The Apple event focused very much in music but also some other good things as well.
The IOS 4.1 will be coming for Ipod touch and Iphone only users and will be a free update. It will have the proximity bug fixed, bluetooth and Iphone 3g bugs corrected. It will also have an update for High Dynamic Range photos “HDR” included in the photo and camera application itself. It will also be able to send HD movies over wi-fi to YouTube and other different websites.
The IOS 4.1 will also include tv show rentals and something called game center. The game center is more or less like Xbox live for your Apple device.
Apple also gave a sneak peek of IOS 4.2 for the Ipad, Ihphone and Ipod touch but not for all models. It will give features that the Iphone have but also wi-fi printing from your Ipad, Airplay where you can start watching a movie from your Ipad but with a press of a button send the movie and watch it at your Apple tv instead as an example. IOS 4.2 will be coming in November.
All the new Ipods will also have a brand new design except for Ipod classic that wasn’t mentioned at all. I guess it will be around until all the stock have sold out.
The Ipod Shuffle is now square-shaped and now have buttons and 15 hours of battery life. It will cost $49 for the 2 gb version and it will come in a lot of colours.
The Ipod Nano is now a very small square with touchscreen with multitouch. It is 46 % smaller and 42% lighter than the previous nano. It also have a FM radio, Nike+ and pedometer and comes in 29 different languages and in different colours. It will have 24 hours of battery life which is really good! The price is $149 for the 8 gb version and $179 for the 16 gb version. It is a bit expensive in my opinion but it will be interesting to see how this will sell compared to the other models.
The Ipod Touch is the most popular in the line-up. It is very slim and looks a bit like the Iphone 4 but it is not the same design. It has the Retina display for really good image quality, the Apple A4 chip, 3 axis gyro, Ios 4.1 with game center for multiplayer games and Facetime with a front camera. It also have a rear facing camera which can shoot hd 720p video as well. The ipod touch is now very much like the Iphone but without the phone function. It got 40 hours of battery life for music playback which is great!
The prices will be $229 for the 8 gb, $299 for the 32 gb and $399 for the 64 gb version. The prices are quite high in my opinion but is still a little cheaper than buying an Iphone separately without a contract. If you live in the US you can preorder today and the products will be launched this coming week!
Itunes 10 was released and they have included social interaction called Ping. With Ping people can see what songs you buy and follow people like on Twitter.
The also released the new Apple tv. It is about 1/4 of the size of the previous one and got wi-fi, ethernet, hdmi. Also comes with a remote. The price is only $99 dollars and it will be streaming. Now you can’t buy things anymore just rent. $4.99 for renting hd movie and 99 cents for renting a tv show from ABC and Fox, you can also connect it with your Netflix account. It will be coming in the next four weeks.
Some of these products will probably not have the same functionality in Europe and same prices. Also there is also the delay of launching products in Europe which is quite stupid and more or less never mentioned by Apple in these events…
But for the coming months we can look forward to much coming Apple products and IOS updates and already a couple of million of people have connected to Ping and the future will tell how successfull it will be….