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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Next generation Apple's announced! And it's a new Nano!

The next generation Apple iPod Nano has been announced and this time round it packs a larger colour display, a video camera, a speaker and microphone, a FM radio, and a pedometer. All that with no changes to its current size or packaging of the current iPod Nano. WOW! They did this to make an attempt to capture the video market (that the Flip Video has been having) that's been on the up and up in the last few years.

The new iPod Nano will be available in the same nine colours and said to be on sale as of today. Retail prices for the new device will be £115 for the 8GB model and £135 for the 16GB model. The 8GB model holds up to 2,000 songs, 7,000 photos, 8 hours of video and 7 hours of captured video where the 16GB model doubles the figures.

Head over to your nearest Apple store to check it out or online store. Detailed technical specifications can be found here.

Other items announced at the Apple Keynote includes:

  • Firmware 3.1 for the iPod Touch and iPhone with new features, including Genius for apps – Genius will suggest apps based on the apps you own

  • 30,000 ringtones from major labels will be available for the iPhone, priced at $1.29 (UK price – probably 99p, we’d guess)

  • iTunes 9, which should be available this evening and includes:

    • Genius mixes

    • Improved syncing

    • The ability to share songs between authorised computers

    • app management (drag, drop and delete apps, move between pages)

    • iTunes LP (known previous as Cocktail) – interactive photos, videos, memorabilia, chronology, liner notes and all that old stuff that the elderly will remember getting with LPs when music was still music and had a tune you could hum

  • A new 64GB iPod Touch for £299 as well as a 32GB for £229 and a new entry level price for the 8GB Touch at £149

  • The iPod Classic gets a 160GB version for £189

  • The iPod Shuffle is available in new colours at a new prices. £45 for 2GB, £59 for 4GB and a polished stainless steel 4GB special edition for £75

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