Apple Unveils Larger iPod Touch, New Nano
Apple today unveiled a revamped iPod touch and iPod nano lineup.
Both devices will include Apple's new 8-pin dock connector, which Cupertino has dubbed Lightning.
Pre-orders for the new iPod touch - which will come in pink, yellow, blue, white and silver, black, and slate - begin Sept. 14 and it will be available in stores starting in October. The 32GB model will be $299 while the 64GB version will set you back $399. The existing black and white, fourth-generation iPod touch will still be available: $199 for the 16GB and $249 for the 32GB.
The new iPod nano will also be available in October and will cost $149 for the 16GB version.
A 2GB iPod shuffle will sell for $49 in pink, yellow, blue, green, purple, and silver. RED versions of all three iPods will also be on sale.
Rumor Points to Taller Apple iPod Nano
Apple's next iPod nano could be getting a makeover, once again returning to the taller form factor of years past, according to a new report.
Japanese Apple-focused blog Macotara, citing a "reliable Chinese source," reported this week that the seventh-generation iPod nano will once again sport a rectangular display, which would likely be a touch screen. For those not keeping up, the current nano iteration has a square form factor, and looks similar to an iPod shuffle, only with a 240-by-240-pixel touch screen on the front instead of a click wheel.
In addition to a rectangular form factor, the new iPod nano may have a circular home button like the one currently found on Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. It may also feature a "dedicated new iTunes service," according to the report.
The refreshed device could arrive this fall alongside an overhaul of Apple's iTunes. Details in the report appear to have come from a source who saw a leaked case for the next-gen device. Apple typically overhauls its iPod lineup once a year in the fall, so the move is not completely unexpected.
Apple Replacing First-Gen iPod Nano Due to Overheating Risk
Apple is offering replacements for its first-generation iPod nano, which includes a battery that might overheat.
Affected devices were sold between September 2005 and December 2006, Apple said in a note on its Web site. But according to Cupertino, the overheating has occurred only in "very rare cases."
Other versions of the iPod are not affected. The first-generation devices have a black or white plastic front and a silver metal back.
"This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect," Apple said. "While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages."
The company urged users to stop using their first-generation iPod nano and order a replacement online. You'll need your iPod nano serial number to verify eligibility, and Apple will send a replacement unit about six weeks after it receives the current model.
Apple Unveils Updated iPod Nano, Touch
Apple on Tuesday announced two updates to its iPod line, including a nano with swipe features and a revamped iPod touch.
The new iPod touch will incorporate iOS 5, which Apple's Phil Schiller said is a "tremendous upgrade" for the device. That includes access to iMessage, Apple's version of BlackBerry Messenger.
Apple's iMessage "brings the functionality of iPhone messaging to your iPod touch, so you can easily send text messages, photos, videos and contact information to an individual or group on other iOS 5 devices," Apple said.
The new iPod touch also works with iCloud, which will be released on October 12 along with iOS 5. When content changes on one device, all your other devices are updated automatically and wirelessly.
The new iPod touch will be available in black and white. The 8GB will sell for $199, the 32GB will retail for $299, and you can buy the 64GB for $399.