Apple has announced the new iPod lineup today at their “It’s only rock and roll event.” The only iPod to include the much rumored camera was the new Nano. While the storage capacity went up and the prices dropped across the board, only the new Nano saw dramatic improvements.
Let’s take a look at the new lineup.
New 32GB & 64GB models will have enhanced Open GL (faster/better graphics.) We may start to see model specific requirements for games in the not so near future. The entry level price point is now $199 for the 8GB.
The biggest news here is that there was no news. No camera, no GPS, no mic and no compass. Nothing from our wish-list was added.
8GB – $199
32GB – $299
64GB – $399
Stays the same as before, but the storage is increased from 120GB to 160GB.
Glad they kept this one in the lineup as these are great for use in the car or for mirroring your entire iTunes library. Until the memory capacity on the Touch reaches over 100Gbs, there will still be a market for the Classic.
Wasn’t expecting any new features on this model, as the Classic has been more of a utility device than a full feature filled one.
160GB – $249
Built in video camera (but no stills.) Speaker. Mic. FM Radio. Pedometer. 2.2 inch display. New glossy colors.
This one may be the hot ticket item this holiday season.
Apple has used a new polished aluminum finish that looks great (in pics at least.) Depending on durability, this new finish would look nice on new MacBooks.
8GB – $149
16GB – $179
New colors – pink, green, blue, silver, black and special edition stainless steel. 3rd party headphones are now available that can control playback. Shuffle talks to you (i.e. your battery is running low.)
The lack of buttons (you have to either voice control, or use special headphones) was viewed by many as a mistake and the rumors were that Apple would be changing the design of the shuffle yet again.
It seems that Apple believes in the current form factor.
2GB – $59
4GB – $79
All models are available now (except the 64GB Touch which shows a ship date of 1 to 2 days.) You can check out all of the new iPods (and iTunes 9) here.