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The iPhone 5 rumor mill: Apple Byte
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The iPad 2 is virtually sold out, which means the iPhone 5 rumors are heating up. Samsung takes on the MacBook Air and use your iPad on your refrigerator!
-What's up, I'm Brian Tong and welcome to the Apple Byte for all the good and bad inside the world of Apple. The iPad 2 is pretty much sold out everywhere with analysts guessing it's sold over 600,000 units in just one day. Now the online store says they're shipping in about 4 to 5 weeks but if you're lucky, even over a week later, you can still line up early in the morning like some of these guys. -There are only two people who are getting the iPads and keeping them. -A lot of these people who are here just, you know, make a few extra bucks and honestly, I mean, why not? -So, one week later, you can find iPads on eBay but everyone in this line is waiting to sell them on eBay. -Is there anything you actually like about the iPad? -No. -See? I knew something was wrong about that line when about half the people looked like my grandparents. I'm just saying. Now, if you're one of the people that snagged an iPad, a new report by iLounge has found that the Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 had the best sound quality and the 3G models had a slightly more muffled and echo-prone quality potentially due to its plastic surface instead of metal. It's really too bad because I was planning to use my iPad 2 for a cover of Celine Dion's classics. -Near, far, wherever you are, I believe that my heart will go on. -Right. Now, people let down by the lack of a Retina Display should be happy to also know that even though the iPad 2 has a lower pixel density compared to the iPhone 4, it delivers almost identical performance. Display experts say it's nearly as good, except for the fact that it's not a Retina Display like everyone wanted. Now, we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and really send our thoughts and prayers out to the people of Japan and their friends and families because, really, there's more to the world than just playing with these expensive pieces of metal with the bright shiny screen. Now, the disaster overseas is also expected to create shortages for products for tech companies including Apple for the remainder of the month and through next quarter. Key component suppliers in the country are shut down indefinitely and Apple has delayed the launch of the iPad 2 in Japan while the country recovers. Alright, now, there's really no smooth transition from something like that but let's take a break with a how-to for using Apple's home sharing feature. -Until now, home sharing could only be done between PCs but with the iOS 4.3 update, you can stream your entire iTunes library from your computer to your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. This can save you a lot of storage and it's actually pretty easy. I'm Sharon Vaknin for CNET.com and I'm here to show you how to use home sharing on your iOS device. Now, don't confuse this with the remote app. That just lets you control music being played on another computer. With home sharing, music, movies, and podcasts can be played directly from your iOS device. First, you'll need to set up home sharing in iTunes. You'll need iTunes 10.2 or later and make sure your computer and all devices are on the same network. Go to the Advance menu and select "Turn On Home Sharing." You'll need to enter your Apple ID and password. Now, head to your iOS device and go to Settings then "iPod." Enter the ID of the library you wanna access. This means that if you're at someone else's house, you'll need to enter their ID. It might get tricky though. ITunes only allows 5 devices for home sharing accounts, so if that account has reached its limit, you have to de-authorize one of the computers. Go to "Store" and then "De-authorize this computer." Now that you've got your account set up, you can access the shared library. On an iPhone, open the iPod app and hit "More." Tap "Shared" and select the computer you want to access. That's it. On an iPod Touch, you can listen to the shared files by opening the Music app, tapping "More," and then "Shared." Click the library you wanna access. If you wanna watch shared videos, open the videos app and do the same thing. If you have an iPad, open the iPod app and tap "Library" in the side bar. A popup window will let you choose which library you want to open. Home sharing is great if you wanna save a lot of space on your computer or take a peek at your friend's libraries. Just remember that you can only access those libraries if you're in the same Wi-Fi network. If you go out of range, the library won't be available anymore. For CNET.com, I'm Sharon Vaknin and I'll see you on the interwebs. -Alright, thanks for the tip. Now, there's also a growing problem where the 2011 batch of MacBook Pros seems to be having issues with home sharing so if you're one of those people, you're not alone and we'll keep you posted. Now, we also told you you can expect a new iPhone 5 picture each week until the product is announced but check out the latest from HardMac, they posted the latest image for cases they claim will fit the next-gen iPhone 5 and based on these pictures, it looks like little might change with the form factor with the exception of a larger edge-to-edge screen which has been floating around the web as well. And there's your iPhone 5 rumor for the week and we're keeping the streak alive at 2 right now. On to the Quick Bytes, a new report says Verizon has grabbed 12% of the US iPhone market which means 1 out of every 8 iPhones is a Verizon one. Now, on his Twitter account, Apple's senior VP of product marketing, Phil Schiller, told a tweeter the white iPhone will be available this spring and it is a beauty. Can't wait for the myth to become reality, Philly. And look out, there's a challenger to the MacBook Air, Samsung's 13-inch Series 9 laptop is on sale now and this beautiful, wrapped sheet metal inspired laptop is thinner than the MacBook and was a favorite pick of mine at CES 2011. And you guys all know I was stoked about the iPad 2 Smart Cover. I have it and I still can't get over it, but why would anyone wanna do this and use the case to put on a refrigerator? Who does this stuff? Oh, hey, hey. What's up? -Nothing. -You know what, I recognize you. You're like the new girl here, aren't you? -Yeah. I'm pretty new. -Yeah, so-- Well, what's your name? -You know, I'm just getting my lunch. -Well, then, here, let me help you, girl? Come on. Like a gentleman should, opens the door all the time. Wow, okay. You know what, check this out. I think this raspberry vinaigrette would go great with that salad. -It's a fruit salad. -Yeah. You know what, I knew that so, check this out. So, I kinda do this show called the Apple Byte, you might have heard of it. -Apple? I don't like apples. I'm gonna go sit at my desk and eat so... -Alright, that's gonna do it for this week's show. Send me your e-mails to the Apple Byte at CNET.com, ask us anything and we'll throw some into next week's show. I'm Brian Tong, thanks for watching, and we'll see you guys next week for another Byte of the Apple.