Observations Following Apple’s iPod, iTunes and Apple TV Announcements
Today Apple announced a flurry of new and updated products, for details on each of Apple’s announcements see the relevant articles:
- Apple Introduces All New iPod Shuffle
- Apple Shows Off All New iPod Nano With Multi-Touch
- Apple Releases Second Generation Apple TV
- Apple Revamps iPod Touch Now Featuring FaceTime
- iTunes 10 Now Available With Ping
- iOS 4.1 Release Set for September 8, 4.2 Coming November
After the launch of multiple products there is always a discovery period of titbits of information about the products, here’s what’s of interest so far:
- Apple has entered into a license agreement with golf equipment maker PING to use the name for its new music discovery social network iTunes Ping.
- Apple’s iPod touch advert is now online, as well as the iPod nano one.
- Apple’s iPod classic was ignored during today’s keynote but remains on sale, for now.
- According to the Apple TV tech specs page it runs on Apple’s A4 processor. John Gruber speculates that the Apple TV does indeed run a version of iOS.
- Due to the size of the camera the iPod touches still photo size is only 960×720.
- iTunes remains Apple’s user interface playground and the window controls (close/minimise/mini player) are vertically orientated.
- The iPod nano no longer has a camera and can no longer play video.
- Apple has posted an iPod + iTunes timeline page on its website.
During the keynote Apple’s Steve Jobs rattled off lots of facts and figures:
- 11.7 billion songs downloaded from iTunes
- 6.5 billion apps downloaded from the App Store, that’s 200 per second
- 450 million TV shows downloaded from iTunes store
- 100 million movies downloaded
- 35 million books downloaded
- 12 million songs available through iTunes store
- 1.5 billion game and entertainment titles downloaded to iPod touch
- 250,000 apps available from App Store, 25,000 for the iPad
- Apple has sold 275 million iPods since October 2001
- 120 million iOS devices sold so far, 230,000 new activations a day
- iTunes has 160 million accounts with credit cards registered and 1-click
- 23 countries for iTunes music downloads
- Apple has exactly 300 retail stores in 10 countries, Covent Garden was the 300th
- One million visitors enter the doors of an Apple store every day