Apple unveils iPod lineup, new iTunes and Apple TV

By on September 1, 2010, 2:39 PM
At a media briefing in San Francisco today Steve Jobs took the stage to unveil what he claims is "the biggest change in the iPod lineup ever." Most notably, Apple added a front-facing camera and FaceTime to the iPod touch, as well as the stunning 'Retina Display' from the iPhone 4, an Apple A4 core, rear camera with HD video, 3-axis gyroscope, and Game Center support for multi-player gaming. Quite a hefty refresh which essentially makes this an iPhone without 3G calls or contracts, available next week in three versions: $229 for 8GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB.


On the other side of the spectrum Jobs introduced a $49 2GB iPod shuffle model that brings back buttons and includes popular features such as voice over, playlists, and genius mixes. A completely new iPod nano eliminates the click wheel and instead features a tiny screen and multi-touch user interface. Users can swipe through or tap on app icons to navigate music playlists, artists and Genius mixes. It also has Nike+ and a pedometer, FM radio, "Shake to Shuffle" and is wearable with a clip. It will be available in six colors and two capacities: $149 for the 8GB unit and $169 for the 16GB.

On the software front, besides quickly sharing some statistics and highlighting the latest iOS 4.1 release, slated for next week, Jobs took an unusual step by pre-announcing the next version of Apple's mobile platform which he pledged would "be all about iPad" when it ships in November. Key features of iOS 4.2 include wireless printing, AirPlay (the new name for AirTunes), and audio, video, and photo streaming to other devices via Wi-Fi. Apple also introduced iTunes 10 and a new music-focused social network built into it called "Ping" -- according to Jobs it's Facebook and Twitter meet iTunes.

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Last but certainly not least, Apple also announced 99-cent rentals of 720p high-definition TV shows through iTunes (initially from ABC and Fox) and a new version of its Apple TV hobby device to boot. Jobs acknowledged that the latter hasn't been a huge hit with customers, but he's hoping that will change with the latest refresh. As expected, the Apple TV (no name change) is now a streaming-focused device with Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, and Mobile Me integration. It has HDMI, Ethernet, optical audio, and USB plugs around back, as well as 802.11n Wi-Fi and an all-time low $99 price tag.




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kyosuke said:

I just bought the new iPod so cool I'll get in a week or so. Really disappointed with the iPad, I mean yey it's coming but seriously give us multitasking now and the rest on November. We basically bought something that was out of date the day it came out but whatever. I don't care for the nano unless somebody creates a watch case for it. Apple tv caught my attention but not enough to get it. Oh and the new features for iTunes don't work for iPad again Thanks apple really loves ipad users.

Guest said:

Apple can market a piece of wood and paint it to look like an iPod Touch or iPhone or iPad and the consumer will still buy it because it's Apple. Goes to show how powerful brands are in the marketplace.

Guest said:

This 'Ping' deal sounds like a blatant ripoff of blip(dot)fm. I'll stick to a social music site that's not revolving around making money off bloated software and fancy looking trash.

princeton princeton said:

And videos on the new nano=awful. The screen is too small for videos. I guess the video crowd has moved onto the touch though. I'm still using my 3rd gen nano :P. I'll probably pick up the new touch.

Arris Arris said:

and the new iTouch max capacity is.... 64gb.

Geez apple for bringing us all these "ground breaking" and "world changing" updates you could at least give us a bit more capacity for all our music/videos and apps...

Arris Arris said:

Still life in my 5th generation iPod yet. Won't be updating it unless it dies

Guest said:

What about the battery life issue. Does the new OS address this issue.

Guest said:

nice revs. vcam will be missed on the Nano I think though. I wish they'd build a thicker iTouch with a big HD. I'll wait for next rev of iPad too - still missing stuff it is.

tengeta tengeta said:

The Nano seems a bit iOverboard

Guest said:

i want to see more storage also, but as far as apple is concerned flash memory is more expensive, and to keep things cost effective for the consumer means offering the most they can for a price they and theca buyers can afford.

Guest said:

That is a great article but apples news out lets kinda doesnt match yours so im kinda confused?

www.uprighttechs.com

Guest said:

hi

everyone here knows the brand of the black Tv on the Add?

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