Apple confirmed in a statement to The Loop on Thursday that it has sold more than 100 million iPod touch devices since first launching the popular music player in 2007. The iPod touch has been one of Apple’s top-selling products, making up half of all iPods sold. The company’s announcement came following its quiet release of a new entry-level model. The device shares nearly all the same features as the fifth-generation iPod touch, however it does not include a rear iSight camera and is only available in silver. The new iPod touch model is equipped with 16GB of internal storage and is available now for $229.
In a somewhat curious move, Apple discontinued its fourth-generation iPod touch early Thursday morning and replaced it with a new model. The updated entry-level iPod touch is almost exactly like the standard fifth-generation model, but it sheds the rear iSight camera. It is also only available with one color option (silver) whereas other iPod touch models come in five different colors. Apple’s earlier fifth-generation models are available with either 32GB or 64GB of storage, but the new version ships with 16GB of internal storage. The new entry-level iPod touch costs $229 and is available for purchase immediately.
Apple’s (AAPL) fifth-generation iPod touch didn’t get much attention when it was unveiled late last month since the new iPhone 5 was clearly the star of the show. With the Cupertino, California-based company’s new iPhone now well on its way to becoming the best-selling smartphone ever, Apple has begun fulfilling preorders of its new iPod touch according to 9to5Mac, and the media player is beginning to arrive in Apple Stores as well, as Engadget’s Richard Lai reports. Apple’s fifth-generation iPod touch features an all new design including a faster processor and a larger 4-inch display. Separately, a number of reports on various forums suggest Apple’s new iPod nano is arriving in retail stores as well. More →
Apple (AAPL) announced the fifth-generation iPod touch alongside the iPhone 5 last month, but it only vaguely said it would ship sometime in October. Although the U.S. Apple online store still shows a ship date of “October,” Today’s iPhone claims the Australian Apple online store website temporarily listed the 32GB (PRODUCT) RED model of the iPod touch as shipping in three weeks. More →
Netflix (NFLX) announced on Tuesday that its iPhone and iPod touch app received a major update that brings over its UI and experience from the company’s tablet apps. Marketed as “more immersive” than the previous version, the new Netflix app features more titles and galleries on single screens and “personalized rows filled with movie and TV recommendations” to make finding new content and enjoying old favorites easier than ever. Other appreciated tweaks include a “browse menu” that reveals lists of smartly categorized genres galleries, universal search throughout the app and a new bar at the top of the screen that lets users continue watching where they left off. For a full walk-through of the guide, check out the video below with Netflix’s Director of Product Innovation, Chris Jaffes.
Apple (AAPL) continues to throw out the punches at its press event in California. The Cupertino-based company on Wednesday unveiled the newest addition to its iPod family — a redesigned iPod touch. The device is super thin, coming in at 6.1mm, and weighs only 88 grams. It is equipped with a dual-core A5 processor, a front-facing FaceTime HD camera and features a 4-inch Retina display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. On the back of the device resides a 5-megapixel 1080p iSight camera with a f/2.4 aperture, a sapphire crystal lens and an LED flash. Apple has also included support for Siri, Bluetooth 4.0, AirPlay mirroring, and a Wii-like bracelet, called “Loop,” for easy holding. The newest iPod touch will be available in a variety of colors — red, blue, yellow, white and black — in October in 32GB and 64GB variations for $299 and $399, respectively. Apple also announced that it will keep its fourth-generation touch on the market with a starting price of $199 for the 16GB model.
There is always time for more rumors… 9To5Mac recently published a report claiming that Apple’s (AAPL) 9-pin dock connector will be known as “Lightning,” and will be announced alongside the iPhone 5. The name is said to be a reference to the faster read and charge speeds associated with the connector, while relating to the faster Thunderbolt ports found on a number of Mac computers as well. The site notes that Apple’s redesigned in-ear headphones are set to be announced this afternoon as “Earpods,” and it also says that iTunes 11 will be released today as well. More →
Not to be lost in all the iPhone 5 hype is the fact that Apple (AAPL) is also planning to release a new iPod touch on Wednesday that will represent a significant upgrade over previous models. And according to mobile consultant Will Strafach, the new iPod touch will feature a sharp display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels and the same 32-nanometer A5 processor found both the second-generation iPad and the Apple TV. Strafach notes that the processor used in the new iPod touch will be less powerful than the one featured in the next-generation iPhone, however. More →
FreedomPop has developed a new “4G case” that’s designed specifically for people who own an Apple (AAPL) iPod touch but who don’t feel like paying for an iPhone or signing a two-year service agreement with a mobile carrier. Per CNET, the new FreedomPop iPod touch 4G Sleeve plugs into the iPod touch’s docking port and provides access to Sprint’s (S) 4G WiMAX and LTE networks. While the case itself costs $99 to buy, FreedomPop is giving users 500MB of free monthly data to play around with and users can add more data to their plans if they refer friends to the service. Users can then buy more monthly data for the Sleeve at $10 per additional gigabyte. More →
Apple (AAPL) is gearing up for quite a fall season if even half of the current rumors floating around pan out. First we’re looking at a brand new “iPhone 5″ in September, then Apple will reportedly launch a new “iPad mini” alongside a tweaked third-generation iPad tablet soon after. That’s not all, however, as well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple has plans to launch a redesigned iPod touch in September as well. More →
Following a report that Apple is currently testing multiple next-generation iPhone prototypes with a taller Retina display, images of a purported front panel from an unreleased iOS device may provide further evidence that Apple is working on a new iPhone with a larger display. MacRumors on Tuesday published two images of what its unnamed source claims to be the front panel from an upcoming refreshed iPod touch. The opening for the display panel is taller than the one on Apple’s current iPod touch, measuring 4.1 inches diagonally. If the part is authentic, it suggests that the next iPod touch — and Apple’s upcoming sixth-generation iPhone — will include a larger Retina display. The Wall Street Journal and Reuters both reported last week that Apple plans to release a new iPhone this year with a display that measures at least 4 inches. Another image of the purported iPod touch front panel follows below. More →
Apple has just released a new version of iOS for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Listed changes are as follows:
This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
• Improves reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut
• Addresses bugs that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks
• Fixes bugs that affected AirPlay video playback in some circumstances
• Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List
• Fixes an issue where ‘Unable to purchase’ alert could be displayed after successful purchase
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
The new iOS build is available for download as an over-the-air update for users with iOS 5.0 or later installed on their devices, or it can be downloaded and installed using iTunes. iOS 5.1.1 is compatible with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, new iPad, iPad 2, iPad and third- and fourth-generation iPod touch devices.
Apple announced on Wednesday that its annual Worldwide Developer Conference will take place from June 11th through June 15th this year in San Francisco, California. The company made tickets available at around 8:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, and they were sold out within two hours, likely before most West Coast-based developers even woke up. Tickets are not transferable this year and as such, developers who didn’t manage to secure a ticket don’t have many options. One man, however, found a way around Apple’s restrictions. More →