Is the Verizon iPhone 4 finally real?It's the Apple Byte's 100th episode and we celebrate with a Mophie Juice Pack Air giveaway; the new MacBook Air could be just around the corner; and we find unique ways to charge your iPhone.
-So she asked for my name and I said, "Steve." -Wow, that's funny. -I'm gonna say my name, you know? -Guys, guys, what is up? Let's get the cards. Okay, check this out. Do you guys know what today is? -Thursday? -You're right but today is the 100th episode of the Apple Byte. Can you believe that? One hundred episodes. It was you and me from the beginning, from the start, you and me, Apple Byte, man. -Don't touch me. -Okay, so, check this out. I rummaged through the trash and I found some party favors from last week's birthday party but I think we could do big things, big things. A birthday cake. Balloons across the sky, you know what I'm saying? -So, Brian, let me get this straight. This is your party, right? -Yeah. -There's not gonna be any girls there. -No, but I can assure there will be girls, alright. Okay, here's a hat. There you go, Charlie. Alright, so, everybody, all in favor here, after the show, for the party, say aye. -Hey, you got a 7? -Got 7. -Alright, okay. Alright, whatever. Apple Byte, 100th episode, that's how we do it. Whoo. What's up? I'm Brian Tong and welcome to the Apple Byte for all the good and bad inside the world of Apple. I've gotta say, we are all really excited to be here celebrating our 100th episode. One hundred episodes. Can you believe that? The staff is ecstatic. They're jumping off the walls. I can't hold back my joy. We've got an amazing giveaway from our friends at Mophie so let's get to the show. Now it's been the longest running tease for over two years but the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is planning to begin mass production of the Verizon compatible iPhone 4 by the end of this year, allowing Verizon to sell the phone in the first quarter of 2011. Verizon has been meeting with Apple to beef up their networks for the heavy data load expected with the arrival of the iPhone. They also report Apple is developing the next gen iPhone so you're telling me Apple is already working on the next iPhone like they've been doing for the past 4 years? That's crazy talk. And you know what's even crazier, the white iPhone 4. We haven't heard a peep about it and this natural unicorn is still in hiding. Now, we hear a lot about the iPad but if you still like a good old laptop with a keyboard, Apple Insider reports that inventory levels for the MacBook Air have dried up for third party resellers and they aren't expecting to get a new shipment until mid October. Apple's been known to do product refreshes in October in the past so we could potentially see the next MacBook Air featuring the rumored smaller 11.6-inch display powered by an Intel core i series ultra low voltage processor that was rumored back in July. And in other laptop developments, Apple was also recently awarded a patent that opens the door for 3G or future LTE and 4G connectivity to be built into the housing of a MacBook. It's probably too early to see this implemented into the new MacBook Air but this stuff is coming in the future and if you think your laptop gets too hot right now, it could get even hotter. Now, a few episodes back, we showed you how to make ringtones directly on your iPhone but did you know you can also make ringtones with iTunes 10 for free? Go check it out. -Brian Tong here with CNET.com and with the release of iTunes 10, Apple has removed the ability for you to make custom ringtones for 99 cents from your purchase music, but there's no need to stress because you can still make ringtones for free using just iTunes 10 for the Mac and PC. Now, first thing, this will not work with older music purchased from the iTunes store with DRM on them, but it will work with MP3s, AIFF files, and non-protected AAC files like music purchased from the iTunes store today. Now, if you're not sure what type of music files you have, right click on this bar and select "Kind" and a column will appear to show you. So let's find a song like this one that I wanna turn into a ringtone. Right click on the song and select "Get Info." A window will appear with track information and you want to select the options tab and look for the start time and stop time settings. Click on the boxes next to those settings for now. I already know where I want my ringtone to start, and for this song, I'll start it at the beginning and go until the 30-second mark. There's a 40 seconds max duration for iTunes ringtones. Now, once you've set the time, press "OK" then go to Advanced on the main menu bar and select "Create AAC Version." ITunes will create the shorter version of your song below the original track and you wanna drag and drop that version on to your desktop to make a copy. Now, there's a little housekeeping we need to take care of. If the option to create ACC version is not available, go into your preferences and in the General tab, find the section that says when you insert a CD, click on the import settings button and then select "Import Using AAC Encoder" and the option should appear now. You'll also wanna go back to the original music file in iTunes and uncheck the start and stop time so that it plays normally from now on. Back to our music file on the desktop, we're going to change the extension name on the file from M4A to M4R. You'll be asked to confirm the changes and we'll use M4R. For Windows users, you'll need to go to your Control Panel, then choose Appearance and Personalization, select the Folder Options and in the View tab, make sure you have unchecked the box to hid extensions for known file types. That will allow you to see and change the file type as well. Okay, guys. We're almost there, but before you bring your ringtone back into iTunes, you have to delete the 30-second version that we initially created and if you don't do this, iTunes will not accept the ringtone so this is an important and crucial step. Now, drag and drop the renamed M4R file into the source column of iTunes and the word Library should highlight. It will copy the file into iTunes and, voila, you have a new ringtone. Plug your phone into your computer, make sure you set it up to sync ringtones in the appropriate section, sync your phone, and you'll be doing Duggy in no time. I'm Brian Tong, with your how-to, for creating ringtones with iTunes 10. Use it wisely. -Thank you, Mr. Tong but you might wanna work on your Duggy a little bit like this, uh huh. Okay. Here's the latest in iPad rumors and news. According to Ticonderoga Securities, component suppliers in Taiwan says Apple's next gen iPad will support a seven-inch high-res Retina Display, camera, and 128 gigs of capacity with a mini or micro USB slot. The report also made no mention if Apple would still produce the 9.7-inch model. Now, this sounds all exciting and everything, but it's a little ambitious to think they'll be able to make a Retina Display at that size and still keep the iPad around the same price points. Something tells me that this is the last time I'll say Ticonderoga on the show. Now to the Quick Bytes. IOS 4.2 has dropped support for AirPrint on the second generation iPod Touch. It was originally one of the supported devices but no longer, and all you second-gen iPod Touch owners can start crying now. Also, gamers who love their fix of zombies, Left For Dead 2 is now available for the Mac through Steam and if there's one thing that I like, it's zombies attacking me, if they are girl zombies or really just girls. And you know I love to show you the hottest accessories. Check out this piece of work from Japanese artist Miyo Izawa. It's the umbilical cord iPhone charger. It moves and gyrates and makes me wanna throw up. Alright, on to our giveaway. It's our 100th show and we're doing it big so check out this giveaway from our friends at Mophie. It is the Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 4. This is the slimmest and sleekest iPhone battery case on the market hands down and it's a favorite of mine when I'm traveling. It gives you up to 6 hours more of additional talk time on 3G or a mere 270 hours of standby time. There's a switch to use the case to charge your phone, an LED status indicator on the bottom, and the ability to charge and sync your phone with the case still on through USB and best of all, your phone will still vibrate. We've never had a giveaway like this so send me your e-mails to email@example.com . Tell us why you're the biggest Apple Byter, your favorite moments, why you deserve the case. Send us a pic, a video, or whatever, and we'll showcase the winners next week. Alright, that's gonna do it for this week's show. Thank you so much for sticking with us for all 100 episodes or maybe you're watching this because we're giving away free stuff, but whatever it is, the entire team here says thank you and we'll see you guys next week for another byte of the apple. -Number 100 is big, big deal. They'll be here anytime soon, huh? Right, guys? Yeah. -Alright, guys. Crazy time. -What's up, guys? -Happy birthday, Mr. Apple Byte. Happy birthday. -Oh, my God. That is so good. This one's the best piece of my entire life.