Apple Announces New iPods
September 12, 2006 1:25 PM
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The new second generation Nano, aka the "Nano 2nd"
The new smaller Shuffle
The entire "new" iPod family
Apple's entire range of iPods receive a makeover
Apple today announced a new refresh to its line of iPods that include the iPod, the Nano, and the Shuffle. The new iPod will have a 60-percent brighter screen and have an increased video playback time of 3.5 hours, which is roughly 1.5 hours more than the current iPod. Apple will also be releasing a bigger capacity iPod that sports an internal 80GB hard drive that can play video for 6.5 hours.
The iPod Nano will also receive a refresh. Apple today announced that the iPod Nano will now be all aluminum and available in various colors. Currently, the iPod Nano is made of plastic and was previously reported to be easily scratched. Available colors for the new iPod Nano are green, silver, black, blue and pink. Apple will be making the new iPod Nano in three flavors: 2GB, 4GB and 8GB. The 2GB iPod Nano will only be available in silver color.
2GB: $149 - Silver only
4GB: $199 - All colors except black
8GB: $249 - All colors
The new iPod Nanos will come with a new charger, armband and new lanyard. Apple claims that the new Nano will be able to play for roughly 24 hours non stop.
Along with new iPods, Apple will be introducing new software for the small players as well. New generation software will include such features as gapless playback, searching, and a host of new games: Bejeweled, Pac Man, Texas Holdem, Tetris, Mahjong and others. Users will also be able to purchase games for their iPods off of iTunes for $4.99 per game.
Apple's iPod Shuffle will also receive a revamp. The Shuffle has been reduced in size to roughly the size of the iPod radio remote. The iPod Shuffle's body is now metal and comes in only a 1GB version for $79. Apple said that the new Shuffle will ship in October of this year.
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user replaceable batteries
9/12/2006 5:57:48 PM
user replaceable batteries require
A: easy user entry to the internals
B: larger sized players to package the battery in an easy to swap way
c: some sort of visable entry mechanism
c is out simply because the smooth back panel leaves no spot for the mechanism. Screws would hurt the style as well as making a smaller battery (and less life). B is mostly for AA/AA batteries, which as pointed out above are totally out of place for an iPod because of size. Hell, even the video is at most the same depth as the diameter of a AA. A is out because giving access to the internals to the general public is not something apple wants to do.
So dont count on user replacable batteries any time soon.
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