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Apple Byte: The iPad Mini Retina rumors start early
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Apple Byte: The iPad Mini Retina rumors start early

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Just one week after record sales, iPad Mini Retina Display rumors have already surfaced. The future of the iMac is potentially transitioning to mobile processors. Plus, our prize giveaway!

-What's happening? Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Byte for all the good and bad inside the world of Apple. Now, we told you they'd sell a ton of iPads and the big A announced they sold 3 million iPads in the first three days. No, it's a combination of Minis and iPad 4s. Apple didn't reveal the breakdown, but it doubled their previous record of 1.5 million units sold for the Wi-Fi iPad 3 just seven months ago. Now, Tim Cook said they're practically sold out of iPad Minis, but not actually sold out. So, if you're one of the people holding out for a retina display iPad Mini, you're in luck. DoNews reports that AU Optronics, the company that currently supplies the 7.9-inch displays for the first-gen Mini, are already working on the display for the second-gen Mini and will reportedly have doubled the resolution at 2048 x 1536. Now, I think it's still a great product if you're willing to drop the cash on it. And guess what? I don't have to lust after every Apple product. It can even fit in my pants-- -[unk] -Yeah. -comfortably. And who said the iPad Mini isn't a good size? It's perfect for The Guys at Soundman who already installed one inside the dashboard of a 2012 Volkswagen CC. Look at how it fits so perfectly. Okay, now, I'm getting one. I'm kidding guys. But one product I'm going to have my way with are the new iMacs that are expected to be available to order starting with the 21.5-inch model this month and then the 27 incher in December. But the future of the guts inside of the iMac could look very different. Bloomberg reports their sources tell them that Apple plans to one day abandon Intel chips and it will be mobile chips that eventually run inside its computer lineup. Bob Mansfield, Senior VP of Apple's new technologies group, is apparently leading the chip research and the article says Apple has ambitious plans for the future with their desktops, but Apple will still continue to rely on Intel for at least a few more years. Another thing you probably still won't see on an iMac, Blu-Ray. In an interview with Time, Phil Schiller said native Blu-Ray support will likely never come to the Mac. Its Blu-Ray alternative is iTunes. And Blu-Ray comes with complex issues that make it a not-so-great technology according to Schiller. Now, all he really had to say was, "Hey Dummy, we can't fit a Blu-Ray in our 5-mm thin iMac." All right, guys, an iOS news, Apple has released iOS 6.1 to developers. One of the new features will allow you to now get movie tickets through Siri using data and information from Fandango which is pretty sleek. Now, there aren't any other major new features here, but some behind-the-scenes improvements to Maps let developers search for map-based addresses and points of interest as well. Now, we all know Google is still developing their own Map app and they plan on submitting it to the Apps Store later this year according to the Guardian. It took a long time for their Google search app to get approved and we'll see how or if Apple approves Google's app since Maps can already be accessed in Safari and it's a direct competitor to Apple's own Maps. We also told you guys to expect the Microsoft Office for iOS in 2013. The Verge is officially reporting that it will come in early 2013 and included a few small screen shots that will allow users to have basic access to view offline documents on the go, but if you want editing capabilities, you'll need a paid Office 365 subscription. All right, onto the quick bytes, we know about Apple and Samsung. Yeah, they've had their beef, but it was VirnetX that was able to pull off what Samsung couldn't. A Texas judge ruled out Apple's FaceTime function for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad infringed on 4 VirnetX patents and Apple has been told to pay $368.2 million in damage. VirnetX also is planning on seeking an order to block further use of its inventions, which really means they want more money in a settlement. And in a great way to pay tribute to the late Steve Job, Pixar headquarters recently named their main building in honor of SJ. It was Jobs who invested $10 million to purchase Pixar from Lucasfilms in 1986. The animation studio was then later sold to Disney for $7.4 billion. All right, guys, let's wrap things up with the give away that may not be for all of you, but, you know me, I'm a huge NBA fan and I have some of the craziest dribbling skills and jump shots that you've ever seen. -I believe I can fly. I believe... -That's what I actually wear when I play. So, to celebrate the start of the season, I'm giving out five codes for the game NBA 2k13 on iOS devices. All you guys have to do is e-mail us at the AppleByte@cnet.com. Tell me who your favorite player of all time was, but don't say Kwame Brown because he's mine. But to make this even bigger, better, we're also giving away a copy of my favorite game NBA 2K13 for the Xbox 360 and one big daddy Dynasty edition for the PS3. So do something amazing with photoshop in the NBA to make me laugh and you might be the lucky winners. All right, guys, that's gonna do it for this week's show. E-mail me at the AppleByte@cnet.com and I will answer you. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching and we'll catch you guys next time for another bite of the apple.

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