Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Apple refreshes iPod touch: Now in white, 8GB model dropped to $199, available October 12




Apple’s marketing honcho Phil Schiller took it upon himself to unveil a refreshed iPod touch lineup, which now includes both black and white models (remember, we called both), plus a new breakthrough price of just $199. The iPod touch is Apple’s “most popular iPod”, Schiller told the crowd, adding this:

It’s thin, it has the Retina Display. HD video. Gyro. Amazing gameplay. It’s the most popular music player, and the #1 portable game player.
The revamped models look the same as the fourth-generation iPod touch, which was available only in black. The new iPod touches now come in both black and white. As mentioned, the entry-level 8GB version now starts out at just $199. Apple is clearly positioning this device as a portable gaming machine, aiming with it directly at Sony and Nintendo.

So, the new iPod touch lineup now looks like this: The 8/16/32GB white or black iPod touch for $199/$299/$399. It goes on sale October 12. Sweet.

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Apple unveils the iPhone 4S




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Apple’s Phil Schiller has just announced the iPhone 4S, which is both GSM and CDMA compatible, sports the new A5 chip, a redesigned 8-megapixel camera system, and dual core graphics up to 7 times faster than the previous iPhone. Full details below.

As 9to5Mac predicted, the iPhone 4S will be available in 16GB ($199), 32GB ($299), and 64GB ($399) models. Pre-orders start on October 7th followed by a public release on the 14th of October in US, Canada, Australia, the UK, France, Germany, and Japan. Twenty-two more countries will get the device on the 28th followed by over 70 countries by the end of the year.



As part of the new camera system, you can now record 1080p HD video with real-time video image stabilization, and real-time temporal noise reduction. The new iPhone also includes a redesigned camera system that includes a new sensor and 8-megapixels for 60% more pixels than in the iPhone 4 camera. There is also a hybrid IR filter for “better color accuracy” and “more color uniformity”, and a 5 element lens resulting in 30% more sharpness. Schiller also notes face detection and improved white balance.

“We have an amazing lens system, five lens elements. It’s now a really wide f2.4. Compared to most point and shoots we can let in a lot of light.”




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Apple announces refreshed nano lineup, available today




Apple’s Phil Schiller just announced slightly refreshed iPod nanos. It appears to be largely the same design as the current nano with an altered UI allowing you to swipe through large icons. They’ve also included improved Nike+ fitness features, and included 16 new watch faces. We’ve also learned (via MacStories)that the 2010 iPod nanos will be able to get the new features via a firmware update.

The iPod nano will be available starting today in seven colors for $129 for 8GB and $149 for 16GB.

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iCloud launches October 12, iTunes Match end of October in the U.S., Find My Friends announced




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Eddy Cue, Apple’s new iTunes/iCloud chief, has just one through a series of iCloud features at the company’s Cupertino, California campus. He covered the stuff Steve Jobs already explained during his WWDC keynote talk this past summer, including Documents in the Cloud, Photo Stream, iTunes in the Cloud and redownloading purchased content.

The Find My Phone feature which pinpoints a lost or stolen iOS device on the world map has been renamed simply Find My Devices, suggesting Macs will be added at some point, too. He also announced Find My Friends, a new service along those lines which displays location of friends on a map using location services from their iOS device. Eagled-eyed readers will remember 9to5Mac broke news of Find My Friends back in January 2011.

Some have already coined a new name for it: The iOS Latitude. Don’t worry, you have privacy controls at your disposal allowing you to set Location sharing to only happen during set periods of time and you can control with whom to share your location.

This will no doubt be the parents’ favorite. Find My Friends, as you may have guessed, will be provided as a brand new app for your iOS device.The iTunes Match service will go live at the end of October in the United States. Apple is working on enabling it internationally, Cue said. Surprisingly, Cue said that the iTunes Match streams music and stores in intelligently on the device. As you may recall, there has been some concern over whether the music-matching service streams or not.

The iCloud, which replaces the MobileMe (which in itself was an advanced version of .Mac) goes online for everyone October 12, just like the final shipping version of iOS 5.

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iOS 5 is coming October 12 as a free update




iOS is coming next Wednesday, October 12, Scott Forstall just said at the “Let’s talk iPhone” event in Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. We’re also expecting the new iPhone to go on sale October 14-ish or around that time. Mark your calendar and clean up and back up personal information on your iOS devices to make a major upgrade as painless as possible come next Wednesday. The software will roll out to all devices October 12, he said. It will be a free update, compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, the original iPad, iPad 2 and the third- and fourth-generation iPod touch.


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Apple unveils new greeting ‘Cards’ iPhone app




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Scott Forstall is onstage at the Apple media event right now introducing a new iOS app called “Cards” that allows you to “create and mail beautiful cards right from your iPhone or iPod touch.” It comes with over 21 template designs for greeting cards.

Interestingly, Apple will provide you with high quality prints of your greeting cards mailed to you on 100% cotton paper. You’ll even get a push notification when the greeting card is delivered.

The app will be available free on Oct. 12th with prints going for $2.99 in the US and $4.99 elsewhere.

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Apple: iPad is king of the hill, we sold 250 million iOS devices




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Apple CEO Tim Cook focused on iPad, Apple’s newest business during an opening segment of his “Let’s talk iPhone” talk at Apple’s Cupertino campus. “We think iPads can change the way teachers teach, and kids learn. Many educators agree with us. In fact, every state in the US, now has an iPad pilot program, or are deploying one,” he said while showing pretty slides depicting a range of different iPad users flashing happy smiles.

The device has a 95 percent satisfaction rates, he stressed . More importantly, “kids are going to be amazing on those virtual keyboards when they grow up”. How true. And he wasn’t referring only to kids in the United States.

Pilots are using iPads in place of heavy flight manuals and “over 80 percent of the top hospitals in the US are testing or piloting iPads”. Impressive. “And it doesn’t stop there, from the boardroom to the backroom”, Cook said, remarking:

And despite everybody and their brother trying to compete with iPad, 3 out of the 4 tablets sold in the US are iPads.
Another unheard of number: 92% of the Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying iPad. Last, but not the least, Apple has passed the quarter of a billion sales mark with iOS devices.

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Cook: “iPod is still a large and important market for Apple”




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Another tidbit regarding the iPod. Apple’s music player brand still holds a 78 percent market share a decade since its launch. Quite impressive. They sold over 300 million iPods to date. “It took Sony 30 years to sell 220,000 Walkman cassette players,” Apple CEO Tim Cook remarked. We take it that means the iPod classic isn’t going away.

The iPod family of music players still have a lot to offer, he said, noting that nearly half of sales are from users who already own one. Apple shipped 45 million iPods from July of last year to June of this year. As for iTunes, the online music store now commands a 20 million songs-strong catalog. Remember, iTunes Store launched with just 200,000 songs.



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iPhone 4S gets upgrade to Bluetooth 4.0




Bluetooth 4.0 theoretically allows iPhone 4S devices to connect to the new MacBook Airs (And other BT 4.0 devices) at an extremely low power mode up to 50 meters or just over 150 feet away.


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Tim Cook: Lion has been downloaded 6 million times




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Tim Cook just took to the stage at Apple’s Let’s talk iPhone event and shared some of the incredible growth Mac OS X Lion has experienced since its launch.

“For the first time we’ve offered Mac OS as a digital download. The results are staggering, I’m proud to announce Lion has been downloaded 6 million times.”
Cook noted that it took Windows 7 over 20 weeks to reach an install base that Lion captured in just 2 weeks.

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Tim Cook: Apple’s Shaghai store welcomed 100,000 visitors on opening weekend




TTim Cook is onstage at Apple’s Cupertino campus and he just shared a few tidbits regarding Apple’s retail efforts. He specifically focused on the new Shanghai store, Apple’s largest in Asia. Calling it “absolutely gorgeous” (it is!), Cook said the locatonwelcomed 100,000 visitors on opening weekend. In fact, on opening day Apple sold more Macs than in any other store in the world. For comparison, the LA store took a month to reach its hundred thousandth visitor. As of today, Apple has 357 brick-and-mortar stores in eleven countries. Cook promised more store openings in order to “raise the bar at retail”.


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Apple's 'Let's Talk iPhone' keynote liveblog!




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