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Apple's iRadio service is coming soonMore iPad 5 cases flood the market, the next iDevice could have virtual buttons, and we talk the ultimate iPhone 5. Plus our Injustice: Gods Among Us giveaway!
What's happening? Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Byte for all the good and bad inside the world of Apple. We've got news plus a special superhero giveaway on this week's show. To the stories and more purported iPad 5 cases have made their way online this time from tactus.com, showcasing the mini inspired design that even includes a clear plastic mock up of the iPad 5. And gadget also posted their own photos of cases leaking out of Hong Kong, the gray case is the iPad 4 and the blue case is the alleged iPad 5 design. So, you can see the subtle difference in size with these pics and a possible thinner design. Now, that supports the CNET article with NPD DisplaySearch analyst that claimed iPad 5 may shed some of its thickness by trimming LED and supporting a thinner backlight. The article says they expect Apple to also shift to a film-based touch sensor, which will reduce thickness as well and the design could be closer to the thinnest of the iPad 2. Now, the general consensus is still a 30-quarter target date for its release. Also Apple's iRadio service is coming sooner rather than later after report from the verge claims the big A has reached the final stages of negotiations and is expected to sign its first internet radio licensing agreement with Universal Music Group. Now, Warner Music is also close behind according to their sources. You know, I'm just excited that apple has pretty much locked down Universal so I can listen to great artist like Carly Rae Jepsen. -Here's my number, so call me maybe. Hey, I just met you-- -Now, Tactus Sony Music Entertainment still aren't anywhere close to deal with Apple. So, I' sorry, R. Kelly fans, you have to wait. -Share my love, share my love with you. -Apple's initial lowball offer was 6 cents per 100 songs streamed or about half of Pandora's rate. But now, the report says Apple pay rates are nearly neck and neck with Pandora. All right, guys. Let's check out the app of the week. This week is not a new app but it's the new addition to the Facebook app. So, if you're not tired of the social network yet, you can check out its new messaging feature called Chat Heads that was announced for Android recently. It's now been added to the iOS Facebook app. You can get them by jumping into your messages or chatting with someone. Their Chat Head will appear and you can move them around on your screen, that's my favorite part. I also like throwing an annoying person way. Goodbye. Now, they also added stickers in for free for a limited time. Basically, it's a bunch of oversized the emoticons and it's coming to Android later. So, check out the update to the new Facebook app and the revamped iPad version as well. It's actually worth using now. All right, guys. There's some cool pen use. Apple's filed for a pen for flexible edge display that will be able to have virtual repurposing controls depending on what the user is doing. Translation, think of it as the sides of your phones could have touch sensitive areas that morph into different users like virtual buttons, switches, or schooling displays depending on what you're doing on the device. Now, they also showed an example of how virtual buttons could be activated on the edge display for gaming as well. Apple indicates the technology could be used in future i-devices, even MacBooks or wearable computers like maybe one that could go on your wrist. Now, Apple was also granted the pen for treating and managing iOS folders with the jiggle effect. You know the effect where it looks like your folders are dancing on J. Lo kinda like-- like this? Yeah. -Brian. -What? -Cool that you do that. -Man, damn, that's no fun. All right. To the Quick Bytes, long time Apple board member Bill Campbell said, at a recent town hall meeting that we should expect to see a lot of things going on with the application of technology to really intimate things. Now, use Google Glasses one example. The rumored iWatch could also be another thing but it kinda makes me uncomfortable to think about what Jabra might be working on. Also funnyordie.com, Steve Job's movie called iSteve is now available online. It stars Justin Long from the iMac ads and Hurley from Lost. But don't expect anything serious here. It's the longest video produced by the site at 80 minutes. The script was written in 3 days and took 5 days to film but I was only able to watch a couple of minutes and that's including skipping through. And finally, if you guys and gals have $15 million, what would you do with it? Well, if you're Joe, the Hong Kong businessman, you commission someone to craft the solid gold chassis just, you know, maybe add 600 white diamonds on it for decoration and take a 26-karat black diamond that has been in your family for generations and set it on the home button. Honestly, I'm not gonna hate. Congratulations, you know, that's an amazing phone and you'll still probably get lost using Apple's Maps. All right. Who cares about that phone if you didn't know I love. I love my video games and I'm having a blast playing Injustice: Gods Among us, where these top superheroes and villains in the DC Comics Universe just duke it out. This game is really a [unk]. So, my friends at Warner Brothers and at their own studios are hooking two of you, the Apple Byters up, with a copy of Injustice: Gods Among us. One for the Xbox and one for the PS3. All you have to do is tell me your favorite DC Comic Superhero and what specific power, ability or feature you like about them and why. And really come on, that we're the better. Super Puffs will save you. And I'll pick two of you and announced our winners next week. All you have to do is send your submission to the email@example.com or tweet me @BrianTong and if you already have the game, I wanna get your butt kicked by a pro. I'll be happy to do it for you. All right, that's gonna do for this week's show, thanks for watching and we'll catch you guys next time for another bite of the Apple. -Hey, not today. Not today. -[unk] went out. Just shut up. -Not today, Joey. No way. No.