Apple Announces New iPods
Anh Tuan Huynh
September 5, 2007 2:38 PM
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The new iPod touch with Derek Zoolander on screen
New iPod classic in its usual two colors
New video capable iPod nanos
iPod shuffle in new colors
Now with a new iPod touch
Apple today revamped its entire iPod lineup and introduced an old-yet-new model – the iPod touch. The new iPod touch is essentially an iPhone stripped of its GSM and phone capabilities.
The device features the same 3.5-inch screen as the iPhone with an 8mm thickness. Two memory capacities are available – 8GB and 16GB. Apple also employs the same multi-touch user interface as the iPhone in the new iPod touch, including Cover Flow.
The iPod touch retains the 802.11b/g Wi-Fi capabilities of the iPhone. Users can connect the iPod touch to home and public wireless networks. The iPod touch also features a couple of built in applications, as with the iPhone.
Safari and YouTube applications are preinstalled for wireless web browsing and video watching. Apple also installs the calendar, contacts, clock, calculator and photo applications. Essentially, the iPod touch is what the iPhone is without a SIM card inserted.
The existing iPod models are completely new, with new iPod shuffle’s, nano and regular. Apple finally named the standard hard disk based iPod’s – the iPod classic. The new iPod classic features a completely metal design and thinner in size compared to the outgoing model.
Apple increased hard drive capacity with the new classic – 160GB is the new flagship, with 80GB being the base size. Battery life for the new iPod classics improve, with up to 40 hours for audio and 7 hours for video.
Apple’s iPod nano is completely new as well, in the form of a new
. The new iPod nano features video playback capabilities on its 2-inch QVGA display. Apple offers the new iPod nano in 4GB and 8GB capacities and in five different colors – black, silver, green, blue and RED. New games are also preinstalled on the new iPod nano, including Vortex and Sudoku.
Both the new iPod classic and nano feature a new user interface with Cover Flow.
Lastly, is the iPod shuffle refresh. The iPod shuffle maintains the same design as the outgoing model, but now with new colors and a RED model. New iPod shuffle colors include blue, teal and an aqua green.
Expect the new iPods to show up in retail this week.
In the mean time,
Microsoft's 30GB Zune is now priced at $199
. Microsoft announced the price cut late last night on the
blog. With the release of Apple's new iPods and the
iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store
, a $50 price cut may not be enough to attract buyers to the Zune.
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9/5/2007 11:33:49 PM
The iPod touch has only a few gigs of space...
it could've been bigger, but isn't....
just think, they had to do something with all the 4GB iPhones they didn't sell.
Personally, they should just roll it all into one; touchscreen, video, music, phone, camera, video games, video recording, internet, iTunes downloads, 200GB of space, unlock it and make it about the size of the Nano with optional full-size.
There you go, give it about 8 months and you'll have something very similar. Thats just the way Apple works. Oh yeah, and it will cost an arm & a leg at first, then you will be able to buy it in colors, then it will drop in price.
9/6/2007 12:13:02 AM
very true. I honestly would have picked one up even though my ipod video is just fine. Just for the wifi brower etc etc. But with only 16gb max. I almost laugh at that. For the battery life of the 160gig they definatly could have managed a good battery life if they based the ipod touch on a 60 or 80gig hdd.
Oh well im sure myself and way more people then not will hold out on the touch until they make a bigger drive on it. be that flash or a slightly bigger version with a hdd.
9/6/2007 8:41:18 AM
For once I am tempted by the touch but the price is laughable.
I currently have a Zen Vision:M 30gb, and even it's successor, the new Zen is flash based. So Creative have ditched the hard drive end of the market altogether it seems. The Vision:M was superior to the iPod in almost everyway, and even it's successor is feature wise.
I have a dilemma now. I like the look of the touch, I do want something slimmer, and I can live with 16gb of non-expandable storage. However I wish the 16gb model was cheaper.
They've just grabbed the iPhone and ripped the phone functionality out of it from the look of things.
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