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New iPod Family

September 2, 2010 - Dave Hecei

On Wednesday, the first of September, Apple held a Fall music event. As with previous Fall events, this one was also held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Touted as a music event, Apple announced an all new iPod lineup, plus one more thing.

All of Apple's iPods, except for the iPod Classic, have been redesigned. From the low-end on up there is the Shuffle, Nano, and Touch. Apple states that this is the biggest change in the iPod line ever.

The Shuffle is the lowest priced iPod, and the most basic model. It is now square shaped and has a built-in clip. It looks more like the 2nd generation Shuffle than the previous "pack-of-gum" model. It has 2GB of storage and is $49. It comes in five colors.

The Nano, which used to be Apple's most popular model, is also now square shaped. Gone are buttons, which have been replaced by an Apple touch screen. The size of the new Nano will amaze you. It is not much bigger than the new Shuffle – 1.48 by 1.61 inches. It’s available with either 8GB or 16GB of storage. Prices are $149 and $179. It comes in seven colors.

The last new iPod is now, according to Apple, the most popular iPod. I am talking about the iPod Touch. Just a few months ago, Apple released the iPhone 4. Since the Touch is based on the iPhone it makes sense that the new Touch has been updated to match.

The new Touch has the same Apple A4 processor used in both the new iPhone and the iPad. The best part of the new Touch is the Retina touch screen that was introduced on the new iPhone. This high-resolution 3.5-inch screen shows an amazing 960 by 640 pixels.

Although it doesn’t really look like the new iPhone 4, the Touch has many of the same features and functions. It does have the same two cameras, one on the back for HD video and one on the front for Apple’s new FaceTime.

The Touch also runs the latest iOS 4, Apple’s mobile operating system based on OS X. With iOS 4 you have access to some of the new Apps, like iMovie Mobile, iBooks, and the up-coming Apple Game Center. The new Touch is available with 8GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage and priced at $229, $299, and $399.


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