Amidst iPhone 5 developments and court cases, Apple have managed to overhaul the iPod line in their spare time. Sales exceeding 350 million have made iPod is the world’s most popular music player and sparkly new functionality will only add to the numbers with slimmer, smarter devices and polished features in a variety of their yummy signature candy colours.
New iPod Nano
The seventh generation of the iPod Nano probably sees the biggest change to the existing models with a 2.5 inch multi-touch display much like the iPhone. It may be a little longer as a result but the device remains slim and light to carry at only 5.4 mm. The smaller Lightning connector makes a debut here, replacing the familiar 30-pin connector found in Apple devices until now. The Nano will feature an FM tuner, Bluetooth for wireless music streaming, photo storage as per the last version and built-in Nike+ fitness application. It also boasts 16GB of storage and the longest battery life available on iPod’s so far, allowing up to thirty hours of use for a retail price of $149.
New iPod Touch
Size and weight were definitely a focus this time around, with the iPod Touch also sporting a thinner, lighter frame at only 6.1 mm thick and a weight of 88 grams. The display has been upgraded to the 4 inch Retina display as seen on the iPhone 5 as well as the mighty A5 processor that is said to produce “up to seven times the graphics performance of the previous generation” according to Greg Joswiak, Apple’s VP of iPhone and iPod product marketing. The camera has been upgraded to a front-facing 5 Megapixel feature with autofocus, LED flash, image stabilization, face detection, iPhoto, video recording capabilities and iMovie, Apple’s home movie-making app. A colourful wristband also makes it look and feel more like a camera which is a nice touch. A lot of the iPhone’s functions have been mirrored on this device, including the new and improved Siri, Wi-Fi, AirPlay functionality so that all your data and gaming can be viewed and shared on your big screen just as with Apple TV – all powered by iOS6. The 32GB version will be retailing for $299 and the 64GB one for $399.
New iPod Shuffle
With so much else going on it seems Apple decided to leave the Shuffle as is – more than enough updates for one roll-out I suppose? It’s difficult to see the difference between the new and old Shuffles according to Gizmodo.com but as this device is designed to be the small, cheap ‘work-out-soundtrack’ cousin of the other iPods it probably makes sense that nothing needs to be changed except for a few new colours to match to your gym outfit. At $50 for 2GB it’s still a good optional extra with a purpose to serve.
The iTunes store will also see a few changes, with a new look and ‘dramatically simpler and cleaner interface’ putting your content at the forefront and making searching your library a lot easier as stated on the Apple website. An ‘Up Next’ feature has been added to queue and arrange up-coming songs and synchronisation with iCloud means you can start a movie on your iPad, pause and continue watching on your Mac or PC later. The update will be effective late October.