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Tech's new top dogThe Big A overtakes Microsoft; all signs point to June for the next iPhone, but will Apple release multiple versions? And a giveaway that will score big points with the ladies.
[ Music ] ^m00:00:05 >> So Bryan what you got going there? >> Oh hey, what's going on? Check this out. So I have these magnets and they're like apps and I'm arranging the apps the way I want them to be on my iPhone. >> Cool man. Don't you have work to do? >> No, I'm on my lunch break. Now if I go over the app store down here... I have the entire line of blue. >> So I'll tell you what, why don't you keep working on this... >> OK. >> I'll be over here talking to some girls. >> Girls? ^m00:00:37 [ Music ] ^m00:00:43 >> What's up? Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Byte for all the good and bad inside the world of Apple. Now I can promise you I will not be making out with any Apple products this week, so let's get to the show. Apple is officially no longer the underdog. Earlier this week Apple passed Microsoft in market capitalization for the first time in their storied history. It's been going back and forth now, but at the time of the show Apple's market cap is around 226 billion dollars, just edging Microsoft, and it also makes them the 2nd largest U. S. company by market cap behind Exxon Mobile's 282 billion dollar value. The big A now is really the big A, and unfortunately they've been acting like it a lot more and more. Now in iPhone news, according to the Boy Genius report A T and T has confirmed to it's employees that the next gen iPhone will be available to purchase in June, and they emphasize it will not be late June. So start saving if you haven't already, because any U. S. customers even thinking of killing their A T and T contract for their 3GS might want to think again after A T and T recently up'ed their earlier termination fee from 175.00 to 325.00. They hurts daddy! Now in recent DIGITIMES article, it claims Apple has been working on multiple versions of the next iPhone. The weak iPhone we all know about was known as the N90, but according to them Apple's been working on another product codenamed N91 that more closely resembles the iPhone 3GS in case there were any issues or delays with the new casing, the display resolution, digital camera, and other modifications. And then another downer for Verizon, iPhone hopefuls because we keep piling them on. DIGITIMES claims Pegatron will build the CDMA based iPhone, but it will not enter mass production until at least the second half of this year, if not 2011. 2011, add some more, your time out 2012... and yeah it just keeps getting worse for you guys. Alright let's take a look at the app of the week. ^m00:02:44 [ Music ] ^m00:02:47 Now the app of the week is the wired magazine app for the iPad. I've been hyping this thing up and showing you snippets, but this lives up to the hype. It was delayed and rebuilt in objective C after Apple banned any flash based apps, or software converters, but the partnership between wired and adobe has given us the best digital magazine we've ever seen. Now there are fully interactive animations. There's also panels that you can change depending on what you select, and there's multimedia clips integrated into the experience. Now the best part about this magazine app is that the text is always readable, and the page layout rearranges itself if you're reading in portrait or landscape mode. Many other magazines on the iPad are PDF based, and that format is natively different from an iPad, so you'll have to press an option to read the text separately, which takes away from enjoying the article. But not on this one. The wired magazine is truly made for the iPad's dimensions. It's 4.99 per issue, and I'll be the first to admit that's really pricey. But Wired says they will offer a subscription option in the fall, and this is really an achievement for digital magazines, and as you can tell I like it a lot. Alright moving onto some quick bytes. Apple's back to school deal has returned, so if you're looking to get a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or an iMac, you can get up to 200.00 off the computer and an 8 gig iPod Touch for free when you buy them together. And it's perfect timing with the latest upgrades from the laptop line. Now we compared VMware and parallels in a past episode for running Windows on your Mac, and the big knock on VMware was it's sluggishness. But they've released an update which claims to give you 35 percent faster app performance, and 3D graphics with 5 times the speed. And also if you were curious about those magnets we showed off in the beginning of the show, they were called the app magnets and you can get them from Jailbreak Collective.com. It's a set of 18 for 12.99 and each of these epoxy tiles are reminders of the icons on your phone. And guess what? I have 1 set to give away. So all you guys have to do is send me an email to the Apple Byte at CNET.com. Tell me your favorite icecream and I'll pick a winner. And I'm sure there are people trying to find a way to still carry their iPads around with them. Well it looks like iClothing has a solution for you with the iTee and iDress. Now these high end models showcase how this will change your life, but in the fashion world they just call that a very large pocket in the wrong place. And I couldn't even find a bad Apple that looked worse than that shirt to throw out here. Alright, that's going to do it for this week's show. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching, and we'll see you guys next week for another byte of the Apple! ^m00:05:27 [ Music ] ^m00:05:31 >> So I'm going to take this one. I'm going to move it right there. >> Wow! >> Like that. >> What are you going to do with this one? >> That one? I don't know. I'm going to take this one, light it... >> Yeah, wow! >> Like that? I know you do.