Apple updates media player line up, unveils Ping
Apple has unveiled updates to its iPod range, Apple TV, iTunes and Ping, music-based social network
Apple has unveiled a major new update of its music player line up, with new models of the iPod Touch, Nano and Shuffle, a new Apple TV, and a new version of iTunes software complete with a music-based social network application, called Ping.
The new updates were revealed by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, at an event in San Francisco.
The new iPod Touch, runs on Apple's A4 processor, with the latest version iOS 4.1. The new model is the thinnest and lightest iPod Touch that the company has produced, with up to 40 hours of music playback and seven hours of video playback on a single battery charge, according to Apple, available in 8GB 32GB and 64GB models.
Among the new features of the new Touch are an improved screen - called Retina display - with 960 x 640 pixels for a 326 pixels per inch density, for high quality display; a front-facing camera and microphone, so Touch users can make FaceTime video calls over Wi-Fi; a rear-facing camera for HD video recording; 3-axis gyro for better games control, support for Apple Ping and the new Game Centre service, which provides an online games service for players to match up with opponents or friends.
Jobs said: "We've put our most advanced technology inside the new iPod touch. Whether you're listening to music, playing games, making FaceTime video calls, browsing the web, capturing HD video or watching TV shows and movies, the new iPod touch with its Retina display, A4 chip and 3-axis gyro is more fun than ever."
At the smallest end of the market, Apple has redesigned the iPod Shuffle, changing the form factor and increasing battery life.
The 2GB Shuffle includes a clickable ring button and Apple VoiceOver technology for navigating music, and provides up to 50% more battery life and 15 hours of music playback. The Shuffle also has support for Genius Mixes from iTunes, and is available in silver, blue, green, orange and pink colours.
The new Nano has also been redesigned, to now include Apple's Multi-Touch interface that lets users navigate their music collection by simply tapping or swiping a finger on the display. The new Nano is nearly half the size and weight of the previous generation, and includes a built-in clip, built in FM radio and a built-in pedometer to track your steps with support for Nike + iPod, giving users the ability to track runs and workouts.
The Nano also features Genius Mixes, the ability to create and edit playlists, and Shake to Shuffle, where the user just has to shake the Nano to activate shuffle play.
The new Nano will provide, 24 hours of music playback on a single battery charge, and will be available in 8GB and 16GB models in silver, graphite, blue, green, orange and pink.
Primarily for the US market, Apple has also updated its Apple TV, cutting the size and the price to $99 for the US, with support for HD content, and streaming content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe.
In the software arena, Apple has launched a new version of iTunes, iTunes 10, which includes Ping, , a music-oriented social network, which will allow users to follows both artists and friends, share playlists and opinions on music downloaded from iTunes and concert listings and alerts. Ping will be compatible with both desktop PCs and iPhone and iPod Touch.
"iTunes is the number one music community in the world, with over 160 million iTunes users in 23 countries, and now we're adding social networking with Ping," said Jobs. "With Ping you can follow your favorite artists and friends and join a worldwide conversation with music's most passionate fans."
Pricing and availability of all the new iPod models in the UAE are to be confirmed.