Apple tablet rumors galore!We'll get you up to speed with the latest gossip; iPhone 4G rumors heat up; Apple retail takes you outside; and we learn about the Date Check app.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:07 >> Brian Tong: What's up? Brian Tong here, and we're back from CES 2010 with all the good and bad inside the world of Apple because trust me, it's really not that easy to get rid of us. Now, there's been plenty of Tablet news over the past two weeks so let's get everyone up to speed with some of the latest details and rumors that you may or may not know. Now, the boy genius reports recent source claims the latest Tablet slated to be announced by Apple on January 27th, you like how I did that, is an iPhone on steroids. Runs on the iPhone portal with multi-touch gestures that are out of control powered by a ridiculously fast arm processor believed to be developed by PA Semi, who Apple acquired two years ago. We've also heard talk about a front-facing camera, but Jerry Fireball's John Gruber says for what it's worth, I'm hearing there is no camera, webcam, or otherwise on the Tablet. Now, Reuters reported the Apple Tablet will have an aluminum casing which will start production in February pointing to a second-quarter launch for the product. TG Daily reported rumors from CES 2010 that Apple has pre-ordered all 10.1-inch LCD and OLED screens from Asian suppliers making them non-existent for other companies. There have been a few instances in the past where flash memory was in short supply when Apple was ramping up for iPhone production. So this follows that trend. We also haven't seen any recent iPhone OS builds because it's believed there's too much Tablet-related code and references in the OS. So the big "A" is holding back to prevent any leaks. Now, we know it's easy to get caught up with all the rumors. So what can you really believe about the impending Tablet that casts a shadow over CES? Absolutely nothing until Apple tells us on January 27th, which reminds me, I don't have an invite yet. Maybe it's because they've seen this show. [laughs] OK. Well, now the Apple Tablet can't be stealing all the rumor headlines. The "Korea Times" claims the next-gen iPhone will have an OLED screen, video-chat capabilities, and a removal battery with dual-port processors, more powerful graphics, and a better camera. Apple Insider recently reported that Apple starting purchasing significant quantities of LED camera flash components. So a better camera and image quality makes sense, but I'm going to file this under sounds way too good to be true because in the tech world, start a rumor, get your name in the news, and it seems to work. Even on this show. [laughs] OK. Let's check out our iPhone app of the week. [music] Thanks to CES, we sometimes find a diamond in the rough. Check out the free Date Checkout from Intellius. If you meet a new person, it allows you to enter in their phone number or their first name, last name, and state they're from to get some basic background information. Find out their criminal record, your capability, the value of their home, who they live with, everything you need to know to make a decision about someone before you meet them. Right? Well, how would this work in the real world? Has there been that certain someone you can't get their number? Woo hoo. Over here. [laughs] Got you again. ^M00:03:07 [ Music ] ^M00:03:12 >> Brian Tong: Don't be a wuss. Just ask for it, you dummy? >> Brian Tong: Can I get your number? >> OK. >> Brian Tong: Well, you know. I've been trying so hard - >> I said OK. OK. >> Brian Tong: What? Really? >> Yeah. >> Brian Tong: OK, go. >> Brian Tong: See. That wasn't so hard. >> Brian Tong: This is awesome. >> Yeah. >> Brian Tong: Yeah. Dude. Dude. I've got her number. [inaudible] Really. [inaudible] her number. It's nice, man. >> Brian Tong: Now, before you do anything, you need to see what's she really about on Date Check. >> Brian Tong: OK. So it says that she's a Libra, which is exactly the opposite. >> Man, who cares? Who really pays attention to that? >> Brian Tong: She lives with her parents. >> So do I. That's - >> Brian Tong: Whoa, whoa. Twenty-five criminal records. >> That is so hot. >> Brian Tong: If everything looks good to you, make that call. >> What are you waiting for, man? Give her a call. >> Brian Tong: OK, OK. I'll call her. I'll call her. >> Do it. >> Brian Tong: OK. Hello. OK, OK. Before you say anything, you know, I saw the criminal records. I don't, I don't care about that. I think that you and I should go out sometime. >> Brian. >> Brian Tong: Hello? >> Brian. >> Brian Tong: What? >> Hi. >> Brian Tong: You know what? Probably dialed the wrong number. >> I'll send an alarm. Happens all the time. >> Brian Tong: I'm going to try again. >> Brian Tong: So, maybe that didn't work out the way I wanted, but you got the idea. Alright. Let's check out a few quick bytes. The "San Jose Mercury News" reports Apple is planning to build a new prototype retail store in Palo Alto. It's design is proposed to be transparent at ground level with skylights above for natural light and trees growing inside. The idea is that the street or sidewalk is part of the store's interior so a person is already in the store before even entering it. It's kind of, like, hey, you know, I'm walking down the street. What a, what a great day. The sun is out. Oh, my God, I'm in an Apple store. It's the future of retail. Just trick them into the store. Now, if you're looking to get some press, why not offer a reward for legitimate information about the Apple Tablet? Valleywag is doing just that offering anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 for photo or video verification of the Tablet. Well, you can call this contest over because I have the Apple Tablet right here, alright. Let's check it out. So it's featuring a 10-inch touchable glass display. A full, sturdy QWERTY, a full-size keyboard in an all-in-one nice form factor. You also have this headphone jack so I could, you know, listen to music. Sounds good, and it can be used in the vertical or horizontal position. This future, and you can make that check out payable to Brian Tong. Alright. That's going to do it for this week's show. Thanks for watching. E-mail us at the Apple Byte at cnet.com, and we'll catch you guys next time for another Byte of the Apple. ^M00:06:00 [ Music ]