Apple CEO Steve Jobs used today's "The beat goes on" media event in San Francisco to announce the iPod touch. It's basically an iPhone without the phone and email. It's a full screen iPod that's 8mm thick with almost all of the features of the iPhone–except the annual contract.
Features of the iPod touch:
- Multi-touch display
- Cover Flow
- Large album art
Update: Engadget spotted a Bluetooth icon in some iPod touch screen shots but Apple has confirmed that Bluetooth is not included in the touch. Oh well, so much for dreams of AVRCP and stereo A2DP grandeur.
- 8GB - 30 hours of battery (audio) and five hours battery (v) - US$299
- 16GB - 40 hours of battery life (A) and seven hours battery (v) - US$399
- In stores this weekend
Apple has re-branded the previous model as the "iPod Classic."
Other new iPods:
iPod shuffle – Getting new colors; "Holiday 2007 we're going to give it some new colors, when you see these in person you're going to love them. We also have something called the PRODUCT(RED) nano..."
iPod nano – Yes, it's true folks, the nano has gone stumpy. "Larger 2-inch screen, it's going to look the same as it did on the iPod video, it's the same QVGA resolution. We've achieved this with a screen with the highest pixel density we've ever shipped." Battery life is 24 hours (A), 5 hours (V). 4GB US$149, 8GB US$199. In stores this weekend.
One more thing:
iTunes WiFi Music Store – Browsing the iTunes store is similar to the iTunes experience on a computer. Tap a song to preview, tap the download button to download. The next time you dock your iPod Touch to your computer, it’ll sync the song to iTunes. There’s a featured section, as well as search (searches everything). The iTunes WiFi Music Store has the same selection as the regular iTunes store.
Apple drops the iPhone price by $200 – Beginning today Apple will sell the 8GB iPhone for US$399 (a whopping $200 price drop) and the 4GB model will be sold "while supplies last." No word on what the 4GB price will be.
From the source:
- The Apple Store updated
- The Apple.com updated ("Meet the best iPods ever.")
- The Apple PR Web site updated (six new releases!)
- Apple's iPod + iTunes Web site updated
- Software Update (nada)
(Pictures courtesy of Engadget)