12
Sep
06

Apple Updates-A-Plenty (Including a Move to the Living Room!)

Today the folks from Cupertino really brought it strong. Lots of great updates for techies like me.

NOTE: All coverage comes courtesy of the good folks at:

Engadget, iLounge and MacRumors. (Folks like us who can’t make it there live and die by your guys. Thanks.)

Here we go:

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  • Now offered in three sizes: 2Gb, 4Gb and 8Gb models.
  • Slightly thinner design than previous Nano.
  • Offered in five colors, but….
  • Each model comes in different color offerings:
    • 2Gb offered in silver only.
    • 4Gb offered in silver, pink, blue and green.
    • 8Gb offered in silver, pink, blue, green and black (although the store appears to only be offering in black. Hmmm.)
  • Battery life increased to 24-hours.
  • Screen is 40% brighter.
  • Price – 2Gb – $149, 4Gb – $199, 8Gb – $249
  • Available today

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iPod Shuffle

  • Significantly smaller design (Apple claims that it is the “world’s smallest mp3 player”.)capbottomgalleryphoto20060912.jpg
  • Offered in one configuration – 1Gb.
  • Player is now brushed silver in design.
  • Price – $79
  • Ships in October 2006

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  • Same dimensions as previous 5G iPod.
  • Offered in two configurations – 30Gb and 80Gb.
  • 60% brighter display.
  • “Gapless playback”. (Sounds as if songs will fade in from one song to another without the pause.)
  • Improved battery life. (20 hours audio and 6.5 hours video playback for 80Gb model. 14 hours audio and 3.5 hours video playback for 30Gb model.)
  • New search feature, which allows user to use clickwheel to spell and search text.
  • Both sizes offered in black and white.
  • Price – $249 for 30Gb, $349 for 80Gb
  • Available today.

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  • Now offers games that are playable on 5G and new iPod with Video (including Zuma, Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, Bejeweled, Tetris and several others.
  • Games offered at $4.99 each.
  • iTunes now imports album art for your imported songs free. (Ed. note: We’ll have to see how this works.)
  • iTunes will now synch songs between computers using your iPod. If you have two machines both using the same iTunes account, Apple will synch the songs between both machines.
  • Now three different views offered: standard “List View”, “Album View” and “Cover Flow”……
  • “Cover Flow” – a new interface that allows user to ‘flip’ through album or movie covers as they would their physical movie and music collections. (Ed. note: I just tried this on the MacBook Pro. It’s niiiice.)
  • “iPod Summary” offers a visual color-coded breakdown of hard drive space allocated on iPod to audio vs. video vs. pictures and shows available free space.
  • Source list (column on left of iTunes display) now organized significantly more intuitively. Groups media according to type: Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, etc.
  • Videos and TV shows now encoded in H.264 at higher resolutions – four times the current resolution. (Former encoding was 320×240. New encoding is 640×480).
  • Free download available now.

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  • iTunes Store now offers full length movies.
  • 75 Movies offered initially from Disney studios.
  • Price – $9.99 for most movies. $12.99 for New Releases for first week — then price goes to $14.99. (Ed. Note: Steve fought hard for standard $9.99 across the board, but movie studios — even ones where he sits on the board — are greedy biatches.)
  • Studios offering movies are: Walt Disney, Touchstone, Miramax, Pixar. (Ed. Note: All Disney-owned studios.)
  • “Near DVD-Quality Encoding”. Same as TV Shows offered in 640×480 at H.264.
  • Connections at 5 mb/sec should download movies in 30 minutes.
  • Dolby Surround Sound
  • Parental controls enable blocking according to MPAA ratings.
  • Movie usage rights are same as rights offered for TV shows.
  • Movies offered same day as DVD releases.
  • Available in U.S. now — internationally “sometime in 2007”.

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  • Steve offers a special sneak peak at a product still in development.
  • Currently named “iTV”, but he admits that they will probably rename it.
  • Offers wireless transmission of audio and video from your Mac/PC to the television.
  • Thinner and wider than a Mac Mini — about half the size.
  • Power built into unit — no power adapter brick hanging from device.
  • Connects wirelessly via 802.11.
  • Connections offered:
    • USB
    • HDMI
    • Component Vide
    • RCA Audio (Left/Right Jacks)
    • Optical Audio
  • Works with standard Apple Audio remote.
  • iLounge says that interface appears like a “Next Generation Front Row”.
  • “Video access is instantaneous — like watching a DVD.”
  • “Looks very close to DVD Quality – Even on a large projector.”
  • Will work with iTunes on a PC or Mac.
  • iTV will let you play iTunes trailers “and selected iTunes content” (??)
  • Price – $299

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2 Responses to “Apple Updates-A-Plenty (Including a Move to the Living Room!)”


  1. November 28, 2006 at 5:06 am

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