Apple have just introduced a whole new line of iPods at their September event, with new designs all around. Instead of spending time on the introductions, let’s just get straight to it shall we?
The iPod Shuffle now has a combined design from the previous two generations. It’s seriously small, available in 5 colours, and markets at under $50 in the United States, so a UK price should be rock bottom, too.
When I say “combined design”, I mean it too! It’s got a square chassis, and nothing but a click wheel for controls. It includes playlist support, too. Like previous generation Shuffles, the capacity is limited at 2GB, but for the active lifestyle, it’s great.
Remember those rumours of a touch screen based iPod Nano that have been flying around the internet these past few weeks? Well they were all true!
It has a shuffle-esque design, with a clip on the back. It’s half as small and half as light as the previous generation too, so it’s great for people looking to work out with their music on the go. It’s also got FM radio built in, still, which is awesome.
The new Nano is, unsurprisingly, capable of multi-touch, which means cool little gestures on that tiny touch screen on there. You can use two fingers to rotate the whole display if you are using an armband
It comes in seven different colours, including a product red version, and sells at $149 for an 8GB version, and $179 for a 16GB version.
Where were we? Oh yes, the Touch! It’s now thinner than the previous iPod Touch (3G), but you knew that already, didn’t you? Shall we get to the good stuff?
The new generation iPod Touch comes packed with the same retina display that is in the iPhone 4, as well as an Apple A4 chip. Another rumoured introduction was a front facing camera, and guess what? It’s there! Right alongside the rear camera which Apple have somehow managed to put in there. Not sure how good the quality of the rear camera is considering the size, but it sure will be good in a hurry.
Also coming to the iPod Touch is iOS 4.1, as with the new version of the iPhone, which also means Facetime compatibility between iPhones and iPod Touch. It arrives next week.
It will come in 8GB for $229, 32GB for $299, and 64GB for $399.
I said last night in my predictions that I thought the new line of iPods will render the iPod Classic useless for Apple, but apparently, I was wrong! We’re actually hearing that the iPod Classic remains just as it was, without any price changes or technical changes either.
I’m personally quite happy about this, because it means that a high capacity iPod is still available to buy from Apple to house all those massive music collections out there. Can’t be bad at all!
With this brand new range of iPods, there is no doubt that Apple will enjoy a successful holiday season. Now please excuse me while I run out to pre-order one of these new models!