Saturday, September 04, 2010

Apple's New Product Upgrades: New iPods, Apple TV Revamped, More

Unless you've been living under a rock (or are vacationing in a coastal area with limited Internet access, as I am), you've heard about Apple's product announcements at its Sept 1 shindig.

As usual for these Fall announcements, this one was heavy on the music-related products, and that means refreshes to the iPod line.

The iPod Touch has been revised, and now comes with FaceTime, the "retina display," HD video recording, and Game Center.

There is a new, smaller iPod Nano that returns the the squarish form factor and eliminates the clickwheel with a multitouch screen. The unit is said to be lighter and have longer battery life, and like the iPod Shuffle that it now resembles, it has a built-in clip for attaching to shirt, belt, etc. The new iPod Nano retains the previous version's pedometer and other features, but drops the video camera.

Speaking of the iPod Shuffle, it now contains a control panel for the first time.

Apple TV has been revised yet again, with a new focus on streaming content. Apple has signed up with ABC, Fox, and Netflix as initial partners in this new effort. Ninety-nine cent rentals are part of the new strategy.

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