Thursday, September 13, 2012

New iPods (Nano and Touch) and EarPods



First up, the New iPod Nano



  • The Nano showed evolution.
  • It now sports a bigger display and lighting connector.
  • The new 7th gen iPod nano returns to the bigger screen form. Looks really clean and this calls for joy times for fans of the older iPod nano.
  • The new iPod nano is 5.4mm thick, 40% thinner than the 6th-gen iPod nano.
  • Allows up to 30 hours of music playback.
  • The volume rocker on the side also doubles as a way to play and pause the music, as well as scroll through it.
  • Display -- 2-inch, multi-touch
  • This new iPod will be available in bright colors like, Purple, green, blue, yellow, red, black, silver.
  • It also features a built-in FM tuner with live pause facility.
  • You can also view photos and widescreen video (Widescreen video sounds exciting!)
  • Apps like fitness and pedometer come built-in, and also integrates with Nike+ right out of the box.
  • It now also has bluetooth (wondered if it would have WiFi too, but no it doesn't..)
  • Bluetooth lets you wirelessly stream to external devices like cars, headphones and speakers.
  • So, finally... No web browser, no WiFi.
  • Lightning (connector) plugs in on the botton left side
  • iPod Nano- 16GB $149, available in October

Second is, the New iPod Touch

  • Roughly 175,000 games and apps that work on the iPod Touch.
  • iPod Touch has a longer screen, too.
  • 5th generation model -- looks a whole lot like the old one from the front, except with the larger screen found on the iPhone 5.
  • 6.1 mm thick, 88 grams. Thinnest and lightest iPod touch yet.
  • The new iPod touch features an Aluminium back, but a non glossy one.
  • Headphone jack on the bottom left, also uses the new lightning connector.
  • So, both the Touch and iPhone 5 will have the extra-long 4-inch screen. App-makers, you've gotten the message loud and clear.
  • The New iPod Touch uses the A5 chip.
  • Although not as fast as the iPhone 5's A6, but still a dual-core chip, which Joswiak says is 7x faster than the previous model when it comes to graphics.
  • But, has an A5. So, Touch and iPhone 5 now have A5 and A6, respectively. Maybe this will settle into the pattern for iPhone and Touch.
  • A project of Natural Motion, company says it used to require a supercomputer and now works on an iPod Touch. App/Game is coming this holiday, the company says.
  • In terms of battery life, allows up to 40 hours of music, 8 hours of video.
  • Eight hours of video: better for the tykes on road trips.

Camera Features
  • Camera on the back has a mic, flash. 5 megapixel w/backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, w/autofocus, and Sapphire crystal.
  • Also includes the new panorama mode. New device runs iPhoto for iOS.
  • 5 instead of 8 megapixel, but same lens construction. And Panorama. The Touch is a franken-portable all around.
  • Hidden button for a new feature called the "iPod Touch loop" Lets you attach a wrist strap to it.
  • So Apple's effectively turning the iPod Touch into a consumer camera.
  • Video specs: shoots 1080p video, front camera does FaceTime HD w/720p.

Other features / upgrades
  • Other things upgraded: Bluetooth 4.0 w/LE, 802.11 a/b/g/n, same as iPhone 5.
  • iPod Touch gets Siri too
  • Supports AirPlay gaming via Apple TV. Virtual controllers, etc.
  • Comes in a bunch of different colors: silver, black, blue, yellow and a red.
  • Colors of the iPod shuffle are getting updated to match the nanos, otherwise unchanged.
  • One more color, the product RED models.

    Availability
    • New iPod Touch 32GB is $299, 64GB is $399, available from October
    With this, the price of iPod Shuffle is now, $49 (2GB Shuffle) and the old iPod touch is for 16GB $199 and 32GB $249


    Earpods

    • 3 years of design for a new headphone. They're called EarPods.
    • Matches up with the leaks from earlier, three little grills.
    • The controls on the headphone have also been bumped up in size
    • Port in the back tunes mid-range, port in the stem does bass.
    • The design provides better lows as a result.
    • Airflow comes in at the base of the bud.
    • Crazy-looking from the side.
    • Ships as a standalone accessory today.
    • Included in the 5th generation iPod Touch, 7th generation nano, and with the new iPhone 5.
    • Yes, they come with the new iPods/iPhones (but not the Shuffle)

    Available in retail, and in the company's online store. Apple has contributed more than $50M to that cause with these models.


    This feels like a good time to look back. The iPhone 5 met expectations nearly completely, with few if any surprises. iPods had a few wrinkles up their sleeve.

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