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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9/13/2006 4:12:21 AM
First of all , when I say 'age', I mean a permanent loss in charge capacity- not that it simply discharges.
As per the wikipedia :
"A unique drawback of the Li-ion battery is that its life span is dependent upon aging from time of manufacturing (shelf life) regardless of whether it was charged, and not just on the number of charge/discharge cycles."
"Lithium-ion batteries should never be depleted to empty "
"Li-ion batteries should be kept cool. Ideally they are stored in a refrigerator. Aging will take its toll much faster at high temperatures. The high temperatures found in cars cause lithium-ion batteries to degrade rapidly."
So while part of the life span of the battery may depend on your charging habits, other parts do not.
I have never said form factor wasn't important for the nanos - it is, and yes; li-ion and especially li-polymer batteries can be moulded in almost any fashion. Ever seen 'gumstick' NIMH-batteries though?
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