During this morning’s press event in Cupertino, Apple’s big announcement was the iPhone 4S, but the company also added some small updates to its iPod Nano and iPod Touch.
The iPod Nano has come a long way since its first release in 2005, when it replaced the iPod Mini. It originally came in just two colors, was much larger with a small screen, and had only a maximum of 4GB of storage. The 2011 iPod Nano has a vibrantly colored multi-touch screen, 16GBs of storage, and a lower price.
The new Nano has an improved interface with a multi-touch screen, to make it easier to navigate through menus and music. Apple really liked those watchbands that people created for the Nano, and so the 2011 version features 16 different clock displays. It also comes in seven metallic rainbow colors. There’s a new built-in pedometer function, which allows you to track walking and running, without requiring an extra device like the Nike shoe insert that previous versions of the Nano required. Finally, Apple dropped the price of the Nano to $129 for the 8GB version and $149 for the 16GB version.
Apple’s iPod Touch has come a long way too, starting out in 2007 with a thick, iPhone 3G tapered design and has slowly morphed into an amazing hand-held device with a retina display, ultra slim design, and two cameras. The iPod Touch, according to Apple, is the most popular portable game player in the world.
The form factor and the hardware aren’t changing in the iPod Touch, but iOS 5 will add some impressive new features that transform the iPod Touch into an even more functional device. These features include iMessage, which is Apple’s new internal messaging service, similar to the Blackberry Messenger, and iCloud, which will allow the iPod Touch to share and access data from all of your devices. The 2011 iPod Touch will also be available in white, and has new pricing: 8GB for $199, 32GB for $299, and 64GB for $399.
The Nano will be available for purchase today either online or at your local Apple Store, and the iPod Touch will be shipped on on October 12th, with the release of iOS 5, but is currently available for pre-orders.
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