Steve Jobs Unveils New iPods, Apple TV, iOS, and Social Music Network
In his typical black shirt and jeans, Steve Jobs unveiled a few new Apple products this afternoon, including some new iPod models, a refreshed Apple TV, and a new iOS that may improve your no-bars iPhone 4. Jobs also showed off a new social music network that's “Twitter and Facebook meets iTunes.” Check out the details after the jump.
- iPod Shuffle: Back to the square design; will hold 4gb in 5 colors. $49.
- iPod Nano: Touch-screen, square design, in seven different colors. 8 gb for $149, 16 gb for $179.
- iPod Touch: Jobs claimed that iPod touch is now the most prevalent portable gaming device in the world (that you never use), over both Sony and Nintendo combined. The new iPod touch is thinner, has Apple’s Retina display (sharper), 1 GHz A4 processor (you figure that one out), a front-facing camera with FaceTime, and rear-facing camera with 720p HD recording. 8 gb for $228; 32 gb for $299; 64 gb for $399.
- iOS 4.1: Bug fixes, HDR photos, adds Game Center, fixes Bluetooth issues. Also will allow HD video uploads to YouTube in addition to TV show rentals (at only 99 cents). Look for this post Labor Day.
- Apple TV: New smaller design (a quarter the size) adds support for Netflix, eliminates syncing and movie/TV show purchasing. You now rent everything, including those 99-cent shows and $4.99 first-run movies. The unit runs $99.
Jobs also offered a preview to its new “social music discovery service,” which is part of the new iTunes 10. It’s called Ping and Jobs painted it as “Twitter and Facebook meets iTunes” (aka more annoying status updates from people who tweet every single second and definitely slay a lot of birds). Ping allows you to design a virtual group of friends, who you then can share music likes, dislikes, purchases, and recommendations. Ping will let you know of new tracks your friends found, nearby concerts, and any items “posted” by friends. Ping also works on the iPhone and iPod touch. The new iTunes 10, which gets a new logo and some more streamlined music organization, is now available for download.
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