Apple Keynote goes Ping! New iPods, new iTunes, new Apple TV
Exciting times from California this evening. Well, maybe. Well, probably. Sort of. Here's the rundown of what Lord Jobs decreed moments ago:
iOS 4.1 will be released next week for iPhone and iPod Touch, to include:
• fixes to previous bugs, including a promised solution for long-suffering iPhone 3G users. Thank. Christ.
• the ability to take HDR photos - it automatically creates mosaics of photos taken at different exposures to produce images with more detail
• new Games Center functionality that'll allow gamers to connect through apps, including shared gameplay and scoreboards
iOS4.2 will be released later in November for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch including iOS 4 improvements like multitasking, as well as wireless printing
The iPod range has been overhauled, from Shuffle to the iPod Touch:
• the new iPod Shuffle is based on the squarer second generation, but dinkier, and includes playlists and 15 hours battery time, and will be $49 for 2 GB.
• the iPod Nano loses the circular track-wheel, to be replaced with a multi-touch screen; it's something of a comedy device - it's almost too small to hold. The iPod Nano is $99 for 8 GB.
•the new iPod Touch will include Retina Display, both a front and rear camera, including FaceTime and HD video capability, and costs from $229 for the 8GB version
And then we were onto iTunes. Yes, it kept on coming and the audience took any excuse to holler like a pack of sycophantic banshees. iTunes 10 will include Ping, a new social network for iTunes users, allowing users to connect to friends and generate newsfeeds of music and events. "It's not Facebook, it's not Twitter." Actually, yes it is, Steve. It's Facebook.
Finally, onto Apple TV - a new teeny tiny box for rented tv shows and movies, costing just 99¢ per show to rent for 48 hours. No word yet on what shows will be available in the UK, except to say that there will be content available in this country. It'll cost $99.