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:
- 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
- Significantly smaller design (Apple claims that it is the “world’s smallest mp3 player”.)
- Offered in one configuration – 1Gb.
- Player is now brushed silver in design.
- Price – $79
- Ships in October 2006
- 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.
- 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.
One More Thing…..
- 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”.
One More LAST Thing….
- 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:
- 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