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>> What's up? Brian Tong here, and welcome to the Apple Byte. It's all the good and bad inside the world of Apple. So let's get to the show. Now, this year is wrapping up, but you better believe Apple is working on their goodies for 2010. iPhone developer, Pandev, recently told Mac Rumors they found an unreleased iPhone using their iBART application. The device, using Apple's internal memory system, was identified as iPhone 3.1. The iPhone 3GS is known as iPhone 2.1. Now, there are very few details about the next gen iPhone, other than the obvious, probably an improved processor and storage, camera improvements, and possibly FM radio as well, so keep your eyes peeled because the new iPhone is the wild or probably hidden in one of those fugly iPod socks.
Now, is Apple going to name their tablet computer the Tablet Mac? Probably not, but they recently transferred the trademark for that name from Axiotron. Axiotron is the company that takes Apple laptops and converts them by getting rid of the keyboard and track pad and replacing the screen with a Wacom pen-based screen. The modification is 699 if you already own the laptop. Now, Axiotron was marketing the device as the Tablet Mac in 2007 but now refers to it as the Modbook. And Apple has been known to be very protective of their name and trademarks, but if they feel like naming their newest baby the Tablet Mac, they now have that option.
All right, here's an email about a recent issue we really haven't talked about. Rick Gray writes in, "Wazzup, B. Tong?" What's up, Rick? "Would you please address this issue of the new iMac's 27-inch screen flickering, tarrying, shutting off? I was gonna buy one of these for myself for Christmas, but will hold off if Apple does not fix this soon. Your thoughts?" Hey, Rick, there have been some reports and postings on forums at Apple specifically about the 27-inch arriving DOA or even with cracked screens. And now, these days, the Internet, they kind of magnify things a lot, and without a doubt, every computer line will have some manufacturing issues. I wouldn't be too paranoid, but what I would do is purchase their machine in an Apple store, plug it in, and test it out before you leave. I've done this with big screen purchases before just to make sure I don't end up with any dead pixels. So good luck with that, Rick, and really, that's what you should try and do.
All right, let's check out some quick bites. We showed you how Apple was getting involved in the carrier battle last week, and after back and forth lawsuits from both AT&T and Verizon over their 3G coverage ads, both sides have dropped the lawsuits, showing that we can all play nice and get along.
Now, a lot of developers complain about the App Store's approval process, so maybe they should follow Seattle-based "My Candies" lead. They've created an app for Android phones that's a porn app store where you can find adult apps. No censors, no restrictions, just good old porn on your phone. And this is the first case of app on app action that I've seen. And kids remember you pretty much have to be 18 or older, so ask your parents, like I did, and really, bye iPhone, hello Droid.
All right, let's check out our iPhone app of the week.
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Ever wish you guys could sound like T-Pain?
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This week's app of the week is "I am T-Pain." And now with an update, you guys can take songs from your own collection and sing to them, and really, there's no better way to build a friendship with your producer than through music.
Yo, [inaudible], what's going on man?
>> I just wanted to make some music. Kind of stuck right now.
>> Make some music? No, no, no. Here, check this out. I think, you know, we could relate a little. I know you're a producer. You got this distortion and static thing. We need to make music. You know, that I am T-Pain app? You got it?
>> I don't know, man.
>> No, serious, just -- just hear me out, okay? Just hear me out. I think --
>> I think you might like this. No, [inaudible] is it.
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>> What the hell is going on in here?
>> Out. Get out. We have actual work to do.
>> I'm just --
>> Podcast [inaudible].
>> I'm thinking Grammy's. The album will be dropping soon, you know, sometime real soon. All right, that's gonna do it for this week's show. Send me your emails to the firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching and come back next week for another byte of the Apple.
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