Category: iPod News

iPod Touch and Nano Receive Minor Updates, Price Drops

iPod nano 2011 lineup

iPod nano 2011 lineup

Apple today updated the iPod touch and iPod nano with the iPod touch now available in black and white.

The new iPod nano is available today starting at just $129 and features a redesigned user interface, 16 new digital clock faces and improved built-in fitness features.

“iPod has revolutionized the way we listen to music and with over 320 million sold is the world’s most popular music player,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPod touch, now available in both black and white, is the best selling iPod ever, and with iOS 5 and iCloud it is better than ever.”

Apple has now settled its holiday lineup which includes the iPod shuffle for just £40; iPod nano with Multi-Touch starting at just £115; iPod touch available in black or white, including iOS 5 and iCloud, starting at just £169; and iPod classic in a 160GB model for £199.

Apple Revamps iPod Touch Now Featuring FaceTime

iPod touch

Fourth generation iPod touch with FaceTime

Alongside refreshes of the iPod nano and shuffle Apple also updated the flagship iPod touch. The iPod touch now features a whole new look and includes the high-resolution Retina Display, Apple’s A4 chip, 3-axis gyro, iOS 4.1 and Game Center. The iPod touch now features front and rear cameras with the ability to FaceTime over Wi-Fi and HD video recording.

“We’ve put our most advanced technology inside the new iPod touch,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Whether you’re listening to music, playing games, making FaceTime video calls, browsing the web, capturing HD video or watching TV shows and movies, the new iPod touch with its Retina display, A4 chip and 3-axis gyro is more fun than ever.”

The new iPod touch will be available next week for a suggested price of $229 (£189) for the 8GB model, $299 (£249) for the 32GB model and $399 (£329) for the 64GB model.

Apple Shows Off All New iPod Nano With Multi-Touch

iPod nano

iPod nano (sixth generation)

Apple today released an all new iPod nano with a built-in multi-touch display. Nearly half the size and weight of the previous generation, the new iPod nano features a polished aluminum and glass enclosure with a built-in clip, making it instantly wearable. The new iPod nano features Genius Mixes, the ability to create and edit playlists, a built-in FM radio with live pause and up to 24 hours of music playback on a single battery charge.

“This is the biggest reinvention of the iPod nano since its debut in 2005, and we think users are going to love it,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Replacing the click wheel with our Multi-Touch interface has enabled us to shrink the iPod nano into an amazingly small design that is instantly wearable with its built-in clip.”

The iPod nano still features shake to shuffle, built-in FM radio, and Nike+.

The new iPod nano will be available next week for $149 (£129) for the 8GB model and $179 (£159) for the 16GB model. Both models are available in silver, graphite, blue, green, orange and pink and (PRODUCT) RED.

Apple Introduces All New iPod Shuffle

iPod shuffle

Fourth generation iPod shuffle

Apple has today introduced an all new iPod shuffle, featuring a mix of both buttons and Apple’s VoiceOver, enabling users to easily navigate their music and playlists without ever looking at their iPod shuffle. The new wearable iPod shuffle has an all-aluminum enclosure with a built-in clip and comes in five brilliant colors—silver, blue, green, orange and pink. With nearly 50 percent more battery life, the new iPod shuffle features over 15 hours of music playback on a single battery charge and offers 2GB of storage for just $49 (£39).

“We’re making the iPod shuffle even better by combining clickable buttons and VoiceOver technology, so users can find and enjoy their music without ever looking at their iPod shuffle,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With its all-aluminum enclosure and built-in clip the new iPod shuffle is a great workout companion, and at just $49 it’s a great entry-level iPod that almost everyone can afford.”

The new VoiceOver button on top of iPod shuffle allows users to hear the name of the currently playing song and to switch between songs, playlists or Genius Mixes. VoiceOver speaks 25 different languages and even alerts users when their battery needs charging.

iPod shuffle now also supports Genius Mixes that automatically creates mixes from songs in a user’s music library that go great together.

iPod Nano 5G Receives Minor Software Upgrade

Owners of the latest iPod released in September this year are at the receiving end of a minor update that fixes and enhances numerous features on the fifth generation iPod nano which features video recording.

The update which is available upon plugging an iPod nano into iTunes offers the following fixes, normal/slower/faster audio podcast playback, allows Genius Mixes to now work with Nike+iPod, and fixes an issue with Voice Over and the headphone controls.

iPod Touch Internals Reveal Apple’s Secret

Following last weeks surprise revelation that the newest iPod touch does not feature a built-in camera like its iPod nano counterpart, AppleInsider reported that Apple intended and still intends to add a camera to the iPod touch.

iFixit has subsequently posted photos of the internals of the iPod touch which reveal that Apple was most likely planning to include a camera in the iPod touch and will do in the future. A space in the centre of the circuit board in which a camera would fit matches the positioning of images revealed earlier in August.

Additionally iFixit notes that the iPod touch includes the Broadcom BCM4329 combination Wi-Fi/Bluetooth chip which is capable of the new 802.11n standard.

iPod Nano Debuts With Video Recording

Apple today introduced the new iPod nano, adding a video camera, mic and speaker to the world’s most popular music player. Music lovers can now shoot video wherever they are, view it on their iPod nano and use their computers to easily transfer their videos to YouTube. The new iPod nano features an ultra-thin and sleek design with a larger 2.2-inch color display and gorgeous polished aluminum and glass enclosure. iPod nano also features a built-in FM radio with live pause and iTunes Tagging, as well as a built-in pedometer. The new iPod nano is available today in an 8GB model for $149 and a 16GB model for $179, and comes in nine brilliant colors including silver, black, purple, blue, green, orange, yellow, (PRODUCT) RED and pink.

“iPod nano is the world’s most popular music player with over 100 million sold,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “And now we’ve added a video camera to its incredibly thin design, without any additional cost to the user.”

iPod nano features a larger 2.2-inch display for easier navigating, enjoying album art, or shooting and viewing video clips. iPod nano is ultra-portable so users can shoot video wherever they are, in either portrait or landscape. iPod nano customers can share videos instantly with friends using its display and speaker, or sync with a Mac or PC and share them on YouTube, MobileMe, Facebook or via email. iPod nano can even shoot videos with fun real-time effects such as Thermal, Film Grain, Kaleido and X-Ray.

Pod nano now has a built-in FM radio with live pause and iTunes Tagging. Live pause lets iPod nano users pause and resume playing their favorite FM radio shows. iTunes Tagging is great when users hear a song they like, they can simply tag it, and then preview and purchase that song when they sync to iTunes. iPod nano also features Genius Mixes, which automatically creates up to 12 endless mixes of songs from your iTunes library that go great together.

iPod nano is also now an even better workout companion with the new built-in pedometer. iPod nano can keep track of your steps taken and calories burned, helping you meet your short and long-term fitness goals.

Apple Unleashes New iPod Touch

Apple today announced the new iPod touch lineup starting at the breakthrough price of just $199, giving users 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 – all in an amazingly thin metal design that slips easily into your pocket. The 8GB iPod touch is now available for just $199, along with new models which deliver twice the capacity for the same price, with the iPod touch 32GB model for $299 and 64GB model for $399.

“At just $199 the iPod touch is the most affordable gateway to Apple’s revolutionary App Store with more than 75,000 applications that you can wirelessly download right into your iPod touch,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “You get a great iPod, a great pocket computer with the industry’s best mobile web browser and a great game player, all in this super-thin beautiful enclosure.”

iPod touch features up to 30 hours of music playback or six hours of video playback on a single charge. The 8GB model holds up to 1,750 songs, 10,000 photos and 10 hours of video; the 32GB model holds up to 7,000 songs, 40,000 photos or 40 hours of video; and the 64GB model holds up to 14,000 songs, 90,000 photos or 80 hours of video. The 32GB and 64GB models also include up to 50 percent faster performance and support for even better graphics with Open GL ES 2.0.

Apple Cutting iPod Prices

As pointed out by TUAW, Apple has begun cutting the prices of iPods on many of the world’s online stores.

On the US online store the price of the 8GB iPod nano is now $129 and $149 for 16GB. The only iPod classic model is now $229. The iPod touch has also received price cuts, $189 for 8GB, $249 for 16GB and $279 for 32GB.

The iPod price cuts come ahead of Apple’s media event later today.

Reports of South Korea iPod Nano Recall Untrue

Reports of a South Korean iPod nano recall are untrue according to The Loop, in a statement provided to the blog fully clarifies the situation.

“Since last August, Apple has offered to repair or replace any customer’s first generation iPod nano if its battery overheats,” Apple’s statement reads. “We have received very few reports of such incidents (about .001 percent of first generation iPod nano units worldwide), which have been traced back to a single battery supplier.”

Apple has previously published a support document on its website dated August 25, 2008 stating that “in very rare cases, batteries in the iPod nano (1st generation) sold between September 2005 and December 2006, may overheat and prevent the iPod nano from working and deform it.”

Anybody concerned with their iPod nano should contact AppleCare says Apple.