Well folks another exciting Apple event down and another set of updates and new products to get happy about.
Let’s keep it brief and get to what Apple unveiled and what they didn’t.
Ping and iTunes 10
Apples new iTunes based social network where you will have the chance to befriend fellow music lovers through your iTunes interface and see what they’re consuming audibly. You can even become friends with Lady Gaga! The network is also accessible through you iPhone interface.
iOS 4.1 for the iPhone and iPod Touch
iOS 4.1 will fix a few bugs and issues from the previous iOS 4 release but also include some cool new features. The update will be available next week. We also got word that 4.2 should be out around November of this year.
Fixed in iOS4.1
- Proximity Sensor issues
- Bluetooth issues
- iPhone 3g performance problems
New in iOS4.1
- High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos
- HD video upload over Wi-Fi
- TV show rentals
- Game Center
Updated iPod Lineup
The entire line up of iPods got a facelift and in the Nano’s case, a complete lobotomy. The iPod classic appears to be on its way out with only mentions of the iPod Touch, Nano and Shuffle at the event. The new Touch sports a front facing camera for Facetime, Retina Display, HD video recording capabilities and Game Center. It is also thinner than its fatter older brother.
The Nano is now a touch screen device as well. Measuring in at a bit bigger than the shuffle, the Nano features a fully function touch screen, up to 24 hours of non-stop battery, a clip and an FM tuner. It is available in 7 colors and 2 different storage capacities (8 gb and 16 gb.)
I’ll give you a run down on the specs and features to compare to the old Apple TV offering.
- 3.9 X .9. X 3.9 inches in size
- .6 pounds
- HDMI Output
- Optical output
- 10/100BASE-T Ethernet
- Built-in IR receiver
- Micro-USB (for service and support)
- 802.11n Wi-Fi (a/b/g compatible)
- Supports MPEG-4 video, H.264 video up to 720p and Motion JPEG (M-JPEG)
- Aluminum Remote
- .99 cent rentals of TV shows (no more buying shows)
- $4.99 rentals of first run HD movies
- Everything in HD (when available)
- $99 bucks for the Apple TV unit
No Word On iTunes Cloud Service
Major bummer. With Apple buying and closing LaLa.com earlier this year I was really hoping they would announce a cloud based music service. Maybe next time.