Apple gives us a new iPod family
So, Apple’s “It’s only Rock and Roll” media event has finally ended, and we must admit our high excitement about the newly announced updates. Some of the iPod rumors were true and some weren’t, but read about it below, where we cover all iPod updates Apple gave us today.
As we have reported much evidence on, the entire iPod lineup has been completely refreshed. Especially the iPod Nano, which as received some pretty large updates, such as a camera with video recording capability, as well as voice over, FM radio and Genius Mix. The video recording is a huge feature for a music player of that size, which may put the iPod Nano in close competition with many other small and handy video cameras. The screen of the device is also slightly larger, now in 2.2 inches. It’s also got a microphone and a speaker to support the video recording, and a pedometer to make it compatible with Apple’s increasingly successful Nike+iPod program. iPod Nano is available in 8 GB and 16 GB versions for $149 and $179.
Oh boy… Many rumors were right about the upgrades integrated in the new iPod Touch, but the most significant one wasn’t. So here we go: The iPod Touch did not receive a new camera. So what does that mean? That the iPod Touch is meant to be a gaming device and mustn’t receive a camera because it could take away some iPhone customers? Maybe, maybe not, but chances are that Apple is still working on integrating a camera to the iPod Touch, just not for this new version.
Anyway, the iPod Touch has received some major hardware and capacity upgrades, making the new models 50 % faster than the previous ones, and capable of running OpenGL ES 2.0. They now come in 32 GB and 64 GB models, and the cheapest one can be acquired even cheaper now – $50 down from $249 to $199.
The new iPod Shuffle will be available in both 2 GB and 4 GB versions, priced from $59 and $79. Apple is also working with other companies to make even more headphones which are compatible with all of the iPod Shuffle features.
All that besides being available in new pink, green and blue colors. There is also a new stainless steel version, which can only be purchased through the online Apple Store. The stainless steel model will be priced at $99.
Some sources claimed to believe that the iPod Classic would also receive a camera, but that hasn’t happened either. However, it is now available with 160 GB instead of 120 GB for $249. That’s it for the Classic.