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.iPod Shuffle
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.
The cases, which are made with a rubberized outer shell in three colors, come with an opening for a rear-facing camera. There are no details or specs about the fourth-generation iPod itself in Hard Candy's press release (like if there's an accompanying forward-facing camera as well), but it seems the company is pretty confident that the latest camera-enabled iPod Touch will make an appearance at tomorrow's press conference. The cases will be ready to ship on Sept. 15.
The day has finally arrived! We've been waiting anxiously for the newly updated Netflix App (free) for iPhone and iPod Touch, and it has finally hit the App Store this morning.
The new app allows you to connect your Netflix subscription (starting at $9 a month) to your device, watch movies and TV shows instantly, add and remove titles from your instant queue, and stream flicks over WiFi or 3G.
The app, which has been optimized for the iPhone 4's multitasking abilities (but not its retina display), allows viewers to fast forward and rewind, pause, and even resume where you last left off from your TV or computer with just a tap. The movies and TV episodes are categorized by genre so you can track them down easily, and there's even a "search" field if you're hunting down a particular title. This app is great for movie buffs and TV fans who can't go too long without a fix and would definitely come in handy for kids and parents alike while traveling on the road or in the air.
Not to be a buzz-kill, but there is a downside to all this movie streaming goodness. Find out what it is after the break.
Which portable gaming console you use is just a matter of preference. I have an iPhone, Nintendo DS, and PSP and find that my DS gets the lion's share of my attention. However, I won't be giving up Patapon and LittleBigPlanet on the PSP, or Plants vs. Zombies, and Words With Friends on my iPhone any time soon.
For me, saying one is better than the other is tough since I go to different consoles for different types of games. However, Sony isn't afraid to take a swipe at Apple in its latest ad for the PSP.
In the new ad, Sony takes a direct shot at smartphone gaming, saying that the iPhone (or something resembling an iPhone) is for "texting your grandma and calling your girl," not for playing "big boy" games. I got quite a laugh out of the ad (the kid who stars in it has a huge personality) but wonder if any of you are still using your PSP, or agree with Sony when it says that mobile phones can't compare to the PSP's gaming ability? Check out the ad and tell me your thoughts about how PSP gaming stacks up to that of the iPhone when you read more.
This means that any device not associated with a phone number could make a FaceTime call over WiFi via a phone number or email address as previously reported. This, coupled with the recently "leaked" photos of an iPod Touch with a forward-facing camera, make these claims seem even more solid than before. However, I'm still curious to find out how many iPod Touch and iPhone 4 owners will use the FaceTime feature. I suppose there would be more of an option, since the pool of devices compatible with FaceTime would expand, but tell me — would you use FaceTime on an iPod Touch, or if you're an iPhone 4 owner, do you use FaceTime now?
One of the major advantages to owning an Android device is the Android Market's liberal app return policy. You have 24 hours to try an app and return it for a full refund if it's not ringing your bells. And even though Apple puts each prospective app through a stringent approval process before letting it loose in the App Store, there are still those lame and wonky apps that end up being a regret later since you can't return them at all. Once you buy a dud app, you're out of luck.
So when Apple updated the App Store with a "Try Before You Buy" section last night (found in the new and bright yellow "Free On the App Store" section on your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iTunes), I had a glimmer of hope that we were moving in the right direction.
See why I was a bit disappointed after the break.
- iPod Touch — Word has it that three new iPods could be released in September. First, a small touchscreen iPod to replace the shuffle (which could explain the mysterious LED piece that was uncovered last month), a new iPod Nano, and a new iPod Touch. A new camera-packed iPod Touch is pretty much a sure bet at this point, especially now that photos of what looks to be the new casing have leaked.
- New iPad — We've been expecting a camera to come with the next-gen iPad for some time now, and this morning an insider has released hints of a smaller, seven-inch iPad, which is expected to hit in early 2011.
Hear the rest of the rumors, which include the iPhone 5 and new Apple Bumpers, after the break.
Additionally, there is speculation that Apple will also release a new iPod Touch in August or September — perhaps the new FaceTime-enabled model? It's rumored to also include a 3MP camera and the same A4 processor as the iPhone 4.
Apple has not commented on either of these rumored releases.
Find out after the break.