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Cat versus iPadApple releases new MacBook Pros; Israel blocks Apple's tablet; and we'll show you how to take pictures with your iPad.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:06 >> Brian Tong: What's up? Brian Tong here, and welcome to the Apple Byte. It's all the good and bad stuff inside the world of Apple, and we told you to wait for the new MacBook Pros, and they are here. The MacBook Pro 15-inch and 17-inch models feature Intel's Core I5 and I7 processors, which allows for four virtual cores on the dual-core processor. Early performance tests from Gizmoto show performance gains of over 50 percent when comparing the new 15-inch 2.66 gigahertz Core I7 to the previous 2.8 gigahertz Core II duo. Now, our expert editor, Dan Ackerman, talks about the graphics card enhancements as well. >> Dan Ackerman: The big change is the graphics to taking that Infinion 9400 integrated chip and replacing it with a better-integrated Infinion graphic chip. That's the 320, and then on the 15- and 17-inch versions, they've gone to Intel's just built-in integrated graphics, and they're adding on top of that an Infinion F33, which is a great GPU. >> Brian Tong: For people wondering why the 13-inch MacBook Pros did not receive the new I5 and I7 processors, Steve Jobs responded to a 9 to 5 Mac reader's e-mail and said, "Far fast graphics and 10-hour battery life trump 10 to 20 percent faster CPU." Or maybe, SJ, you did that so people will have to move up to a 15 inch to get the new processors. I mean, think about it. Eleven ninety-nine for a 13-inch, or $2199 for a Core I7 15-inch, that's pocket change. Dan Ackerman chimes in with his final thoughts. >> Dan Ackerman: - Mac is still pretty much the same MacBook Pros that you know from last year. Still no HGMI's. Still no Blu-Ray options. Still no 3G option. And of course, physically on the outside, they look largely the same. Lots of upgrades on the inside, though. We're especially excited about those Core Series processors from Intel. I'm Dan Ackerman, and that is Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro. [music] >> Brian Tong: Thanks, Dan, and we'll be looking forward to more performance test [background talk] from the CNET Labs. >> Take the glasses off. >> Brian Tong: I know. I, I, I love the guy. I really do. He just gets me, gets me all juiced up. [background talk] OK. Love you, Dan. Now, there might not be an HGMI option on new MacBooks, but their mini display port now supports audio. Apple confirmed this with Ars Technica, and it makes it a lot easier to connect your laptop to a TV by sending video and audio directly through a mini display to HGMI adapter like this one from Griffin. Now, it's been a couple of weeks since Hurricane iPad blew through here, and we're still feeling the effects. Apple recently announced they have delivered over 500,000 iPads in its first week, and due to the strong U.S. demand, the international launch of their touchscreen baby will be delayed by one month until the end of May. So for all those people I met from other countries who flew to San Francisco just for the iPad, they were the smart ones. Or just really psychotic fanboys. But if you made the trek from Israeli, I got to feel for you. Custom agents have been told to prevent iPads from entering the country because they have not been given the necessary WiFi clearance to operate in Israel. WiFi standards are different in Israel compared to the U.S., and they require lower broadcast power levels, and according to haaretz.com, some people's iPads are being held in customs warehouses where they are charged every day it stays there. And it looks like it's going to be a long time until iPads are available internationally. Now, this is just a nasty situation, and until this gets resolved, on behalf of Israeli iPad owners everywhere, I'm throwing out the Bad Apple. Now, some of you might think the lack of a camera on the iPad is Bad Apple-worthy, but Tom Merritt has a fix for you. >> Tom Merritt: [music] One major complaint about the iPad - no built-in camera, but thanks to the enterprisingly Yusuke Nakazawa, those of you with iPhones can add a wireless camera to the iPad. Here's how. First, on the iPad, go to the apps store and search for the app Camera A. It's 99 cents. So this whole thing has to be worth a buck to you. If it is, buy the app, download it, and install it. Then on your iPhone, search and download Camera B. This app is free since it's sort of useless without the Camera A on the iPad. Launch Camera B on the iPhone, then launch Camera A on the iPad. If all goes well, you should shortly see the view from the iPhone's camera show up on the iPad screen. Point the iPhone camera at what you want to photograph, and then press the camera icon on the iPad to take the picture. If you don't get a connection, make sure Bluetooth is on both the iPad and the iPhone, or make sure both devices are connected to the same WiFi network. [music] Enjoy your new camera on the iPad. Sort of. I'm Tom Merritt. CNET.com. >> Brian Tong: Thanks, Tom, but if I see any of you in public using your iPad and iPhone in tandem, I might have to kick you. Unless you're bigger than me. Alright. A video circulating around the Internet with a cat using an iPad. That's right. This five-fingered feline is in trance with a green squiggly line game. It's even navigating the menus, but really it's more like clawing at it, and also [music] playing a musical keyboard. I'm sorry, but this is disgusting. And on a personal note, I can't stand cats. They aren't really animals. They [cat screaming] scratch you because they feel like it. They aren't dogs, and [yelping] they shouldn't be using an iPad. And if you've got any problems with anything I just said, then let me know about it at the Apple Byte at cnet.com and bring it. You know. Bring it. Alright. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching, and come back next time for another byte of the apple. ^M00:05:35 [ Music ]