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Apple Byte: The Apple tablet might be right around the corner

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Apple Byte: The Apple tablet might be right around the corner

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More information about a new Apple tablet, new iMacs and Mac Minis, and BlackBerry for Mac.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:07 >> What's happening? I'm Brian Tong and welcome to The Apple Byte. It's all the good and bad inside the world of Apple, so let's get to the stories. Now we haven't talked about it for a while, but new bits of information are coming together for Apple's rumored tablet, and here's what multiple sources are saying. iLounge is saying the new tablet will be announced by January 19th for release on May or June 2010 with a 10.7-inch touch screen running the iPhone OS. Their source is the same person who was right on the money with [inaudible] iPod Nano details. Now the gotta have feature, it will act as a slate-like replacement for books and magazines. Gizmodo has confirmed that Apple has even reached out to the New York Times and textbook publishers like McGraw-Hill to work on this project. Now you might be thinking an Amazon Kindle, but a color screen specifically formatted for a richer media experience that would include the ability to markup text and take notes, plus do everything else the iPod Touch does would be compelling. Now there's also talk of 3G flavored version that you can bet Apple has pitched to other phone carriers and one without a 3G connection. Just to let you know, none of these details are confirmed facts until we hear them from Apple, but we're starting to piece together a device that makes sense, and you know Apple would love to do nothing more than steal everyone's thunder right after CES 2010. And to add more fuel to the maxi pad fire, Apple recently hired former Newton developer, Michael Chow, he made the pitch for Apple to release the tablet device in the early 90s that was way ahead of its time. His role, vice president of product marketing, and I'm thinking he might come in handy. Now one area that's big and it doesn't need help, is with their app store. Apple reached a milestone when their 2 billionth app was downloaded this past week. To put the growth in perspective, it took a little more than a year for 1.5 billion apps to be downloaded, then Apple served up 500 million in just under three months. So you could probably guess the app store won't be slowing down any time soon. All right, let's shift a little bit, let's answer a question. George E. Colina [phonetic] asks a simple question, how do you transfer your iPhone music to a new iTunes account? I bought a new computer and I have all my music in my old one. Hey George, we've shown some of our viewers this video before, but you're not the only one who asked it, so check it out. >> Go to download.com or podtopc.com and download the software. Once you have it installed, launch the program and hook up your iPhone. It nagged me to visit its website every time I launched it, which was rather annoying, but a small price to pay for free software. The first time you'll launch it, you'll pick your language and get an explanation screen. Also, it will warn you not to have iTunes running at the same time as PodtoPC. Finally, you'll get the main screen which lists the play lists on your phone and an overall summary of what's on there. When you click on a play list, you'll see all the tracks in that play list. A gold star by a song indicates you don't already have it in iTunes. A blue checkmark means you already have it, don't worry about it. You also have another tab that allows video previews of any unprotected videos, that means stuff you didn't buy from the iTunes store, to transfer files, check off the boxes. You have an option to check all the tracks in a play list if you want to do it all in one go. Then go to Edit and Options, and you'll see that the files will be saved to your iTunes Music folder by default, but you can edit that if you want them to be saved somewhere else. When you're ready to get the files off the phone, press the big red Transfer button. As the files are being moved, a green arrow will appear next to them. Once the files have finished transferring, you'll get a notice of how many files transferred, I stop mine at four to keep this video short. It tells you that the play list of those tracks has been saved to your desktop. Now that's important. Using the play list is going to make it easier to add these tracks to iTunes, otherwise you've got to hunt them all down one by one and add the manual. Now close PodtoPC and open iTunes. Go to File, select Library, and then Import Play list. Open the play list. ITunes will add the new songs to the library, and they'll show up in the main library. And there you have it. Now you can get any file off an iPod or iPhone. You can also get PodtoMac, which does the same things for Macs, or Pod Photo Transfer which copies photos off an iPod or iPhone for you. >> And just to let you know, if this is an entirely different iTunes account like your girlfriend's, you still need to authorize that computer to play back your music by going to the menu bar then clicking on Store, and then Authorize Account, and entering in your info. Or just buy your music from Amazon and you won't have to do any of that at all. All right, let's jump into the quick bytes this week. Apple has contacted its third-party resellers that its iMac and Mac Mini inventory levels are constrained, and that means stores should not expect them to be restocked. My sources have confirmed it. So what does that mean for you? New models are probably coming in the next month. Now accessories for the iPhone can now prompt an automatic app store download if needed. Apple showcased third-party hardware support in its iPhone OS, and it looks like products like Griffin's iTrip FM Transmitter are now taking advantage of it. And we've talked about it before, Blackberry for Mac is out now, check it out, and all you Mac daddies can jump on it and let me know what you think. That's going to do it for this week's show. Keep sending your emails to theapplebyte@cnet.com, tell me how is that MMS thing working for you. I'm Brian Tong, thanks for watching and come back next time for another byte of the apple. ^M00:05:28 [ Music ]

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