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Apple Byte: The iPhone 4S is here!
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Apple Byte: The iPhone 4S is here!

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Brian gets serious with Siri, Apple's iPhone 4S hit the streets, and we'll show you hidden nuggets in iOS 5

-Come on. I've been working all day. What's-- -Hey Brian, special delivery! -Dude! Dude! You know what this is? Oh my gosh, okay. -No. -This is-- Oh my. This is the iPhone 4S. -That's the 4S? -I've been waiting-- It's so-- -Really? -It's beautiful. -Brian, it looks just like the 4. -Yeah, but it has a faster processor. It has Siri. This is amazing. -Yeah, but it looks just like the 4. Enjoy that iPhone 4, Brian. -It's the 4S! -What's happening? Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Byte for all the good and bad inside the world of Apple. Now, the iPhone 4S is here. Apple launched a barrage of updates and I know there are plenty of you that probably haven't talked to a real person since then and I wouldn't blame you. The Apple store lines were not as long as normal and who really cares what the tech experts originally said with their lukewarm impressions. The 4S already established itself as the bestselling iPhone ever on launch day with over 1 million pre-orders. Now, those same experts are now giving it rave reviews and calling it the best iPhone yet. And it's true; a dual-core A5 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and Siri. Now, the biggest thing everyone is talking about is Siri. The Cupertino kids even threw in all these crazy responses that you can ask her just like a person such as-- -How many more years do I have to work on the Apple Byte? -Let me check that for you. -Why am I here? -I don't know. Maybe the genius bar folks can answer that. -Okay. Really? Now, I'm not one to judge, but maybe you guys should get out a little more, you know, talk to real people. You know, it's just a suggestion. Now that the iPhone 4S isn't the only thing Apple dropped on us. iOS 5 was released and it breathes new life into your previous phones. So, we've let one of our interns whose about to be let go to do the video with some major features and some nuggets that you guys could find. Hey guys! Brian Tong here with cnet.com with the official iOS 5 release from Apple. Its new core features have pretty much remained the same from our other previes videos, but there's plenty more to talk about, so we'll show you a few of the major ones and also dig a little deeper. Now, this video will not include a look at Siri, which is available only on iOS 5 for the iPhone 4, so look for a video once that's available, but the first feature that will impact you the most is notifications. Apple takes a cue from android here and you'll just swipe down from the top to see them, but improves on them with their level of control. In your settings, you'll be able to set the order for notifications display, also pick the alert style for the notification to appear as a banner that will go away, the standard on-screen pop-up or not at all; and there's a weather and stock widget included as well. Any Apple notifications can be set up this way. iMessage is Apple's own version of Blackberry messenger and it lets you send messages to your other friends using iOS 5 devices without using any text messages from your cellphone plan. Now, you'll see a blue bubble so you'll know you're using iMessage and you'll also get read and delivered message confirmations. Now, you can still send normal texts to none-iOS device users, but some people might be able to get rid of their costly text messaging plan with this feature. Also, iCloud integration is everywhere in iOS 5 and it allows all of your e-mails, contacts, calendars, and more to be synced across all your devices with iCloud enabled. Now, the sinking of media content is the slickest part. You can download a song on 1 device from iTunes and it will appear on the other. Take a picture on 1 device and it will show up on your photo stream synced from the Cloud in seconds on another device as well. Now, sticking with photos, the camera app has been improved. You can now get to it from the locked scream by double tapping the home button and you can also use the volume up button to take a picture on iOS 5. There's also some basic built-in photo editing to crop, rotate, auto enhance, and remove red eye. And Twitter fans will be happy with iOS 5 and Twitter integration everywhere. Log in your account info and you can tweet directly from your photos, maps, safari, and more. Now, another new app is find my friends that is similar to Google Latitude where you can let close family and friends know where you are if you want to. Now, one cool feature is allowing specific people to know where you are for a specific block of time that eventually expires. Also new is magazine apps with subscriptions that will now appear in your newsstand app. Though not all of them are compatible at the moment, but that will change soon. You'll also get reminders and there are plenty of third-party apps out there like it, but many users will like how it's integrated into iOS and you'll really be able to take advantage of this feature with Siri on the iPhone 4S. Now, there's still plenty of other features in iOS 5, but I wanted to give you an overview of some of the major ones. I'm Brian Tong for cnet.com and there's your First Look at iOS 5. Excellent stuff guide that wears way too many colors. Now, next week, you can look for our secrets to iOS 5 because who doesn't like secrets? Well actually, I don't especially when it's your ex has been cheating behind your back. In other news, Apple also released a few new free apps in addition to find my friends. Cards lets you send a physical greeting card that gets mailed right from your phone. Fellas, don't overlook this one. Trust me on this. This Apple will save your relationship and keep your girl around for at least another week or two then there's also the new airport utility that lets you directly manage your Wi-Fi network from your iDevice and change the settings. And for those of you who feel like the Apple TV has been getting no love at all, the new iOS 5 update now brings airplane mirroring from your iPad, NHL and Wall Street Journal content, a new way to browse movie trailers and a new iCloud photo stream feature. Unfortunately, not all has gone so smoothly with the iCloud and iOS 5 launch. Servers were hammered, leaving many people with unusable iOS devices for half the day; and the iCloud services, specifically mail, it was up and down since its launch; and when you can't get your e-mail, it really does feel like the end of the world, at least for people on Twitter. Now, things will improve. We get it. The servers were slammed, but with the large and growing numbers of iPhone users, maybe it's time to at least roll out future updates to people over a day or two in chunks as long as I can get it on the first day. Now to the quick bytes and sticking with the iCloud, you can now re-download your purchased songs and TV shows from iTunes, but what about movies? According to the L.A. Times, Apple is working on finalizing deals with Hollywood studios to allow movies to be streamed to their devices without manually transferring them. And music fans, we didn't forget about you at all. It's not just the iPhone 4S and iOS 5's time to shine. The Nano and the iPod Touch all received their subtle updates. The Nano, my favorite iPod to hate on, well it gets an improved interface will larger icons for easier navigation and then this pains me to say Apple embraced the atrocious Nano watch movement that I tried to kill and will now offer 16 different watch faces including Mickey Mouse. Now, the new Nano starts with a lower price of 129 for the 8 gig and 149 for the 16 gig. The iPod Touch brings more subtle changes, bringing a white version for all 3 storage capacities. It will be compatible with iOS 5 and it dropped its price to the magical 199 for an entry-level 8-gig model. Alright, there tons of stories we could have done, but that's gonna do it for this week's show. We want to know though one question from you. What do you want to ask Siri? What would you ask her and what has she said back? E-mail us at the applebyte@cnet.com and we'll ask her directly for you next week. And that's gonna do it for this week's show. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching and we'll see you guys next time for another byte of the Apple. -He's all excited. He opens the box just like-- -That's sweet. Is there anything else I can help you with? -So, what's your name? -My name? It's Siri. -This guy is 9 years old or what? -He's so in love. -Are you single? Will you marry me? What are you wearing? -Aluminosilicate glass and stainless steel. Nice huh? -Would you like to hug? Who's your daddy? -[unk] -Siri, what's the meaning of life? What is love? Can I kiss you? -Man! This guy needs to get out of the house. -No. What he needs is a girlfriend. That's what he needs.

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