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Apple's TV: The next big thing?Steve Jobs' biography reveals he figured out the television set and we'll talk about how Apple might tackle it. There's new MacBook Pro's to get excited about and another free prize giveaway!
-What's up! Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Byte for all the good and bad inside the world of Apple. Now, the Steve Jobs biography has had people flip in through the pages to find out what's next for Apple and if you guess designer turtle next, you're probably wrong, but if you guess Apple TV, you might be right. Now, on the book, SJ tells Walter Isaacson, I like to create an integrated television set that's completely easy to use. It would be seamlessly sync with all of your devices and with iCloud. No longer would users have piddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. It will have the simplest user interface you can imagine, I finally cracked it. And you can bet this reignited the Apple TV rumors and The New York Times claims the new interface that will get rid of clanky remotes will be Siri. The Times reports that Apple officials knew as far back as 2007 that they wanted to make a dedicated TV, and their sources also claimed a year ago that there were large parts floating around for Apple's prototype supply chain that look like they could be parts of an Apple TV as well. Now, it doesn't appear that standalone Apple TV still coming anytime soon, but analysts are guessing by the end of 2012 or 2013 relates. Now, the other way you might be able to control your TV could be with the use of hand gestures after a patent application from Apple was made public and specifically points to hands off control on devices like the iPhone and iPad without touching the device. Now, the goal is to minimize the needs to physically interact with these devices because of their smaller size, but we can also see this being applied to larger screens as well. Now, on other feature Apple product news, how could we not mention the iPad 3. CNET reports from sources that one of the biggest challenges for manufacturers is making a dense 10.1-inch screen with the retina display like resolution. Now, currently, LG and Samsung can get displays that are twice the resolution of the iPad 2, but the challenge is making large quantities to meet Apple's demands for product that's really a quantum leap and pixel density, and if they can't do it, we can all get excited with the iPad 2S. Alright, let's take a quick break and check out our iPhone app of the week. It's Halloween and everyone is carving pumpkin, so why not check out the carve a pumpkin app. It's free and you will pick a pumpkin. Choose to carve out a face and send a picture to your friends and trust me it's a lot better than embarrassing yourself. -Use up the pipe and done my pumpkin. -Wow, that's really good. Look, look at my Egyptian pyramid. -Why not a triangle, well, in my textbook in-- -No, that's a big sloppy isosceles triangle [unk], isosceles? -See, now, do want that to happen to you? Look, just check out the app and it's something fun during the Halloween season. Alright, Apple delivered some treats early this week with speed bumps of the entire MacBook Pro line, graphics card improvements for both the 15-inch and 17-inch pros, and larger hard drive capacity options on all models. Now, the form factors remain the same and it's an incremental bump, so the only people should be matter are the ones who bought one within the past month or so. Also Apple released updates to its iPad smart covers with interior colors that now match the exterior colors for the leather ones, and they replace, they throw up orange cover with a dark gray color. Alright, onto the quick byte, Steve Jobs' book is likely to be the top selling book of 2011 according to amazon, and when the book sells as well, usually a movie follows. Earlier this month, Sony pictures acquired the movie rights to Walter Isaacson's biography and the writer they are targeting is Aaron Sorkin known for writing the West Wing TV series, A Few Good Men, the Facebook movie, and most recently Moneyball. Now, Apple is expected to debut a new pilot program that will let customers purchase products from Apple's online store and pick them up in person at one of their retail stores. It will be limited to select stores and roll out to more locations later. So, look out for that, and finally, we have another Apple Byte give away for all of you, Our good friends at Griffin Technology will make tons of Apple accessories are hawking you up with these 2 really cute and soft floppy things called the Woogie 2. It's called the world's first huggable case for your iPhone and iPod touch and I'm not going to argue with them on that. Now, we have one blue and 1 pink one to give away, so send us an e-mail to the Apple Byte at CNET.com showing us how you would hug a Woogie if you or the kids you wanted for could have one and if you don't win, check out this online code for 15% off of everything at griffintechnology.com that's good throughout the middle of November. Alright, that's gonna do it for this week's show, thanks for watching, I'm Brian Tong and we'll see you next week for another byte of the Apple. -Triangle. -Okay, well, look, this was fun Brian. I got to go. -Wait, where're you going man? -Triangle.