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Apple Updates Entire iPod Line, Apple Tv, iTunes 10

After a much anticipated special event, Steve has done it again when it comes to re imagining products. Here’s what went down:

iTunes 10


Apple today introduced iTunes 10 with Ping, a new music-oriented social network for following your favorite artists and friends to discover what music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading. iTunes Ping lets you post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes, plus view concert listings and tell your friends which concerts you plan to attend. iTunes 10 also features HD TV show rentals for just 99 cents an episode and AirPlay wireless music playback.

New AppleTV (With Netflix, Rental Tv Shows)


Also announced is the new Apple TV which offers the simplest way to watch your favorite HD movies and TV shows on your HD TV for the breakthrough price of just $99. Apple TV users can choose from the largest online selection of HD movies to rent, including first run movies for just $4.99, and the largest online selection of HD TV show episodes to rent from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for just 99 cents.

Apple TV also streams content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, as well as music, photos and videos from PCs and Macs to your HD TV. Enjoy gorgeous slideshows of your photos on your HD TV using Apple TV’s selection of built-in slideshows. Apple TV has built-in HDMI, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an internal power supply for easy set-up, and features silent, cool, very low power operation in an enclosure that’s less than four inches square – 80 percent smaller than the previous generation.

iOS 4.1/4.2

At today’s keynote event, Steve Jobs announced the upcoming availability of iOS 4.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch. Jobs noted that the long running proximity sensor, Bluetooth, and iPhone 3G performance bugs that have been raised by users will be fixed in this update.

New features to iOS 4.1 include High Dynamic Range photos, HD video upload over Wi-Fi, TV show rentals, and Apple’s Game Center will make its official debut. Also, Jobs showed off wireless printing in Pages. A “Print Center” app now shows up in multi-tasking tray to manage jobs.

iOS 4.1 will be available next week for iPhone and iPod touch and will be a free update.

Jobs also revealed that iOS 4.2 will be released in November, finally bringing iOS 4.x support to the iPad. The free update will include wireless printing as well as a new feature called AirPlay, which replaces AirTunes. AirPlay will offer streaming of video, music, and photos. iOS 4.2 will be compatible with the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone.

New iPod Shuffle


The new iPod Shuffle will see the return of buttons and will still include the VoiceOver feature that debuted in the last Shuffle model. It also has playlists capability and will take advantage of the Genius Playlists recently introduced. It will have 15 hours of battery life and will come in 5 colors: silver, pink, gold, blue, and green. The 2 GB Shuffle will cost $49.

New iPod Nano


The iPod Nano has also been updated, removing the click wheel and adding a multi-touch interface to reduce the device’s overall size. The new nano is 46% smaller than its predecessor and will have 24-hour battery life.
The nano’s new touch interface is similar to that of other iOS devices with a home screen populated with icons to access photos, artists, playlists, control playback, and more. The display’s orientation can be manually rotated to accommodate the device’s position when clipped to clothing. The nano will come in graphite, pink, blue, silver, green, gold, and a Product Red version will also be offered. It will cost $149 for 8 GB and $179 for 16 GB.

However, it no longer has a camera or plays video.

New iPod Touch


Lastly, the 5th generation iPod Touch includes the Retina Display (with 324 pixels per inch) that made its debut on the iPhone 4. It will also get Apple’s A4 chip, a 3-axis gyroscope, a rear-facing camera that can record HD video, and a front-facing camera that will work with Facetime. The iPod touch will have iOS 4.1 with Apple’s Game Center and will offer 40 hours of music playback battery life. The iPod touch will cost $229 for the 8 GB model, $299 for 32 GB, and $399 for 64 GB.

All new iPod models will be available starting next week and are available for pre-order on Apple’s site today.

Apple Unveils iPhone 4.0, Adds Multitasking, Backgrounding, APIs & More

Yesterday, Apple unveiled it’s newest generation of software dubbed iPhone 4.0. Steve gave a keynote and noted these important features:

Multitasking – the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch (3rd Gen) will be able to run multiple apps at the same time. By double tapping the home button, users can bring up a dock which shows currently running applications and switch between them. iPhone 3G owners will still be able to upgrade to 4.0, but they will not be given the multitasking feature. The apps are sure to not drain battery life because only certain functions of the app are left running, and entire apps are able to freeze themselves instead of running full steam ahead without you knowing.

Universal Mail – The Mail app has also been redesigned, giving users the power to have one universal mailbox, have multiple Exchange accounts, and threaded messages

iBooks – iBooks will be coming to the iPhone and iPod Touch with the same look and bookstore as are on the iPad. Books can also be synced to your computer back and forth between mobile devices – so you don’t have to re-download them.

Custom Backgrounds – Users can now set a home screen background like the iPad.

Game Center – Apple will attempt to “power up” it’s market-share on gaming by giving users a centralized game center, similar to PSN or Xbox Live, called “Game Center”. It’s a mystery as to what will  happen to apps that already perform this funtion, like “Open Feint”.

iAd – Users will no longer be annoyed by links in apps that lead them outside the app. Instead, Apple’s new “iAd” platform will use new tools to push interactivity and emotion to the max, and give users an enjoyable experience in advertising WHILE keeping them in the application. It’s in the OS Dev Tools, but is not necessarily a part of iPhone OS 4.

5x Digital Zoom – Video equipped devices now have 5x digital zoom. However, 3MP seems a little low for that. 😉

Bluetooth Keyboards – the iPhone and iPod Touch will be able to pair will Apple bluetooth keyboards. (Again, like the iPad)

App Folders – Instead of having multiple home screens (topping out at 11), users can categorize their apps into folders. Now users can view over 2,000 apps, instead of only 11 home screens.

The update will be available for iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3rd Gen. during the summer. The iPhone 3G and older iPod Touches will get the update, but not the multitasking feature. And what about the first iPhone? It seems it’s now  an unsupported update product, much like Tiger. You can still use it, but it will never receive the update. The iPad will get the update sometime during the Fall.

Apple Still Planning iTouch w/ Camera

191911-compare2_500This story is a sad one. The iPod Touch 3rd Generation didn’t get a camera. Why you ask?

Steve Jobs said to the New York Times that it was “a matter of cost, and we were really focused on the $199 price point”.

While reports from the factory indicate that there were manufacturing problems with the product. The new iPod Touch does have room for the camera, so it’s a true mystery why it’s not there. Gizmodo points out that maybe the Nano’s camera wouldn’t be good enough, and that it would only cheapen the product.

Either way, since there is room, expect Apple to be putting a camera in there SOME time. Eventually.

Apple’s Keynote: It’s Only Rock n’ Roll, But We Like It (Roundup)

  • Apple Premieres iTunes 9

    Apple Premieres iTunes 9

    September 9, 2009

    Apple today introduced iTunes 9, the latest version of the world’s most popular software application to purchase, manage and play media, packed with innovative features such as iTunes LP, Home Sharing and Genius Mixes, as well as a redesigned store and improved syncing. iTunes 9 makes it easier than ever to discover, purchase and enjoy your music, movies, TV shows, and apps for iPhone and iPod touch from Apple’s revolutionary App Store. Filed under: iPod+iTunes. Read more: apple.com/itunes

  • Apple Introduces New iPod nano With Built-in Video Camera

    Apple Introduces New iPod nano With Built-in Video Camera

    September 9, 2009

    The new iPod nano adds a video camera, mic and speaker to the world’s most popular music player, allowing you to shoot video wherever you are, view it on your iPod nano and use your computer to easily transfer your videos to YouTube. The new iPod nano—available today in an 8GB model for $149 and a 16GB model for $179—features an ultra-thin and sleek design with a larger 2.2-inch color display and gorgeous polished aluminum and glass enclosure in nine brilliant colors. Filed under: iPod+iTunes.Read more: apple.com/ipodnano

  • Apple Introduces New iPod touch Lineup

    Apple Introduces New iPod touch Lineup

    September 9, 2009

    The new iPod touch, starting at just $199, gives you a great iPod, a great pocket computer, a great game player and access to Apple’s revolutionary App Store with over 75,000 applications. iPod touch features Apple’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface, a gorgeous 3.5-inch widescreen glass display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a built-in accelerometer and speaker in an amazingly thin metal design that slips easily into your pocket. Filed under: iPod+iTunes. Read more: apple.com/ipodtouch

  • Apple’s iPod shuffle Now Starts at Just $59

    Apple’s iPod shuffle Now Starts at Just $59

    September 9, 2009

    The iPod shuffle, the world’s smallest music player and the first music player to talk to you, is available now, starting at just $59, in five great colors. iPod shuffle’s intuitive controls are conveniently located on the headphone cord, letting you navigate and enjoy music without even looking. Filed under: iPod+iTunes. Read more: apple.com/ipodshuffle

Can Apple Revolutionize Haptic Feedback? They Think So.

Apple has filed rather futuristic patents for their touch devices recently that suggest haptic feedback, fingerprint recognition, and RFID readers in new devices.

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“However, one of a touchscreen’s biggest advantages (i.e., the ability to utilize the same physical space for different functions) is also one of a touchscreen’s biggest disadvantages. When the user is unable to view the display (because the user is occupied with other tasks), the user can only feel the smooth hard surface of the touchscreen, regardless of the shape, size and location of the virtual buttons and/or other display elements. This makes it difficult for users to find icons, hyperlinks, textboxes or other user-selectable input elements that are being displayed, if any are even being displayed, without looking at the display.

Unless touch input components are improved, users that, for example, drive a motor vehicle, may avoid devices that have a touch input component and favor those that have a plurality of physical input components (e.g., buttons, wheels, etc.).”

042023-fingerprintThe reason for such a distinction again falls back on non-visual usage. Instead of requiring the user to find a button on the touchscreen, the use of different fingers alone could trigger different commands.

Apple suggests that the an RFID antenna can be placed in the touch sensor panel itself, allowing it to also be used as a RFID reader. As RFID tags become more prevalent, this could add a very useful function to future touch screen devices.

[Mac Rumors]

Hey, You’re Not Getting Ripped Off! +New Rumors & Updates

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Well, it looks like Apple may be economically friendly after all! iSuppli, the leader in…uh… tearing things apart and deducing how much they really cost, has just torn apart the new iPhone 3GS (the G and S no longer have a space between them) in it’s 16GB form. The device only cost’s about $180 to build, which is only a $20 difference from the $199 subsidized price! Way to go!

Also making the rounds today it the “iPod 3,1” place holder in the 3.0 version of Apple’s SDK. The new iPhone was proven to be marked by place holders like this, so a new iPod Touch is likely.

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iTouch But in more important news,/iPhone owners can control their Apple TV a new way, and wirelessly charge it too. Apple has updated Apple TV’s (streaming box for computer/online to TV) firmware to 2.4, which allows it to use the newly updated “Remote” app from Apple (available for free on the App Store) which features touch gestures (like swiping) to control Apple TV. This is a great use of an app considering that using the Apple TV remote can sometimes be painful. iPhone users can also charge their phone wirelessly just like those evil doers (just kidding) who carry a Palm Pre with their “TouchStone” charger. “WildCharge” is allowing iPhone (3G and 3GS included) and iPod touch users to order a WildCharge Skin along with a WildCharger Pad in order to bring wire-free charging to their smartphone. Just snap on the skin, plug the pad in and put the handset down on that pad. One downside however: it’s $34.99 for the skin, or $79.99 for the skin and pad.

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Apple Rumors: Ridiculous

Hard Mac claims that the iPhone, iTouch, and Nano will see updates this summer, which includes ALL of them getting a camera. Really?

Silicon Alley Insider’s John Gruber also reports that Apple may be considering background apps and a “most used” or improved dock.

* Apple might allow users to select two apps that can run in the background.
* Apple might selectively allow some apps to run in the background. We assume that developers could apply for permission to run in the background, and that Apple might approve or deny them based on the resources they need and how well they behave with the operating system’s stability.

Ordinarily I wouldn’t link to something as sketchily sourced as this, but: I heard something very similar from a decent (but second-hand) source back in January during Macworld Expo. What I heard then was that Apple was working on a vastly improved dock for your most-frequently used apps, and that there’d be one special icon position where you could put a third-party app to enable it to run in the background.