Oh Apple, how can we ever quit you? As much love as there is for Apple, it get a little frustrating when the tech giant releases a great product, then comes out with an even better one just a few months later. How can consumers ever keep up?! This fact is especially true when it comes to iPods. We've seen so many iterations of the famous MP3 player hit the shelves, that you may have forgotten where it all started. As we eagerly await the arrival of the new iPod Touch and Nano — pre-order beginning today, Sept. 14 — take a trip down memory lane with a look at the models from the past 11 years.
It was the day techies waited for all Summer: Sept. 12 — iPhone 5 Day. At a press event in San Francisco yesterday, Apple unveiled its latest gadgets and music software, most of which came as no surprise to those who followed product rumors over the last few months. We break down the pros and cons of the iPhone 5, look at the rainbow assortment of iPod touches and iPod nanos and welcome a fresh take on iTunes.
Apple's line of iPod Touch and iPod Nano music devices also received an upgrade today, with many of the new features of the iPhone 5 also coming to this fifth generation iPod Touch. Both devices will use the new Lightning connector, so an adapter is necessary when using the iPods with any older dock or speaker accessories.
For the first time the iPod Touch comes in five color options and the iPod Nano is returning to the larger screen size of older generations. Expect many of the same features seen in other iPod generations such as a radio and Nike+ fitness on the iPod Nano.
Preorders of the iPod Touch begin Sept. 14 for the 32GB model ($299) and the 64GB model ($399), which will ship in October. The 16GB iPod Nano is available for $149 in October. Keep reading for more on the iPod Touch and Nano features that make it stand out from earlier generations; and then, tell us, do you think there are enough new features in the latest iPod models to warrant an upgrade?
The iPhone 4S and new iPod Touch are set to hit next week, and there's already a slew of cases coming up that will help keep your devices like new. First up, a massive lineup from Belkin — 19 cases in all, which will be available for purchase in November. Check out each of them in the slideshow; there's something for everyone!
Miss out on the breaking news from Tuesday morning's Apple iPhone event? We've got a quick update for you on what was announced (iPhone 4S, iOS 5, and updated iPods), what wasn't (iPhone 5), and the little details that will keep you in the know around the office. Check out the full breakdown on the latest gadget offerings that may soon be popping up on holiday wish lists.
During today's Apple "Let's Talk iPhone" event at the company's Cupertino headquarters, Phil Shiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, announced some exciting updates for the iPod Nano and iPod touch.
The latest iPod Nano offers compact design, multitouch display, volume buttons, integrated clip, internal pedometer, and FM radio. As of today, Apple is currently selling two nano sizes: 8GB ($129) and 16GB ($149) in seven different colors.
With the release of the iPhone 4S, Apple has made some drastic updates to the iPod touch. The 960-by-640 backlit LCD display screen now consists of 326 pixels per inch, making this the highest resolution iPod to date – a must for mobile gamers. iPod touch cameras are equipped to shoot 720p HD video, even in low-light conditions. Most notably, the iPod touch now uses iOS 5 software which sports 200 new features, including iMessage, a new free WiFi texting service, and Twitter integration. The updated iPod touch with iOS 5 and iCloud will be available Oct. 12 in classic black or white in 8 GB ($199), 32 GB ($299), or 64 GB ($399).
Click through to see the latest images as well as new, drool-worthy features.
Incase knows it's getting hot in here, so they added some much-needed ventilators to their iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, MacBook Air, and MacBook cases for Summer. Really, it's just their updated Perforated Collection ($29 - $59) that includes new colors and devices. Cover your 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs with a white, black, or blue case, while your iPod Touch, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4 can show off variations of blue and pink. Get 'em while they're hot!
After a few rumored false starts yesterday, the iOS 4.3 update is now available to download on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch via iTunes. We got an idea of what to expect in the update during last week's iPad 2 event, but in case you missed it, here's the rundown on what it's packing:
- iTunes home sharing — Play your iTunes library from anywhere in your home with a shared WiFi connection. Play a movie from your PC on your iPad (or vice versa), or stream songs from your iPhone to your Mac computer.
- AirPlay — This update provides improvements including audio and video streaming from apps, allowing you to shoot video with your iPhone and instantly share on your HDTV.
- iPad side switch — Make the choice between a mute or screen rotation lock on the iPad side switch!
- Personal hotspot — This will allow you to share your WiFi and 3G connection with up to five other devices from your iPhone 4, each being password-protected and secure.
If you're on a budget, a data-heavy smartphone package may not be the best situation for your pocketbook (especially now that both Verizon and AT&T have changed their data and text messaging packages), but sacrificing efficiency for a dumbphone may not be an option either. Thankfully, you have a third option: an iPod Touch. If you think that an iPod Touch can't suffice for a cheap alternative to a full-fledged iPhone, you may be surprised. Check just two ways you can function on the fly with an iPod Touch as your cellphone.
- Apps and WiFi — Your iPod Touch may be WiFi-only, but that doesn't mean you can't make calls. Apps like Skype and Fring will allow you to make calls over a connection, while Google Voice will even let you get voicemail messages, send SMS text messages, and forward calls from your home line to your new (albeit slightly jimmy-rigged) cell.
Find out how else you could create an iPod Touch workaround after the break.
Yesterday's earnings call from Apple produced some interesting tidbits of information. Among them: the iPod Touch accounts for half of iPod sales. The sales figures are notable, too, because in the past, iPod sales were actually declining. Now, given the popularity of apps, FaceTime, a built-in camera, and other iPod Touch features, the device, which starts at $229, is a very attractive item.
In the last quarter, Apple sold about 10 million iPod Touches, compared to just over 16 million iPhones and 7.3 million iPads. The last quarter of 2010 was indeed hot for the entire company, whose retail revenue rose a staggering 70 percent fueled by holiday sales.
Despite his leave of absence, Steve Jobs issued a statement, stating: "We are firing on all cylinders, and we’ve got some exciting things in the pipeline for this year." Besides the impending Verizon iPhone, insiders and speculators have high hopes for the iPhone 5 and next-version iPad 2.