Apple won't tell you iPhone 7 32GB models are 8 times slower than othersIt's everything you can expect at Apple's October 27 Mac event. Apple doesn't want you to know this about the iPhone 7 and our Kanex GoPower Watch winners!
What's up, Brian Tong here, and welcome to The Apple Byte for everything good and bad in the world of Apple. Let's get to the show, and its official, Apple has sent out the invites for their next product announcement on Thursday October the 22nd At Apple campus in Cupertino, just in time for the holiday season. Now we know that new Macs are coming. The invitation has a black background with some color explosions inside the logo and the title, hello again. And just to drop a little knowledge on you, hello was used by Steve Jobs to introduce the first Macintosh, back in 1984. And "Hello, again" was used to introduce the Bondi blue Imac in 1998. That was SJ's firs product announcement after his return to Apple. Now ya know. So, we've talked about some things we could expect with the revamped 13 inch and 15 inch macbook pros. A thinner design, an all new OLED touch bar, and support for USBC and Thunderbolt 3. Reports say Apple will be ditching traditional USB ports as well as MagSafe. You know, just one of their best power cord innovations ever! And Thunderbolt too as well. Nako Takara reports that Apple will be getting rid of the MacBook Air 11 inch. Discontinuing it entirely, but will keep the 13 inch MacBook Air around. Plus Apple's ultra thin 12-inch MacBook will still remain in the line up. It's about time we see a real refresh, because the MacBook Pro line hasn't seen a significant design change in over four years. That's right, cuatro anos. And I don't count the Retina pros as a signficant design change. We've still heard no details with other Macs. The Mac Pro, Apple's trash can, ash tray, tissue dispenser, Super Mario pipe inspired design. It hasn't been touched in almost three years, and the Mac Mini, has been over two. It's been a year since the last iMac refresh as well, but we'll see if we see any upgrades for any of these beyond just the normal speed bump stuff. And the one thing I am curious about, will Apple use this keynote as another moment to talk about courage. You remember. Courage, the courage to move on, do something new that betters all of us. And our team has tremendous courage [MUSIC] They did it with the iPhone 7. Are they really willing to make us use a freaking dongle with our laptop now for no good reason? See that's not called courage, that's called stupidity. But an Apple product announcement is always exciting, and this one is really one of the few ones, where we really don't know too much. And you can watch it all with our CNET live coverage, starting at 9 AM pacific time, before the keynote starts At 10 right here on cnet. But we still don't have a date for those Apple Air pods, and I know there are a lot of you that really want them. Some of you don't, so we should find out about them by the 27th as well. Now the iPhone 7 Plus in jet black has recently become widely available in In U.S. Apple Stores. But inventory drops pretty fast. Bottom line you have a better chance to get one now. Even if it's a scratch magnet. That even Apple recommends you get a case for it. But that's not as bad as compared to this. A handful of people using skins to protect their jet black iPhones for low profile protection have found that the text printed on the back of the device ends up. Transferring onto the skin when it's removed from the device. Say what? Yeah, the fine print doesn't completely come up, but it does become faded. And you see here clearly it transfers over. So jet black owners don't use skins for protection on your iPhone seven. Yeah, you know what that's a bad apple. But iPhone seven owners Buckle up for this one. GSMArena reported a couple weeks ago that the 32 gig iPhone 7 and 7 plus models had slower storage performance compared to the 128 and 256 gig models. So that's been confirmed after Unbox Therapy put it to the test. I found that they had close enough read speeds with the 32 gig model reading at 686 megabytes per second, and the 256 gig model reading at 856 megabytes per second. But then when it comes to write speed, it's not even close. 256 gig iPhone 7 wrote at 341 megabytes per second, and the 32 gig model wrote at 42 megabytes, nearly eight times slower. Now in a more appropriate real world test, a 4 GB movie file was transferred to both phones. The 256GB iPhone 7 model wrote the movie in 2 minutes and 34 seconds, while the 32GB model took 3 minutes and 40 seconds. The larger solid state drive typically performs faster than smaller ones, we know this, but it's a significant difference that was never brought up by Apple, who always loves to chat about their speed metric. And for all of y'all who aren't happy about this, on behalf of you we're throwing out another bad apple. [MUSIC] [LAUGH] Yeah. That's bad. All right in Apple Watch news a quiet update to Apple Site confirms that the Apple Watch Nike Plus edition will launch a day after the new Max keynote, on Friday October the 28th. It brings The standard aluminum casing, it's on perforated watch band, and specific watch faces and complications that you really can't get on any other model. They start $369 for the 38 millimeter and $399 for the 42 millimeter version. And if you were hoping that Apple could deliver your car for the future in 2020, we've talked about this. Think again. The team internally known as Project Titan has refocused on developing an autonomous driving system that gives Apple the ability to partner with existing car makers or incorporate it if they decide to design a car of their own. That's right, Bloomberg reports Apple has significantly scaled back its Apple Car ambitions that has led to hundreds of people from their team of about one thousand to be reassigned, let go or they have left on their own. Now reports say leadership has constantly changed, the team has been in flux. There's never been a clear direction. Apple has given the car team a deadline of 2017 to prove the feasibility of this self driving system, and then to decide on a final direction. I'm sorry, but Apple, this looks like a lot more than a bump in the road. [SOUND] All right, let's announce our winners for the Connect Go Power Watch portable battery, where we had over 1500 responses. The correct answer, for what I called two iPads joined together was, the Maxipad. It was really weird, because all week, I just got messages, and people sending me pictures of like Feminine hygiene products, and I wasn't sure why. So, congrats go to Misha Wright on email, gotta show love for the ladies here. And @seanpatrickr on Twitter, who put Nostratongus on a "magic carpet," and I'm sure he appreciates that. Alright that's going to do it for this week's show. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. [UNKNOWN] Brian Tong. Thanks a lot for watching. We'll catch y'all next time from the Byte Of the Apple. [MUSIC]