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Apples New Ipods & Software Line – Australian Prices

With so many news stories around I’d thought I would summarize the latest updates of apple regarding the new ipod range and software updates. If you would like to watch the apple ipod nano presentation video you can head over here.

Firstly, lets discuss the new ipods. image

 Ipod Shuffle

Not many changes to the shuffle, just a little price drop.

Shuffle Specifications & Australian Prices

Capacity: 1GB ($65) | 2GB ($89)

  • Height: 1.07 inches (27.3 mm)
  • Width: 1.62 inches (41.2 mm)
  • Depth: 0.41 inch (10.5 mm) including clip
  • Weight: 0.55 ounces (15.6 grams)
  • Battery life: 12 hours

Nano chromatic

I think its a fantastic move, back to the longer shaped, the most thinnest ever and 9 fantastic colours. Feel the new curved, all-aluminum and glass design and you won’t want to put iPod nano down. The nano now also has a accelerometer. Give it a shake to shuffle your music. Turn it sideways to view Cover Flow. And play games designed with your moves in mind.

  1. New Curved Aluminum Design
  2. Curved Glass
  3. Thinnest ipod Ever
  4. Enhanced User Interface
  5. Accelerometer
  6. Genius Playlist Creation

image iPod nano

Nano Specifications & Australian Prices

Capacity: 8GB ($200) | 16GB ($279)

  • Height: 3.6 inches (90.7 mm)
  • Width: 1.5 inches (38.7 mm)
  • Depth: 0.24 inch (6.2 mm)
  • Weight: 1.3 ounces (36.8 grams)
  • 2-inch (diagonal) color LCD with LED backlight, 320 by 240 pixels at 204 ppi
  • Battery life: 24 hours music | 4 hours video

iPod classic

The new ipod Classic now only has one size, a huge 120GB. It is the same size as the old 80gb. It still only comes in black or white.

iPod classic.

Ipod Classic Specifications & Australian Prices

  • Capacity: 120GB ($339)
  • Height: 4.1 inches (103.5 mm)
  • Width: 2.4 inches (61.8 mm)
  • Depth: 0.41 inch (10.5 mm)
  • Weight: 4.9 ounces (140 grams)
  • 2.5-inch (diagonal) color LCD with LED backlight 320 by 240 pixels at 163 ppi
  • Battery life: 36 hours music | 6 hours video

iPod touch

Among the changes announced to the iPod line, the most significant was to the iPod Touch, which is similar to the iPhone in form but lacks the calling features. A Big price drop was given so it is better priced compared to the iphone and should make the device more appealing to mainstream buyers and expose them to Apple’s App Store and its thousands of games and other programs.

With a contoured, polished stainless steel design, iPod touch feels even better in your hand.

Another unique feature of the new iPod touch is the integration of the Nike+iPod system for tracking running statistics. Unlike the iPod nano, the hardware receiver has been built into the iPod touch.

iPod touch

Ipod Touch Specifications & Australian Prices

Capacity: 8GB ($329) | 16GB ($419) | 32GB ($549)

  • Height: 4.1 inches (110 mm)
  • Width: 2.4 inches (61.8 mm)
  • Depth: 0.33 inch (8.5 mm)
  • Weight: 4.05 ounces (115 grams)
  • 3.5-inch (diagonal) Multi-Touch color LCD, 320 by 480 pixels at 163 ppi
  • Battery life: 36 hours music | 6 hours video

Now for the software updates.

Itunes 8

As im currently downloading as i type this article as fast as possible my download is on 88% so i cant give you a hands on review of the new software, but here’s is what’s new.






























The next major announcement is iTunes 8. Confirming "tons of new stuff" and features that were rumored over the weekend, Jobs announced a new Pandora-like "Genius" feature that can generate playlists of songs "that go great together." A new Genius Sidebar can also anonymously (and voluntarily) send your library info up to the iTunes Store cloud to make smarter recommendations of new music a customer may like. The "Genius Algorithms" that power all of this will also harness everyone’s library information to fuel this new community powered music recommendation system.

Grid View:  display and selct albums now in Grid View and iTunes 8 displays your entire music library using cover art. Select Artists, Genres or Composers and iTunes automatically creates groups of albums based on your selection.

Iphone New firmware 2.1


The iPhone also got some time in the spotlight today with the much-anticipated announcement of iPhone OS 2.1, the software and firmware that runs both the iPhone and iPod touch. The major update should "significantly" improve battery life, problems with droppped calls, fix a lot of bugs, and backing up to iTunes should be "dramatically" faster.

This is the most exciting news because I will eventually be getting one and this new gps and push background service is what I wanted. This now means tomtom can be installed on your iphone and used as a gps system navigating you on the roads.

New features:

  1. Scheduled to be released for iPhone and iPhone 3G on September 12, 2008
  2. iPhone 3G Reception fix
  3. Security fix to prevent from bypassing the double home button exploit
  4. Fix for iPhone app crashing
  5. "Push" background services for applications
  6. Update Supporting Languages
  7. Recognition of iPhone 3G’s cardinal direction and velocity; potential for turn-by-turn navigation[19]
  8. Standby time dramatically improved

Thats a Wrap!

Jobs ended the event by exclaiming that this is the "Strongest lineup of iPods we’ve ever had for holiday season ’08." As Apple typically ends major keynotes with a performance, Jack Johnson took the stage to wrap up the event.

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