Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone. Today was a pretty big day as far as news goes, with Apple sending out invites to an upcoming event, which is where we're assuming the company will announce the iPad Mini. Not one to be outdone, Microsoft finally gave us some substantial details on Surface today (including information on pre-orders), and Samsung was right there to put its line up of new Windows 8 PCs and tablets up for pre-order as well.
Apple announced a completely-redesigned iPod Nano last month during its iPhone 5 event where the company also launched a new iPod Touch. We already saw iFixit's complete teardown of the new iPod Touch and the iPhone 5, so naturally it's now the new iPod Nano's turn up on the chopping block. And since the iPod Nano is so...nano-like, it doesn't take long for the explorers at iFixit to dismantle the thing.
Apple has launched its new ad campaign for the latest iPod line, kicking off with a catchy thirty second commercial called "Bounce" showing the 5th-gen iPod touch and the 7th-gen iPod nano. The clip shows the two new iPods - and their unchanged shuffle sibling - being suitably enthusiastic about music, keeping to Apple's now-traditional theme of a more playful and less educational attitude to commercials for the media player range.
Apple's iPhone 5 event may not have been streamed - instead nearly 17m of you joined us for our liveblog! - but it was filmed, and the full event has now been released for you to peruse at your leisure. It wasn't just the iPhone 5 that made its debut, of course; Apple also had new iPod touch and iPod nano models to show, as well as a new version of iTunes.
Apple's trio of Lightning adapters aren't the only connections offered for the iPhone 5, 5th-gen iPod touch and 7th-gen iPod nano; there's also a new microUSB adapter, though you'll need to be in Europe to get it. The fourth dongle basically connects a regular microUSB charger - or a microUSB cable for sync & charge - to the smaller Lightning port on the new devices, Apple's workaround to EC legislation about standardized ports.
Whew - what a day! For those who missed it, Apple held its big event today, revealing the iPhone 5 and new versions of the of the iPod Touch and the iPod Nano. You can see most of the day's news in our iPhone 5 event wrap-up and our iPod Touch and Nano wrap-up, but of course, even more news about these new iDevices hit after those event wrap-ups were posted. For instance, we went hands-on with the iPhone 5 and then later with the 5th generation iPod Touch before getting the chance to check out Apple's new EarPods, which have undergone a redesign just in time for the launch of the iPhone 5. If you're more of an iPod Nano kind of person, then you'll be pleased to know that we also have you covered in our hands-on with the 7th generation iPod Nano.
So, we know that the iPhone 5 will come with a different connector than what we're used to seeing. However, if you have some devices with a 30-pin connector laying around, the iPhone 5's new Lightning connector is probably going to cause some problems. That's where Apple's new adapters come in - they were detailed earlier today at Apple's event, but the company didn't talk pricing while it was up on stage.
Apple's mid-range iPod, the iPod nano, has gone through the most varied evolutionary changes of all the Cupertino media devices. In its 7th-generation, its settled on a combination of the previous model's touch and earlier versions' bigger screens, throwing in some slick anodized aluminum and highly polished usability too. Read on for our first impressions!
Instead of calling it "iPhone Day" we're just going to call it Apple day. Today Apple took the stage and got everyone excited over the brand new 4-inch iPhone 5. Then in a flash we were talking about iPod Touch and Nano's. Many speculated new iPod devices were coming, but most said they'd be at a later date. Today however Apple unveiled an awesome new 4-inch iPod Touch 5th generation, and a new and improved nano. We have pictures and all the details below.
This week at the iPhone 5 event that also played host to several iPod bumps in the line, Apple showed off EarPods, the newest in earbud technology from the company that's also bringing a big iTunes refresh soon as well. These EarPods are made to "fit for everyone" and are, as Jony Ive says, "designed to direct sound into the ear." This set of listening devices is set to be offered by Apple as a standalone product but will also be in the package whenever you purchase any of the new devices shown off this week.
Amid the furious excitement that surrounded the iPhone 5 this week, Apple also introduced a brand new iPod nano. This refreshed device has an entirely new form factor looking more like an iPhone than it has an original iPod in previous iterations. Here you've got the "thinnest iPod nano we've ever created", Apple says, with a 38% thinner body at 5.4mm. This device has a giant hardware button on the left that's able to play, pause, forward, back, and adjust volume, and comes with a home button just like the iPhone.