One of the biggest announcments of the Apple event today was the iPod Touch 4G which brings similar features found on the iPhone 4. You now get the Retina Display, HD Video and FaceTime. This is great for those who don’t know many people who have iPhone 4’s as the iPod Touch market is a lot bigger so a lot more people to connect with.
Not only has it got the Retina Display, HD Video Recording and FaceTime but it has an Apple A4 CPU, 3-axis gyroscope and Game Center. It comes in a variety of sizes from 8GB to 64GB. Pre-orders start today and it will ship next week.
8GB £189 $229
32GB £249 $299
64GB £329 $399
Steve Jobs announced today that the iPod Touch alone outsells the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP combined, not just in America but worldwide. Jobs said that 1.5 billion games and entertainment apps have been downloaded from the App Store. This fact only takes into consideration the iPod Touch and not the iPhone which would make it an even bigger market lead.
There have been some concerned comments questioning the fact seeing as only 120 million iOS devices have been sold worldwide. Apple have been contacted about this discrepancy.
Along with the new iPod line, iTunes 10 has been announced, with something different a new logo. The major new feature is Apple’s Ping Social Network which will let you follow people, including artists, post comments, check out custom song and album charts and even find over 17,000 concert listings.
The Ping network isn’t exclusive to just iTunes 10 on Mac and PC but also works on the iPhone and iPod Touch. It’ll be avaible for download in a few hours.
Apple has announced it’s 6th generation iPod Nano, a complete new design as usual but with this new design comes some loss of features. It now sports a multi-touch display which allows double tap to zoom and a two finger gesture to rotate. It’s 46% smaller and 42% lighter than the previous model and has volume buttons on the side along with a clip on the back. The battery will last you 24 hours of audio playback but seems there is no sign of video playback and the camera has gone.
So overall you gain the multi-touch display but lose video playback and video recording using the built-in camera on the 5th generation nano. Prices are set at 8GB for £129/$149 and £159/$179 for 16GB, pre-orders are being taken now.
Update: It seems that according to Apple Reps the iPod Nano isn’t running the iOS just a OS that is very similar in appearance.
Apple announced a re-designed iPod Shuffle today, bringing back the button. This model has got up to 15 hour of battery life and is available in 5 colours, and will cost £39/$49. You can pre-order one now and it’ll ship next week.
Apple is set to release iOS 4.2 in November this year, however it’s an iPad only firmware and brings all the iOS 4 features such as printing, multitasking etc. to the iPad. The most interesting new feature is AirPlay, it allows you to stream music and video straight to your iPad over WiFi (with an iPad even acting as host for the new Apple TV).
As mentioned before printing has been brought to iOS 4 with the iPad using the Printer Center applet that sits in the dock and lets you manage print jobs.
Apple announced iOS 4.1 which fixes many of the issues that were causing major issues, fixing the issues with the proximity sensor, Bluetooth and the iPhone 3G performance along with completely new features such as HDR camera mode. Also HD video uploads over WiFi, Game Center and TV show rentals. Look for the update to hit iTunes sometime next week as a free download for your iPhone or iPod touch.
Among many bug fixes in iOS 4.1 and an apparent fix for the 3G slowdown issues is a quite strange addiction of HDR Photo Mode, this may annoy App Store developers who create HDR apps. To activate the HDR mode you simply press a button in the native camera app.
I’ll be covering the latest news from the Apple event, check back at the times below on Wednesday, September 1st for all the action!
If your on a Mac or iOS device you can watch the event live from the Apple website, if your running Windows I’m afraid your out of luck.
07:00AM – Hawaii
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern
06:00PM – London
07:00PM – Paris
09:00PM – Moscow
02:00AM – Tokyo (September 2nd)