Itsy bitsy, teeny weeny Apple iPod Shuffle screeny
-What's up Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Byte for all the good and bad inside the world of Apple We've got something that you'll all like, another Apple Byte giveaway, but first, I know, to the stories Now, we like rumors because, honestly, half of the Apple news stories are rumors but iLounge recently put together the latest chatter, claiming smaller iPads will be coming by the end of this year or early next year with 7-inch screens
So we'll see about that Now, a lot of you have been asking me about the iTouch and it drives Apple PR reps up the wall when you call it that, but the new iPod Touches and Nanos are coming in September, which we expect, but a new shuffle can potentially feature and itsy-bitsy, tinny-winny, Apple iPod Shuffle screenie I'm gonna stop that Which we saw for the first time in July Now, this one is pretty farfetched but they claimed the fifth gen iPhone will be set to release in January to address antenna issues
You know when Apple does that, they'll start another riot, but now that I own an iPhone, this whole death grip issue is way overblown You really have to squeeze this thing until your knuckles turn white, and 95% of those reports who jumped on that story probably didn't even own an iPhone 4, and since we're talking about those antenna issues, a recently released study from ChangeWave shows there's not much drop off in customer satisfaction between iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS owners, even with "Antenna-gate" so maybe they've weathered that storm
Now, we've also talked about iTunes going to the Cloud Everyone is waiting for it but it's still not happening anytime soon CNET's own Greg Sandoval reports that after Apple acquires streaming service Lala, the thinking was that its technology can be plugged into iTunes but it's been eight months now and Apple still hasn't locked down the licensing deals it needs to store and stream music from the Cloud Apple's server farm that they are building in North Carolina, that some are now calling "The Orchard"-- wow, is also expected to be up and running by the end of the year
so they might not be in a rush until "The Orchard" is ready Alright We haven't shown you how to jailbreak your iPhone because it wasn't legal back then, but things have changed so check out his how-to
-Jailbreaking your iPhone or iPod Touch just got a whole lot easier, and now according to the U S Government, it's completely legal I'm Brian Tong and I'm gonna show you how to jailbreak your iPhone and talk about the benefits and risks of doing so
Now, there are a variety of ways to jailbreak your device, but the easiest way is by going to the website jailbreakme com This may or may not work, depending on the version of firmware you have and the device you're using so check out this handy guide at jailbreakmatrix com to see if this method works for you Once you're at jailbreakme com on your phone, all you have to do is slide to jailbreak to start the process The jailbreak will start downloading to your phone so just leave it be and let it run through the install process When it's ready, you'll see a message saying "Cydia has been added to the home screen "
Press OK and then find the Cydia app You can launch Cydia, select the user option, and it will take some time to download all the content The main benefit of Cydia is that it gives you access to apps and customizations that you cannot get through Apple's authorized app store One risk you do take is that there's potential for running across malicious apps Now, the Cydia app will also ask you to upgrade the database content so follow the prompts to do that as well Now, it's not against the law to jailbreak your phone but it does void your warranty so if you bring in a jailbroken phone to be serviced by Apple,
you may be out of luck One of the benefits of jailbreaking your iPhone 4 is now being able to use FaceTime over 3G with an app called My3G so let's show you how to get that Once the Cydia app is installed and up-to-date, search for RockApp and install it Go to the menu screen and launch RockApp You'll need to create a username and password but let it update and then search for My3G The app costs $3 99 but there's a 10-day trial that you can try out first My3G tricks your phone by telling it that your 3G signal
is a Wi-Fi signal and it will now allow you to use apps that you couldn't before over the 3G network Once that is done, launch the app and you will be able to select which programs to use over 3G FaceTime is enabled by default as is YouTube which lets you view cleaner and higher-resolution videos instead of this janky mobile versions One heads-up is that by tricking your phone to give you access to these features, you're still using your 3G data so be aware that this app might cause you to go over your data limits Now, if you decide you no longer wanna keep your jailbroken,
you can always connect your phone back up to your computer on iTunes and restore the phone to bring it back to its original state, but there you have it I'm Brian Tong with your how-to for jailbreaking your iPhone or iPod Touch Use it wisely
-I am reporting that guy to Apple authorities immediately Now, if you've jailbroken your phone, the carrier unlock which allows you to use your phone on other GSM carriers is available now by searching for ultrasn0w in the Cydia app store And for people looking for that perfect accessory to rest your iPad on,
check out the WedgePad at wedgepad com Now, sure, you could use a pillow like me or this glorified bean bag which does look pretty functional and useful for $27 And we haven't done this for a while We wanted to answer some Apple Byter e-mails to show you that, yes, we do get them and read them so here are a few Shane Urder writes in with, "Hey, Brian I was thinking of buying a new Mac Book Pro Is it a good time to do so " Hey, big Shane, they updated the Mac Book Pros in April
and they won't be doing any updates any time soon so they also have that killer back to school deal going on so really now is one of the best times to buy a Mac Book Pro if you're ready Now, Grant Neubauer writes, "Brian, do you wear a different shirt for every Apple Byte episode " Grant, that's really kind of a personal question but yes, I do Unfortunately, because of budgetary constraints, I do have to wear the same underwear Now, we've received a ton of e-mails like this one from Mike Meyer
"What case does Tong have on his iPhone It looks sick " Hey, Mike, my iPhone is actually feeling pretty good right now but these sticker skins are a favorite of mine from a company called GelaSkins They have a wide variety of designs from independent and recognizable artists This one on my iPhone 4 is from E-boy and there pixel art is amazing, but the GelaSkins really protect from surface scratches while giving your gadget some style and I am a big fan, but do not drop it because these won't help it there And guess what, our friends at GelaSkins are hooking us up,
and look what I have here Five different laptop skins that fit on Mac Books, Mac Book Pros and laptops All you guys need to do is send an e-mail to theapplebyte@cnet com
Tell us how many cups were in Ariel's cup pyramid last week before it was destroyed Send me your laptop model and size and we'll pick five winners Count it, one, two, three, four, and five Alright That's gonna do it for this week's show Thanks for watching and we'll catch you guys next time for another byte of the Apple
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