I’ve remembered this event almost every year for the past four years or so, and every year I’ve been blown away with the amount of great features Apple have included in all of their products. As much as I’m a total iPhone and Mac person, it’s nice to see that Apple don’t ignore those who cannot afford or just want a simple music player. Whatever it is you want, Apple have got some great additions to their music players!
The iPod Touch has always appealed to me as being a competitor to handheld games consoles, it’s going almost the same punch as them, but with the same sort of features to that of the iPhone or iPad(albeit without the same screen size). With this update to the iPod Touch we get the same 4″ screen size of the iPhone 5, an updated A5 CPU, a thinner body, and a much lighter weight of 88g. Perfect for slipping in your pocket and ignoring the world, exactly what you want to do with a music player of this calibre! The battery improvements in this update also mean that we’ve got up to 40 hours of time to listen to music!
The iPod touch also comes with an updated camera, now 5mp and now shoots 720p video on the front facing camera, nifty stuff. What is very nice, one thing that makes it a very desirable product is the inclusion of Siri of which is included now in this, the iPhone 4S and 5, and iPad 3rd gen. Apple are really making it difficult for me to not blow out the overdraft on their products!
As far as physical appearances go, the iPod Touch now comes in a number of different colours, ranging from black, white, yellow, blue, silver, slate and pink. A new spin I suppose for Apple with their iPod Touch range, but nonetheless a more appealing and interesting way to show off your music player. On top of this we’re also getting a bit of a security feature, many of my friends complain to me about how easy it is to damage their iPhones or iPod Touches by dropping it, and it seems Apple have listened to their consumer base by adding a hook to secure a lanyard to. This means that when taking photographs, or simply holding the device you have a bit of a backup if you ever get butter fingers!
The iPod Touch is coming in 32 and 64GB variations, pre-orders on the 14th September, but of course last years models will still be available at a slightly cheaper price.
Now this is something I didn’t quite expect, and quite honestly I’m not sure if I like it so much. When Apple redesigned the iPod Nano before they made it very appealing to have as a small square shaped clip on music player, with the ability to use it as a (very very geeky) wrist watch.
With this redesign Apple have made the iPod Nano taller, and redesigned the graphical interface so that it’s somewhat-almost-kinda-maybe-not-so-much-like the rest of their range. With the addition of multi-touch features, bluetooth functionality, a built-in pedometer and an FM Tuner it has made this iPod into a nice addition to the fleet.
Of course this iPod comes in a multitude of colours, the same as the iPod Touch, with a special Product(RED) version too.
Unfortunately Apple didn’t make much mention toward a redesign to their iPod Shuffle, so we’re just getting the same product as before, what a shame.
The headphones that have been included with Apple products in the past have always struck me as being a bit of a lacklustre addition, almost as though they’re not so fussed on including the best of the best. Though judging by Jony Ive’s introduction, it seems they’ve really taken consideration into making these the best headphones yet. With a new name, new design and more bespoke design with their sound quality, it looks like I might be changing my mind about these fairly soon!