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Apple Byte: Wait for the next MacBook Pros
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Apple Byte: Wait for the next MacBook Pros

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Everyone's been asking us if they should buy a MacBook Pro; new goodies are announced at the Mobile World Congress; and the official Steve Jobs biography is on its way.

[ Music ] ^B00:00:07 >> What's up? 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 show. Now, I've been swamped with emails over the past few weeks from people asking if they should buy a MacBook Pro or not. The quick answer is to wait, but here's what you guys should know. Apple's MacBook Pro lineup is due for a refresh this quarter. It normally gets an update every 200 days or so. The last refresh was in June, and that's over 250 days since the last update. A Geek Bench report for a MacBook Pro using the recently announced Intel Core I-7 chips was leaked and published online, which also points to new models potentially coming soon. Recent reports from multiple sites show a dummy product placeholder in Best Buy's inventory, which could be preparations for the iPad or MacBook Pros. My last Best Buy source didn't really pan out, so this isn't really the strongest indicator, but with no new software or hardware announcements at the beginning of 2010, the time is right for new MacBook Pros, so be patient, if you can, and just wait for it. ^M00:01:04 Now the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain just wrapped up, and even though Apple had no presence there, they were still a big part of it. Apple CEO Steve Jobs won the title for Mobile Personality of the Year. It was created for the 15th anniversary of the show, and S.J. made sure he wasn't there to pick up his award. Now, in other news from the show, the Windows Phone 7 Series is coming this year. Thanks for the ridiculous name, Microsoft, but I'm genuinely excited for its slick, Zune-like interface and features. Come on, these demo videos also have me drooling. Now, if you want more demos, Wired recently showcased their tablet app, and this plain and simple got me giddy. It's an Adobe Air app using the same in design files that are used to create their killer magazine. This was not CG-ed. It's the real thing. At the Mobile World Congress, Adobe announced its packager for iPhone tool that will allow flash apps, including Adobe air apps, to run on Apple's mobile devices. Would you like to read Wired like this on your iPad or future Android devices? Yes, please. ^M00:02:05 All right, we haven't had one of these for a while, but we're bringing in my good buddy, Donald Bell, with the tip for syncing your iTunes library. ^M00:02:12 [ Music ] ^M00:02:14 >> Hey there, I'm Donald Bell for CNET.com, and today I'm going to show you how to sync your iTunes libraries between multiple computers in your home using a new feature in iTunes 9 called "home sharing." It's a great solution for those times when you buy an album or a TV show on your computer, then your wife or kid wants a copy on their computer, too. It also comes in handy if you have a laptop and a home computer whose music collections have branched apart, and you'd like to get them back in sync. The first step is to make sure all the computers in your home are running iTunes 9 or later and are connected to the web through your home router. Next, find the first computer you want to share from, and select the home sharing icon in the left window of iTunes. If you don't see an icon, go into the advanced menu of iTunes and select "turn home sharing on." In the main window, you should see a place to plug in your iTunes store login and password. After hitting "create home share," repeat these same steps on the other computers in your home. ITunes only allows a maximum of five computers to be authorized, so if you're managing more than that, choose carefully. After you're done, you should see each of the other libraries appear in the left window of iTunes. From here, you can browse and play any of the files, and best of all, you can transfer content out of one library and into another. To quickly see just the contents you don't already have, use the menu in the lower left corner to filter out the duplicates. You can also use the settings button in the lower right corner to automatically transfer any new iTunes store purchases between libraries. Automatic syncing works only with iTunes-purchased content and applies to purchases made after the setting was switched on. So old purchases will still need to be transferred manually. So that's home sharing in iTunes 9, a feature that makes it much easier to distribute your iTunes music and videos across all the computers in your home. For CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell. ^M00:04:07 [ Music ] ^M00:04:10 >> Thanks, D.B., but after using this and finding your entire collection of Celine Dion and Enya songs, I quickly disabled the feature. All right, let's check out some quick bytes. Apple's stepping up their game with an extended warranty repair program for customers experiencing hard drive issues who bought a white or black MacBook between May 2006 and December 2007. After I ripped them a new one last week, it's nice to see Apple's taking care of us, especially when I have one of those laptops. And we don't get too many looks into the life of Steve Jobs, but the "New York Times" says El Jobzo [phonetic] will be working in cooperation with the former managing editor of "Time" magazine, Walter Isaacson, on an authorized biography covering his entire life. Now, there are plenty of unauthorized bios on Steve Jobs, like, "Icon." It was actually that book that caused Steve Jobs to pull all titles from his publisher off Apple's store shelves. Yep, it's good to be the king. ^M00:05:04 [ Applause ] >> Thank you. ^M00:05:05 >> All right. That's gonna do it for this week's show. Send me your emails to the Applybyte@cnet.com. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching, and come back next time for another byte of the Apple. ^M00:05:14 [ Music ]

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