Apple just unveiled a new iPod nano at its Let’s Talk iPhone event. The company is touting the device as the most affordable nano ever and it’s definitely taking it beyond enjoying music. The new iPod nano integrates Nike+ with a slew of new fitness features rolled in.
We're live at the Apple iPhone event in California where we've learned of many new and exciting features for iOS as well as some lovely statistics from Apple stores around the world and unbelievable sales figures on all Apple products. One little oddity that all you iOS lovers out there will be glad to hear about is the confirmation that the Camera app will be usable from the lockscreen. You'll now be able to get in quick and snap a pic with no effort at all!
We are live at the Apple event in case no one noticed at live.slashgear.com and while the juicy details still haven't been released Apple is giving us some nice numbers regarding iPod, iPad and iOS sales. They announced well over 300 millions iPods have been sold, with 45 million this past year alone and more. We are waiting for more details so stay tuned for all things Apple and iPhone.
This is the 10th birthday for Apple's iconic mp3 player, the iPod Classic, and it will likely be its last. Following recent rumors that Apple will be discontinuing both the iPod Classic and the iPod Shuffle, it's been discovered today that Apple has removed the section in iTunes that was devoted to games made for the classic iPod's click-wheel.
Scuttlebutt going around the web says that Apple might be planning to kill off a couple of the iPods in its lineup that have been around for a long time. According to TUAW the two iPods that its source says are getting the axe are the iPod classic and the iPod shuffle. Apparently on the last earnings call Apple dropped a mention that there would be a product transition. What products would be in transition weren't specified on the call. I think many of us though the talk was of the new iPhone 5.
In my recent report on Steve Jobs' resignation, I noted that many pundits seem to think that without Steve at the helm, Apple will lose some of its competitive edge. While anything can happen in the long run, in the short term this is dangerously stupid thinking. Let's recap:
Steve did not invent Apple products alone. Nearly his entire executive staff -- including everyone involved in iOS product design, development, and manufacturing -- is still at Apple, and it's not like they will suddenly forgot the lessons learned from working with Steve over the past decade (the man makes a strong impression).
Altec Lansing has unveiled a new speaker dock for the iPhone and iPod called the iMT630 Classic. The new speaker dock is an ultra portable system according to Aletc Lansing and it has a lithium ion battery pack inside that will allow for music playback away from an outlet for nearly seven hours. The device also has a wireless remote control.
The latest data from research firm NPD suggests that Apple's Mac sales will be setting a record this quarter, beating market expectations. For the months of July and August, Mac sales have risen 22 percent. According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, Apple will likely sell between 4.4 million to 4.6 million Macs in the September quarter.
All the way over in Hamburg, Germany, there's a design exhibit being shown in their Museum of Arts and Crafts called "Stylectrical: On Electro-Design That Makes History" featuring 300 exhibits, over half of which are Apple products. Long time employee Jonathan Ive, currently Apple's Chief Designer, is the most prominently featured designer in this collection, right alongside former Braun designer lead Dieter Rams, an influence of design theories of both Ive and Steve Jobs. This Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe exhibit will examine "the complex development processes of industrial electrical design in a cultural studies context", and isn't the first time Apple products have been featured in a museum, though it is the first time that all of the projects worked on and/or supervised by Ive have been showcased under one roof.
The patents are flying over at the US Patent and Trademark Office, a series of 20 of them running their way through the "granted" process this week putting some smiles on the faces of the Apple crew. The biggest news here appears to be that the MagSave magnetic charge port system we've been using on our MacBooks and MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs for a while now has been patented for use on the iPad. That means that when you've got your iPad plugged into the wall and uncle Frank goes flying by, tripping on the cord, your iPad will safely unplug with just the first *plink* of force, leaving the cord itself to sustain the bulk of the damage.
It's been a while since we saw anyone add any sort of color other than silver, black, and white, if you consider those colors, to an iPhone concept. Certainly there's nothing holding these designers back from doing such mockups, but given the designs of the iPhone in reality thus far, it just doesn't really add up. What we're seeing here today is a total departure from everything we know about the iPhone specifically, latching on instead to the lineage of the iPod, with it bringing on four fabulous new color chassis and a cool silver as well.