SJ all fruit diet, but it landed him in the hospital; and he said his pancreas level were completely out of whack. You know, it might have been a sign that no one can pretend to be Steve Jobs. Alright guys, now we ask you about Siri last week and a lot of you said you still talk to her. Thomas Miller says, "I use Siri regularly to set remembers, calendar events, timers, make calls, and do quick math problems." Thomas, 17 x 5 - 2 + 60 = 143. I love you. -Ooh. -Now, Tyler Chrislett says, "I try. I really try to use Siri, but it's not worth it. It's awkward in most environments." And Eduardo Lopez writes in with "I only use Siri when my friends are busy, so I talk to her." So, she's your friend. Alright guys, that's gonna do for this week's episode. E-mail us at the Apple Byte at and we'll answer your questions. Enjoy the Super Bowl weekend and you know the team to beat. I'm 49ers. That's right. We are goal blooded here at the Apple Byte. We'll see you guys next week. Touchdown.

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