Steve Jobs announced at the Sept. 1 press event that Apple is climbing the ranks in the mobile gaming world. According to the CEO, out of the 77 million mobile gamers out there, a large number of them play on their iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads. Can you guess how many?
Start your engines — the latest iOS 4.1 iPhone and iPod Touch update is ready to download on your iPhone and iPod Touch! What's the big deal, you ask? Well, not only does this version of iOS 4 include lots of bug fixes — namely proximity sensor issues and better compatibility with the iPhone 3G — but it also includes a handful of new features. Find out what they are when you read more.
We briefly touched on Apple's new Game Center after last week's iPod presentation, but we were finally able to get a closer look at the feature coming with the new iOS 4.1 update on your iPhone and iPod Touch. What exactly is Game Center? Find out below!
What it is
Game Center is a new app that lets you get more socially involved in your gaming. Like a mobile version of Xbox Live, you can now rack up achievement points every time you game, play multiplayer titles with your old friends, and make new pals by "friending" new gamers.
Find out more (including which devices can support the Game Center) after the break.
The newest iPod Touch to hit the market may come with a few wow-inducing features it's never seen before, like dual cameras and FaceTime video chatting, but the first thing you'll notice about the 4th generation iPod Touch is the form factor. This thing is slim! It makes my old 3GS feel like a chunky paperweight in your hand, which is saying a lot since the 3GS was never really thick to begin with.
The iPod Touch comes with iOS 4, so you can multitask and organize with folders but is also packed with a new retina display, the Apple Game Center app, and is compatible with the Nike + app so you can track your runs and fitness (my review on that app later). So handy!
Want to learn more about the iPod Touch, see more pics, and hear my overall thoughts? Then just read more.
Though Apple's iPhone has been taking off since it was first introduced years ago, a new report shows that 40 percent of iOS sales come from the iPod Touch. And now that a brand-new iPod Touch with more iPhone-like features hits stores today, I expect their sales will soar.
One of the most exciting features of the new iPod Touch is the introduction of a front-facing camera from which users can access the popular FaceTime feature, chatting with both iPhone 4 users and other iPod Touch users over a WiFi connection. Since the iPod Touch doesn't carry a 3G connection, though, it's impossible to use FaceTime (or other apps like Skype) on the iPod Touch similarly to an iPhone (from anywhere, without WiFi).
For more reasons I think this could happen (including a quote from Steve Jobs), and to share your own thoughts, keep reading.
Excited for the new iPods to hit stores? Me too! The brand-new models should be popping up on store shelves this week, but it seems they'll also be arriving on doorsteps. According to some anxious customers, shipping confirmations have been sent and their new iPod Touches could be delivered as early as Friday, while others are expecting deliveries on September 14.
I haven't earmarked a new Nano just yet, but I'm stoked for all the awesome benefits it will bring to my fitness routine! What about you — are you getting a new iPod this week?
This week's Apple announcements yielded lots of new developments, and afterward, I was curious to find out what you thought about the exciting event. It seems iPods were all the rage with 55 percent of the vote — I'm not surprised, are you? Here's what else you had to say:
- "I love that the iPod Nano has a clip. "He" has been wanting one for so long, one that just clips so he can go on his runs. Already ordered one for my hubby with an engraving. Can't wait for him to get it." — Honeylicious
- "Really underwhelmed. It's getting worse and worse. " — thecolor
- "New iPod Touch with cameras, YAY! The rest of the stuff, meh. Definitely NOT interested in iTunes becoming yet another social networking tool." — Elfyn
See the rest of the community's reactions, and add your own after the break.
Apple revealed a slew of newly revamped iPods, a reimagined Apple TV, and a brand-new social network today at its annual music event. Rounding out the announcements were updates to iTunes 10 and iOS 4.1.
There's still a lot of Apple coverage coming up for you to comb through (like in-depth coverage on Ping, Apple TV, and the new iPods) so stay tuned! Until then, tell us — what announcement are you most excited about?
During today's Apple event, Steve Jobs announced all new designs for every iPod — the biggest design overhaul in iPod history.
The latest Shuffle is a combination of all of the best features from the previous three models; while the last version of the Shuffle was missing buttons, the newest version brings back the familiar controls from the second-generation shuffle, but in a smaller, more compact design. The newest Shuffle also features all of the loved features from the most recent generation: voice over that tells you what you're listening to and when the battery needs to be charged, and playlists (including the introduction of Genius Playlists) that sort your music for easy listening on the go. The new Shuffle supports 15 hours of music and comes in five colors. It'll cost you $49 for 2GB of storage.
The new Nano and iPod Touch are even more exciting — find out details after the break.