Apple patent applications either meet with resounding "I want that, give that to me now!" or "meh, why?" and it seems the reception to these iPod Bluetooth Headset illustrations is leaning toward the latter. The patent application shows a device similar in shape to the existing Apple Bluetooth headset, but that would have a detachable second earbud, an integrated display and onboard storage.
That storage would turn the headset into a full-blown iPod, similar to the shuffle. You would also be able to record voice notes, since it would have an integrated microphone, and of course it could be used for hands-free calling in the regular way. Apple's application also describe a form of basic automatic volume adjustment that would change earpiece volume depending on the ambient noise picked up by the microphone.
Apple have announced their fiscal Q4 2009 financial results, and it's been another successful three months for the company. Anybody suggesting that Apple's tactics of selling relatively few expensive devices (rather than many cheap ones) will have some explaining to do in the face of these latest figures: Mac sales are up around 17-percent from the same period one year ago, while gross margin is up 36.6-percent. That's helped the company reach $9.87bn in revenue, of which $1.67bn is profit (compared to $1.14bn profit in Q4 2008).
After the cut, slumping iPod sales and the promise of "really great new products" by Steve Jobs
Rather than messing around trying to disguise a hidden camera as a button hole or tie, one enterprising Chinese manufacturer decided to take advantage of something we're pretty used to seeing pinned to people's chests: Apple's iPod shuffle. The "Mini MP3 Cam DVR" is an old-shape shuffle lookalike packed with a 1.3-megapixel video camera, TF slot and rechargeable battery.
If you've just woken up from a week or three of particularly deep sleep, then you may have missed the news that Apple's traditional September iPod event took place yesterday in San Francisco. Luckily for you, sleepy head, SlashGear was on hand with another liveblog and plenty of live photos of Apple's newest range, so read on for all the details.
Hands-on galleries plus video of the new iPods after the cut
Let's be clear - if you don't like shiny then you probably won't be too keen on Apple's special edition iPod shuffle. Packing the same 4GB capacity of the standard top-spec shuffle, but with a newly polished stainless steel casing, the new PMP is limited to sales through Apple Stores.
Apple have unveiled the latest incarnation of the iPod shuffle, and they've managed to bring the entry-price down to just $59 for the 2GB model and $79 for the 4GB. There's also a new, special edition version with a polished stainless steel casing, priced at $99 for 4GB.
Just as expected, the invitation to Apple's iPod event on September 9th has dropped into the SlashGear inbox, and that means we're off to San Francisco to live-blog the whole thing. Already a tradition on the Apple calendar, the September music-themed event is the chance for the Cupertino company to show off their latest advances in the segment-dominating PMPs, and this time we're expecting camera functionality to join the party.
iLuv have officially announced the iEA15 iPod Remote Adapter, intended for owners of Apple's PMPs who want both to use their own headphones and control their music without whipping out the iPod itself. Contrary to some premature reports, the iEA15 does not work with the iPhone; however it will support VoiceOver on the third-gen iPod shuffle.
An eagle-eyed SlashGear reader has spotted that the Apple Store has been taken down, with the usual "we are busy updating" message pinned up. The obvious conclusion is that Apple are preparing new products for release, but looking back through the recent rumors it's tough to identify a likely change.