As many of you know, Apple’s music event was on Wednesday, and they introduced some very interesting products, one being the Apple TV. Many of us were anticipating a new iPod Touch, after numerous part leaks. There were also new refreshes of the iPod Nano and Shuffle, including new controls and form factors. Although there was no iPhone segment the event was full of new Apple information.
The iPod Touch got a pretty big refresh, not only was it made thinner, but it was given a front facing camera and a rear one as well. The most visible change it has it it’s new retina screen, the same one in the new iPhone 4. The camera will be used for Facetime chatting with other ipods and iPhones. What I did find to be disappointing was the quality of the back camera, because it is no where near the 5 megapixels that iPhone 4 harnesses. I believe that Apple just needed to implement the front facing camera, and ditch the back one altogether. They should have waited until the technology was available for them to put a decent camera on the back, instead of rushing and adding a poor resolution one. The iPod Nano got some pretty major upgrades too, adapting the form factor of the new Shuffle and adding a multitouch screen. It ditched the camera and clicking wheel obviously, and it added a clip on the back for attaching it to clothing. The shuffle also got a few updates well, including the re-adoption of the physical click wheel. It was also given a clip on the back, for the same purpose as the one on the Nano. Other than those major physical features, the iPod lineup was not change drastically.
We also saw some previews of the new iOS software, including 4.1 for the iphone and iPod, coming next week, including HDR photos, which help improve the quality of the photos by taking different exposures of the same image. The most notable improvement is that it brings life back into the iPhone 3G, giving it major speed increases. It is also going to bring game center to the phone, allowing you to share scores and achievement. The most exciting update is probably iOS 4.2, which is set for release in November. It brings all of the great features on the iPhone to the iPad, including multitasking and folders, go name a few. Stay tuned for more Apple articles and rumors! If you want to learn more about the Apple TV, you can view my other article.