Apple launch: New iPod Shuffle and Nano, plus what's in store for iOS4.2

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This is a guest post from Shiny Shiny’s Anna Leach, who was on hand today at Apple’s big launch event. First up, some news on the latest builds of the iOS software, followed by details on the new iPod Nano and Shffle models.

A lot of bugs have been fixed, iPhone 3G performance bugs, proximity bugs.
Then there are some newbies coming too…. here they are…

HDR photos
– that’s High Dynamic Range Photos and to humanoids like us that means each time you take a picture it actually takes 3 photos at different exposures. Then combines them using an alogorithym.
Game Center
An API for multiplayer games for developers. Expect some pretty little games. Epic games show off Sword a multiplayer fighting game, it’s a bit phallic.
expect also TV show rentals.
iOS4.1 for iPhone and for iPod touch available next week….

And for iPad users, there’s iOS4.2
You can print, you can multitask and you can stream the screen of your iPad to a different screen. Pretty good. This is all about the iPad, and Pad users have been waiting for it long enough.
Printing wirelessly will be available, as will a feature called Aeroplane letting you stream to different screens. We like it. Will make the iPad a lot more functional. Pity it’s not out for two months…

iOS4.2 coming out in November

Stats on the old iOS:
iOS devices – 120million devices shipped.
230,000 new activations a day (doesn’t include
6.5 billion apps downloaded – 200 per second
250,000 apps on the app store

But today is really all about the ‘Pods. The gist is they’re getting smaller and better.

The Shuffle
Small, by god it’s small
15 hours of music on one charge.
5 colours
The sweetest feature may be the price – $49 dollars

The Nano
46% smaller
Multitouch screen
Volume buttons
7 colours
24 hours of music playback
$149 – 8gb
$189 – 16gb
It looks like a large square button, smaller than the palm of your hand and plays radio, podcasts and shows photos. Pretty dinky.

Gerald Lynch
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