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More pieces to the iPhone 5 puzzleA leaked iPhone 5 picture, new iOS 5 features, and more are painting a clearer picture. Plus, we meet the Iron Chef: MacBook Air.
What's up! Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Byte. It's everything inside the world of Apple. Now, September is here and many of you are waiting for an official iPhone 5 launch date and there's been plenty of rumors throwing early to mid-October around and none of my retail sources even know yet but there are pieces to the iPhone 5 puzzle that are coming together. Now, you might not like sushi but you will after this picture which is believed to be the first test photo from the next iPhone. Pocket now says the photo claims to be taken by an iPhone 4 and the EXIF data shows that the picture has been cropped to just over 5-megapixels. But, the original picture was just under 8, the rumored size for iPhone 5 photos. Now, the camera has a fixed 4.3 millimeter lens with an f/2.4. Translation, that's closer to a point-and-shot and better than the current Apple phone. And, you know why this picture is legit? Well, the GPS data places it at Apple's campus and once it got out on Flickr, they took down the picture. Smart move, guys. Now, iPhone 5 cases are also floating around everywhere in China for sale and historically, these cases have been pretty accurate. Am I see gadget has build a gallery featuring all of them and if this comparison with the iPhone 4 is accurate, it will be a thinner, wider, and longer phone that's as thin as the iPod Touch with a teardrop-like shape design and a mute switch that's move to the opposite side. Plus, there's still rumors about the form factor that's similar to the iPhone 4 with a slightly larger display which could be the 4S, the 4G, or the MSG. Now, if you're looking for more tasty McNuggets, DigiTimes report that suppliers are ramping up for full production capacity of the new iPhone with Foxconn already producing 150,000 phones a day. They say shipments are set to reach 5 to 6 million units in September and over 22 million for the fourth quarter. And, in some cool iOS 5 news, 9to5 Mac reports Apple has seeded certain mobile carriers with a "near-final" version of iOS 5 with FaceTime over 3G active for testing and it also include Nuance Dictation speech-to-text feature that Apple desperately needs and acts almost identically to the Android demo video. Alright, let's take a quick break and show you a how-to for creating your own Lion Recovery Disk. Hey, guys! Brian Tong here with cnet.com and Mac OS X Lion users might be happy with how easy it is to download the Lion through the App Store but there's no need to purchase and install a disk from Apple for $69 bucks and there's been no way to create a physical recovery disk until now. Apple has made their own Lion Recovery Disk Assistant that's available to download for free at the link you see here. You'll be able to create your own physical recovery disk. It's just over Meg and requires you have Lion running with a recovery hard drive partition, which is set up by default. Now, first stop, insert a USB thumbstick or external disk drive with at least 1GB of storage to your computer running Lion. Run the Lion Recovery Assistant, and it will create the recovery disk for you in a few minutes on that drive. So from now on, you'll have a Lion Recovery Disk. And if you need to restore your computer in the future, first plug in your disk drive then power up your Mac. On Start Up, hold the Option key and a screen will appear that allows you to select which drive you want to boot off from. So, there you have it. I'm Brian Tong for cnet.com with your Recovery Disk How-To that will save you from potential headaches and more importantly, save you some money. Use it wisely. Wow! That has really been working out lately if you can tell. Alright, thanks for the tip and let's get back to the show. CEO Tim Cook put his first stamp on Apple recently with the announcement that Apple will now match charitable contributions up to $10,000 for employees annually dollar-for-dollar. Steve Jobs has not been known to donate publicly but has done so privately and Apple's corporate philanthropy programs in 1997. So, this is a nice change to the company. Alright, to the quick bites, Apple has already proposed their UFO Campus and is planning moving forward but it won't be the only one after Apple told the current Cupertino Mayor that they will begin planning on a third Apple Campus after UFO one is completed some time in 2015. Great! So, now the aliens will really know where to land when they want to take over. Alright, in cool toys, Atari is planning its own joystick controller for the iPad called the Atari Arcade-Duo Powered Joystick because, you know, duo powered sounds so cool. Its advertises are coming soon with no pricing available yet but we can't wait for this. And, we will leave you today with a story from the files of when people have too much money and time. Thanks to the magic of YouTube, some idiot decided to showcase his culinary skills with a MacBook Air by slicing pieces of lettuce and how about deveining a shrimp because that's really smart and sanitary and, of course, slicing an apple. Seriously, you know, there's only one thing that you should be doing with an apple and it's biting it. Alright, that's gonna do it for this week's show. Now, check this out. Let's have a nifty new mailbox. So, send me your comments right in here to the firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>. We'll read a few of them next week. I'm Brian Tong, thanks for watching, and we'll see you all next time for another byte of the Apple.