I can't figure out what Apple wants from the iPod Nano.
The gadget maker introduced the seventh generation of its smallest portable media player this afternoon, and much to my surprise, the dimensions grew to incorporate a larger screen.
All of Apple's products have shrunk over the years -- the iPod begets the iPod Mini begets the Nano, and so forth -- but this year they grew. Indeed, the iPhone 5 grew taller as it grew thinner, echoing past updates to the iPod Nano. (See the evolution below.)
But the Nano model has ballooned and shrunk with each … Read more
Apple has added its digital assistant, Siri, to the iPod Touch, the company announced at its event in San Francisco today.
The change was included with upgrades that are also included on Apple's new iPhone 5. As CNET reporters at the event and on CNET's live blog noted, Apple has made a Touch that emulates the functions of an iPhone, without the phone service.
The device is also available in a myriad of bright colors and with a wrist strap, which may indicate that Apple is shooting for a younger crowd for the device.
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The latest iPod Touch sports a 4-inch screen just like its iPhone 5 counterpart.
Unveiled by Apple today, the new Touch measures a thin 6.1mm and weighs in at a svelte 88 grams, making it the thinnest and lightest iPad Touch yet.
Powered by the A5 chip currently found in the iPhone 4S, the new Touch is designed to kick in with a faster performance than its predecessor.
Apple says that the dual-core A5 makes the new Touch seven times faster than the previous model at graphics performance. The new model also boasts a battery life that offers 40 … Read more
The new iPod Nano will please people who've been craving a larger display. But those who want to wear one as a watch are out of luck.
Apple said today that it wanted to "reinvent the product," and it's done just that. The new Nano sports a 2-inch, multitouch screen, almost resembling a traditional MP3 player. The latest model is also 40 percent thinner than the sixth-generation version.
A new volume rocker on the side lets users play, pause, and scroll through the music, while the built-in FM tuner includes a live pause feature.
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If it looks like an iPhone and walks like an iPhone, it must be an iPhone, right? Yet the iPod Touch isn't quite there.
Sure, you can install a voice-over-IP app like Fring, Line2 (a personal favorite), or Skype and make calls over Wi-Fi, but you still have to plug in a headset or rely on the speakerphone -- you can't hold the iPod up to your head and talk into it like you do an iPhone.
Not yet, anyway. Indiegogo project MorphCase lets you use your iPod Touch like an iPhone, effectively replacing the need for a … Read more
The iPhone and iPad get all the ink nowadays, but I think the iPod Touch is one of the single greatest gadgets ever built. It does nearly everything an iPhone can, but with a thinner form factor and without the monthly fees.
Today only, and while supplies last, Woot Sellout has the refurbished current-generation iPod Touch 8GB for $139.99, plus $5 for shipping. I'm pretty sure that's the lowest price I've seen on this model.
Update: Wow, my batting average is a disaster this week. Woot has already sold out. My apologies, cheeps.
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Earlier this week I did a quick article on what Apple would name its next iPhone. Of the more than 4,000 readers who voted in our poll, 40 percent thought the next iPhone would be called "The New iPhone." Coming in second was "iPhone 5" with 34 percent of the vote.
If the rumors are true -- and there are plenty of indications they are -- Apple will not only be introducing a new iPhone in September, but a smaller iPad as well, despite Steve Jobs' apparent disdain for smaller tablets.
For a while, tech … Read more
Is there a worse feeling than seeing your iPod Touch smack the ground and hearing the unmistakable crack of glass?
Just one: picking up the iPod and realizing the screen is shattered top-to-bottom. That was one expensive attack of gravity.
This happened to my daughter not long ago, resulting in a fourth-gen iPod Touch that, remarkably, still worked, but really wasn't usable anymore owing to the spider web of cracked glass.
As the household cheapskate, I figured it would be cheaper to repair the unit than buy a new one. After all, a current 32GB iPod Touch sells … Read more
It isn't Sony's first Walkman to run Android (in January the company unveiled the Z series) nor is Sony the first company to use Android for media players. Samsung and Archos, for example, have used the OS, with the Galaxy Player 4.2 being Sammy's most recent example.
Yet, for all the success that Android smartphones have reaped, there are no top-selling media players running Google's OS at its … Read more