It might not mean that we will get video playback on the new 6th generation iPod Nano but this code hints towards it. It was discovered by Erica Sadun from TUAW, Even if it doesn’t turn out that video support is turned on at some point it might be nice for the device to be able to playback video, even if it is on such a small screen.
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.
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)
Less than a week before an Apple event is set to take place, cases for devices which have been rumored to be featured at the event appear online. The picture comes courtesy of Chinese case retailer X-Doria. The image seems to show what appears to be a 4th generation iPod Touch, which is rumored to have the front facing camera built-in for FaceTime.
The second case is said to be for the iPod Nano 6th generation, but it could easily be a case for a new iPod shuffle. It also appears to match a 1.7 inch Apple touchscreen that turned up in Taiwan.
The September event usually revolves around music and the iPod family so we know there’s updates coming just not sure on which devices.
All times are at GMT (London).
5:48 PM: Everyone is getting seated and the event will start in 12 minutes.
6:00 PM: The lights have gone down.
6:02 PM: “We want to kick of 2010 by introducing a magical and revolutionary product today… but first I have a few updates.”
6:05 PM: “Next update, the app store. We have over 140,000 apps, and a few weeks ago we announced a user downloaded 3 billion apps.”
6:08 PM: “SO all of us use laptops and smartphones… the question has arisen; is there room for something in the middle. We’ve wondered for years as well — in order to create that category, they have to be far better at doing some key tasks… better than the laptop, better than the smartphone.”
6:10 PM: “We think we’ve got something that is better. And we call it the iPad.”
6:28 PM: “Let’s go back to the hardware.” .5 inches thin, 1.5 pounds — 9.7 inch IPS display
6:28 PM: Full capacitive multitouch
6:29 PM: “It’s powered by our own silicon. The 1GHz Apple A4 chip. It screams.”
6:29 PM: Available in 16GB, 32 and 64GB models.
6:29 PM: 802.11n WiFi, Speaker, Microphone, 30-pin connector and 10 hours of battery life, up to a month on standby. Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR.
6:54 PM: Apple eBook reader app called iBook.
6:55 PM: Apple uses the ePub format for the iBook app, which means it’s open.
7:13 PM: It syncs just like the iPhone and comes with 3G.
7:14 PM: $14.99 for 250MB of data or $29.99 for unlimited. Free use of AT&T WiFi Hotspots. No contract. International deals by June. iPad 3G models are unlocked.
7:17 PM: “WiFI plus 3G if you want it. So iPad. It’s phenomenal. Email is fantastic, best device for photos, great for music, great for video. It runs almost all of the 140k apps on the app store, as well as a whole new generation of apps.”
7:20 PM: “So $499 for 16GB of iPad. That’s our base model. 32GB is $599, 64GB is $799. 3G models cost an extra $130. $629, 729, and 829 with 3G.”
7:20 PM: “We will be shipping these in 60 days. 3G models will ship in 90 days.”
Latest reports hint that Apple are trying to slowly phase out the iPods that feature the trademark Click Wheel. It seems strange as they just re-released the iPod Nano with video support.
Joystiq reported on some upcoming games, they happened to mention that some of the original Click Wheel games, Song Summoner and Song Summoner 2, were coming to the iPhone soon. However Song Summoner 2 never was released for the iPod because apparently Apple has abandoned the Click Wheel game format. Perhaps this means that Apple wants to move to cheaper iPod Touches to maximize profit from the App Store but also keep the Shuffle.
The App Store still offers a big amount of iPod Click Wheel Games from the iTunes Store, but no new games have been released since Cake Mania 3 in February of 2009. Apple had introduced iPod Click Wheel Games with the release of iTunes 7 in September 2006 and a total of nearly 50 games were released over the next 2 and a half years.
These reports are not confirmed yet and so are still rumours, it may not mean that Apple are ditching the iPod Classic and iPod Nano but maybe focusing their attention elsewhere, on the Apple Tablet perhaps?
Steve Jobs made his return today on stage, to announce an update on all iPod models. However the rumors did not all turn out to be true, as there was no iPAD and no camera for the iPod Classic or iPod Touch, however the news about the delay in manufacturing the new iPod Touch device seems like they might announce a camera model later.
The iPod Touch got a minimal update, however there is still maybe hope for the camera model. But all Apple announced was a size increase, up to 64GB; and a price drop which will be a good thing for the iPod market.
8GB – £149 / $199
32GB – £229 / $299
64GB – £299 / $399
The iPod Classic was also rumored to get a camera, however it didn’t happen but they have made the device slimmer and also bumped up the memory but kept the price.
160GB – £189 / $249
iPod Nano now has a VGA camera capable of shooting H.264 video at 30fps, just like the iPhone 3GS. It’s still comes in 8GB and 16GB models and in the usual array of colours. It has a larger 2.2 inch screen and comes with a microphone and speaker. And now has the VoiceOver feature like the shuffle does. It has a FM radio tuner now also built in and a voice recording app, exactly like the iPhone’s.
8GB – £115 / $149
16GB – £135 / $179
The iPod shuffle has now got new colours: pink, green, blue, black and silver. And a special edition model.
2GB – £45 / $59
4GB – £59 / $79
Not much has changed in the way of the appearance, it’s still the curved slim candybar type of design however now it has a video camera. Now you might think that the Nano is such a small device that the quality of the video would be terrible, but as many people forget the Nano has the same processor as the iPhone and so is capable of VGA H.264 at 30fps.
To enhance the video the new Nano comes with an array of built in effects: Sepia, Black and White, X-Ray, Film Grain, Thermal, Security Cam, Cyborg, Bulge, Kaleido, Motion Blur, Mirror, Light Tunnel, Dent, Stretch and Twirl.
It’s still comes in 8GB and 16GB models and in the usual array of colours. It has a larger 2.2 inch screen and comes with a microphone and speaker. And now has the VoiceOver feature like the shuffle does. It has a FM radio tuner now also built in and a voice recording app, exactly like the iPhone’s.
8GB – £115 / $149
16GB – £135 / $179