Rumored relaunch still MIA, internal specs of new models still unknown
While a rumored refresh of the iPod line -- confirmed through art leaks in the latest iTunes releases -- allegedly set for today has not yet materialized, shipping times for the devices have gotten longer on Apple's US online store, suggesting that a refresh is imminent. While full details of the updated iPods is not yet known, new color options -- including strong shades of blue, pink, and gold -- are on tap for the new models.
Shuffle, Nano, Touch to continue, but no obvious visible changes seen
An image buried inside the resources of iTunes 12.2 offers a surprising revelation to iPod fans: Apple's iPod lineup, which has seen diminishing sales for years, will get another -- though possibly final -- hurrah, with new color options and likely upgraded processors and storage. All three of the company's current iPod models -- the wearable Shuffle, the diminutive Nano, and the full-sized "iPhone with no phone," the iPod touch -- will see new colors, including strong shades of blue and pink, as well as the now-expected gold option.
Zotac HTPC gets 1.2GHz dual-core VIA CPUs
Zotac, maker of home theater PCs such as the Atom-powered Zbox HD-ID11-U, has now brought out two budget models. The ZBox nano VD01 and the Plus version that adds a 320GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM. Both can now be powered by VIA's 1.2GHz Nano X2 U4025 dual-core processor. The onboard graphics are VIA's own Chrome9 and can play back HD video formats including Blu-ray, MPEG2, H.264, and VC-1.
Refurbished Apple products at discounted prices
Apple's online store continues to carry a decent selection of refurbished first generation iPads starting at $479 for the 16GB Wi-Fi and 3G model. Currently the 3G iPads go up to $659 for the 64GB configuration. A Wi-Fi only 64GB iPad is also on the list for $529 after a $70 price break.
Hand-held stabilizer works with small videocams
The iSteady Shot Arc is a new handheld camera stabilizer designed for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, the iPod Nano and other small (under one pound) digital video devices, including point-and-shoot cameras, Flip Video cams and so on. It uses a small counterweight to allow for smooth, fluid motion while handheld without adding a great deal of extra weight or bulk. The device itself weighs only 12.4 ounces.
XtremeMac cases to ship in October
More new cases have been introduced for Apple's latest iPod touch, this time from Incipio and XtremeMac, though neither company has updated its website. Incipio will deliver five cases for the Touch, alongside a wristband for the sixth-generation Nano and an armband series for the Touch, Nano and Shuffle. Incipio's dermaSHOT is a high-density silicone case for the Touch, featuring a finish that slips easily into pants pockets. The SILICRYLIC has a silicone core with a hard-shell shield for the back and corners. The Feather is an ultralight polycarbonate case, while the EDGE is a hard-shell case made from optical-quality polycarbonate with a removable lower section for docking stations. The final product is the Dotties series, which come in 15 colors with 30 interchangeable colored dots.
Reduced prices on refurbished iPods
Apple's online store today has a wide range of iPod models available in refurbished condition like the 2nd gen. 16GB iPod touch, which is now $199 after a $50 price cut. The first-gen. 16GB Touch carries an even lower price tag of $189, a 30% drop from the original price of $279. A 2nd gen. 32GB Touch is also on the list, now $249.
Shuttle PC intros slim PCs
Shuttle has recently announced it will show two new additions to its PC lineup at the Computex show in Taiwan at the start of June. The Embedded Slim-series systems, the XS92 and XS92F, will be powered by VIA's Nano CPUs, with the former getting the faster but more power-hungry L-series processors while the latter will be powered by the highly energy-efficient U-series of Nano chips. All come in very small enclosures that fit into spaces tighter than Shuttle's usual small form factor cases would allow.
DealNN: iPods, cameras
DealNN deals today include iPods, digital cameras, wireless routers and more. Our featured deal today comes from Apples online store. For a limited time the refurbished 8GB iPod nano has been reduced by $30 from $129 to $99. The 16GB model has also been reduced by the same price margin to $149. Both models are available in black, pink, silver, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple.
Apple refurbs: $99 Nano
Apple's online store is offering a variety of refurbished iPods at reduced prices. Fore a limited time the 8GB iPod nano is available for only $99, which is $30 off their regular refurb. price. The 16GB model has also been reduced to $149. Both models are available in black, pink, silver, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. First-generation iPod touch models are being offered starting at $159 for the 8GB and also include the 16GB model for $219 as well as the 32GB model for $279. Current-generation Touches are priced at $199 (8GB), $259 (16GB), and $349 (32GB). One and two gigabyte iPod shuffles are available in a wide array of current-generation and previous-generation colors for $39 and $59 respectively. The iPod classic is available in 80GB and 120GB capacities for $169 and $209 each.
Refurb. iPod roundup
A vast selection of refurbished iPods are currently on sale at Apple's online store. Starting at $39 is the 1GB iPod shuffle, in current-generation pink, blue, or green. The 2GB model is also available in the same color options for $59. The previous-generation 4GB iPod nano, in silver, is now priced at $79. Get a 4th generation, 8GB iPod nano in orange, green, purple, pink, silver, black, yellow or blue for $129. The 16GB model is priced at $169 and is available in the same colors as the 8GB model. Also priced at $169 is the 80GB iPod classic in black or silver. For just $40 more get the 120GB Classic, now $209. First-generation and current-generation iPod touch models are available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB configurations. First-gen. configurations are priced at $179, $219 and $299 respectively while the current-gen. configurations are priced at $199, $259, and $349.
DealNN: Apple gear
DealNN deals today include a wide selection of Apple products. Most notable today is a price drop on the 16GB iPod nano at J&R.com. It is regularly priced at $199.99, but has been reduced to $169.97, which is only 97 cents more than purchasing a refurbished model at Apples online store. The 16GB Nano can hold up to 4,000 songs, 14,000 iPod viewable photos, or 16 hours of video.
iSee inked case for nano
Contour Design has released the iSee inked, a series of cases for the iPod nano 4G featuring patterns etched directly into the material. The cases are constructed from clear polycarbonate, with a two-piece design that snaps together without blocking access to the device controls. The case shell offers a scratch-resistant coating, while the company also provides a removable screen protector.
DealNN: printers, HDTVs
Today's deals at DealNN include a variety of items at bargain prices from printers to iPods. First up is the refurbished Sony 26-inch LCD display priced at $299.99 at SecondAct.com. RefurbDepot.com has the refurbished Panasonic home theater system priced at $219.95. For today only PCconnection.com is offering the Lexmark C540n laser printer for $199.97. Apple's online store is offering the refurbished black MacBook with 2.16GHz processor for $999. Lastly is the 3rd generation, green, 8GB iPod nano priced at $148 at Abt.com.
News site TechCrunch today revealed that it's much closer to launching a promised low-cost, touchscreen Internet tablet. Referred to now as the CrunchPad, the device has a 12-inch, 1024x768 touch display but includes netbook-grade components to keep the price and size down: the nearly button-free device will use a VIA Nano processor, 1GB of memory and a 4GB flash drive that are just enough to hold an interface that boots directly to a custom WebKit-based browser in Ubuntu Linux.
Apple refurbs: iPod nano
Currently Apple's online store is offering a range of refurbished Apple products from iPods to the new unibody MacBook Pro. The previous generation 8GB iPod nano is available in green, blue, black or pink for $99. Three iPod touch models are offered: the 8GB model for $179, 16GB for $219, and 32GB for $319. The white MacBook with 2.1GHz processor, 1GB of memory and a 120GB hard drive is priced at $849. Two MacBook Air models are offered: the 1.6GHz model with 2GB of memory and 80GB hard drive and the 1.8GHz model with 2GB of memory for $999, and a 64GB solid state drive for $1,299. A selection of MacBook Pro models include the previous generation, 17-inch model with 2.33GHz processor, 2GB of memory and 160GB hard drive for $1,799; for $1,899 is the 2.5GHz model with 2GB of memory and 250GB hard drive; and finally is the new unibody MacBook Pro with 2.53GHz processor, 4GB of memory and 320GB hard drive for $2,149.
New Via Nano chips coming
Chip manufacturer VIA will begin sampling a dual-core version of its Nano CPU in the second half of 2009 and shipping the next-generation processor in volume in late 2009 or early 2010, slightly earlier than previous a roadmap leak indicated. Like rival AMD which recently outlined new Atom-competitors, VIA's X86-compatible Nano chips debuted in May to compete with Intel's Atom and lower-end Celeron M chips. VIA hopes to stem the growing adoption of Intel's Atom processor (and dual-core nettop PC variant); VIA, the report says, expects to deliver samples ahead of the previously reported June 2010 launch. Digitimes reports that the new dual-core Nano chips will arrive before the end of the first quarter of 2010, while a next-generation SSE4-enabled Nano CPU will arrive in the third quarter of 2009.
DealNN: Blu-ray disks
There is currently a wide selection of discounted products ranging from Blu-ray disks and HDTVs to iPods and MacBooks at DealNN. For today only get a two for one deal on the SanDisk Cruzer 2GB ReadyBoost flash drive, priced at $16.99 from RadioShack. J&R.com has holiday pricing on Blu-ray disks starting at $9.99. The brand new Westinghouse 47-inch LCD HDTV has been reduced to $799.99 at SecondAct.com. The refurbished 4GB iPod nano is available at eCost.com for $84. Right now the Apple store is offering the refurbished 17-inch, 2.5GHz MacBook Pro for $1999.
Apple refurbs: iPod
Apple's online store is currently offering a variety of refurbished iPod models at reduced prices. Starting at $39 is the 1GB iPod shuffle that holds up to 240 songs and comes in in green, purple, green, blue and silver or for $59 is the 2GB Shuffle, that can hold up to 500 songs, in the same colors as the 1GB model. The iPod nano is $99 for the 8GB model that holds up to 2,000 songs and is available in silver, blue, green, or black. 80GB iPod Classic models hold up to 20,000 songs and are $169 while 160GB Classics are $249 and hold up to 40,000 songs, each comes in either black or silver. Lastly is the iPod touch in three capacities, 8GB (1,750 song) for $179, 16GB (3,500 songs) for $219 and 32GB (7,000 songs) for $319.
Black Friday Apple deals
A variety of great Black Friday deals on Apple products are currently being offered by a range of online merchants. Until 11/30/08 Newegg.com is offering the 4GB iPod nano -silver (model no. MA978LL/A) for $99.99, that's $49.01 off the original price of $149. Save an extra 10% on Apple computers at Gainsaver.com, prices start at $260. MacMall.com has reduced the price on the new 13.3-inch MacBook from $1229.99 to $1179.99. Until 11/30/08 Newegg.com is offering the 2.4GHz MacBook Pro (model no. MB133LL/A) for $1489. BestBuy.com is offering the first generation 32GB iPod touch for $349.99 which is $30 off the regular price of $379.99. Visit DealNN for more Black Friday deals.
VIA dual-core Nano by 2010
Chip and computer hardware parts maker VIA unveiled its roadmap for future Nano chips at the Embedded Technology 2008 show in Japan held last week, according to a Wednesday report. The roadmap revealed VIA won't be releasing a dual-core Nano CPU for netbooks until an estimated date of June of 2010, leaving the market wide open for competitor Intel and its dual-core Atom CPU. The Taiwanese company also revealed it will release a Nano E-series chip in the spring of 2009, which will bump up the front system bus speeds from the current 800MHz to 1,333MHz and use a 65nm process.
Apple deals: refurb iPods
Apple's online store currently has a variety of previous generation refurbished iPods. Starting at $39 is the 1GB iPod shuffle in green, purple, green, and silver or for $59 is the 2GB Shuffle in the same colors with one addition, blue. The iPod nano models start at $79 for 4GB in silver or $99 for the 8GB model in silver, blue, green, pink or black. The 30GB iPod with 2.5-inch color display is priced at $159 and is available in black or silver. 80GB iPod Classic models are $169 and 160GB Classics are $249, each comes in either black or silver. Lastly is the iPod touch in three capacities, 8GB for $179, 16GB for $219 and 32GB for $319.
Apple replaces Nanos
After recently discovering the sizzling first generation iPod nanos were not an isolated incident, Apple is recognizing the issue and offering to replace the faulty units. Three reports out of Japan showed several incidents of the player smoking or sparking, which also saw melted face plastics and bent back plates. In response to the claims, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry is examining three cases in which the devices caused burns to their owners.
HP Ordering VIA Nanos
HP has ordered batches of VIA's Nano processors for upcoming computers that may include its netbooks, claim some within the PC business. The faster, more efficient mobile processors are allegedly already shipping to HP and would be the second processor line from VIA to reach the American company after the C7-M, which so far has only been used in the Mini-Note 2133 and was initially thought to be a stopgap until HP could use Intel's Atom processor.
Apple deals: iPod
Current generation refurbished iPod classics in two configurations are now available at Apple's online store. The 80GB model ($179) holds up to 20,000 songs with up to 30 hours of music playback or up to five hours of video playback on a single charge while the 160GB model ($279) holds up to 40,000 songs with up to 40 hours of music playback and seven hours of video playback. Both models come in black or silver and include Apple earphones, USB cable, and dock adapter. The iPod touch is also available with three memory capacities to choose from: 8GB (up to 1,750 songs) for $199, 16GB (up to $3,500 songs) for $299, and 32GB (up to 7,000 songs) for $399. Eight gigabyte iPod nanos are $149, hold up to 2,000 songs and come in silver, blue, green, black or pink.
Song Summoner for iPod
Square Enix on Monday turned its game focus to the iPod, unveiling Song Summoner: The Unsung Heroes, a new RPG for the iPod nano with video, Classic, and 5G iPod with video. Song Summoner allows players to battle through several tactical maps with a collection of Tune Troopers – summoned soldiers that draw combat statistics from songs resident on the iPod. Song Summoner is available through the iTunes store for $5.
Microsoft offers iPods
Microsoft is attempting to convince Australian users to use its Live search engine by offering products from industry competitor Apple as bait through a local venture with the Nine Network, Ninemsn. The Brisbane Times reveals that the software giant is offering the iPod nano, Shuffle, and Touch to users who perform searches through Ninemsn. Ninemsn head Alex Parsons said that it would have run the contest using the Zune, but the Microsoft-made player does not currently sell in Australia.
Briefly reviews ebooks
MacNN recently posted reviews for the iHome Dual Alarm Cube Clock and the iFrogz Audiowrapz Treadz for the iPod Nano, Expressivo is offering users 50 free e-books, and Primera has a new renting program for the Bravo SE Disc Publisher. What makes the Audiowrapz Treadz stand out from the crowd is its thick (2mm) silicone case that contains a hard plastic liner with a built-in speaker system. The three integrated silver speakers use passive speaker technology and do not use any more power from your iPod than your standard headset or earphones.
VIA Mini-ITX 2.0
VIA this morning continued a string of announcements for its computer platforms with the launch of Mini-ITX 2.0, its latest platform for mini desktop PCs. The spec for mainboards is designed to allow small (6.7in square), quiet systems using processors such as VIA's own Nano but is unique in mandating a full-speed, 16-lane PCI Express 2.0 slot; the requirement gives all systems room for a fast video card, virtually guaranteeing support for DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2 in games and other apps that demand advanced 3D; an integrated DirectX 9-class chipset is also present as a fallback.
VIA Nano chips compared
Earlier today, VIA Technologies made public details on its new Nano processing chip family that comprises five processors. VIA claims improved performance compared to its own C7 processors, and has provided test results it says prove the fact. The competition is also squarely in sights, as the Nanos' x86 instruction set allows it to run the same software as Intel's Atom and AMD Celeron M CPUs, with which the Nano was designed to compete. Performance comparisons are already surfacing from independent sources.
Review, Sonnet, eBooks
MacNN has reviewed the Treadz for the 3G iPod nano, Sonnet repositioned the Fusion F2 with a new price, and two new eBooks to train users on Garageband. This extra-thick polished silicone case offers good corner protection and covers the basic nano form. Don't let the extra-thick marketing fool you though, it is only 1mm thicker than other cases I tested, which means it's 2mm thick instead of one. iFrogz is currently offering 40-percent off all products for its Memorial Day Sale.
Griffin FlexScreen, more
Griffin on Thursday unveiled two new cases for the iPod nano and Touch, the FlexGrip and FlexScreen, as well as the Screen Care Kit for iPod Touch. The FlexGrip is a dual-color ribbed case which offers complete protection for both the Touch and the Nano, while leaving access to the screen and touchwheel uninhibited. The case currently only ships with a black front and grey backing, offering a refined look. Griffin is selling the FlexGrip for $15, and is available directly from the company's website and select retailers.
Leaked iPhone template
As the impending 3G iPhone release approaches, rumors of its potential design, specifications, and features are abound, but some theorize that people are confusing multiple devices which could indicate an "iPhone nano". iLounge writes that select launch partners have supposedly received design templates that point to a 3.5-inch screen on the new version, countering observations that put the screen size at 2.8-inches.
Deals on 2G Nano, MBP
Apple has second-generation iPod Nanos and several versions of the Santa Rosa-powered MacBook Pros on clearance in the online store. The silver 2GB iPod nano can store upwards of 500 songs, and is capable of displaying pictures, but not video content, as is the case with the third generation Nano. The iPod nanos come with Apple earphones and a USB dock cable, and are currently available from the online store for $100.
New Keynote themes
In brief: There is a stark pricing discrepancy for Australian iPods, iPresentee themes for Keynote have debuted, Sonnet has cut prices on its Fusion line of SATA devices, Aspyr has updated its Game Agent and a Middle East Mac newsletter is now one year old ... There are some substantial differences in iPod pricing between the US and Australia. With the Aussie dollar at 0.92 US, you might expect US and Aussie prices for iPods to be relatively similar, but this is not the case. The 1GB iPod Shuffle: USD$49 = AUD$54 exchange, selling for AUD$65. The 8GB nano USD$199 == AUD$221 exchange, selling for AUD$279. The 16GB iPod classic USD$349 == AUD$387 exchange, selling for AUD$479.
Grantwood has announced the release of tuneband for iPod nano, an armband product designed to comfortably secure the iPod nano in place during exercise, including Nike+iPod compatibility. The product consists of a comfortable and flexible armband strap that can accommodate both large and small arms, a durable silicone skin that allows access to all ports on the iPod nano, and a low-tack, cut-and-peel screen protector that helps guard against smudges, moisture, and daily wear-and-tear. The tuneband is compatible with all generations of the iPod nano, and the current 3rd generation model has skins available in eight colors: black, gray, navy blue, neon green, pink, purple, red, and teal blue. The tuneband for previous iPod nano models has skins available in black only. The tuneband retails for $15.
iPod icon trademark apps
The European Trademark Office recently published 55 newly registered iPod icons, and were originally filed with Munich office of Bardehle, Pagenbert, Dost, Altenburg, and Geissler. The icons more or less cover the gamut of those offered by the iPod, relating to videos, podcasts, notes, iPod radio, games, voice memos, and the Nike+ sport system. The icons appear on current generation iPod nanos and Classics, as users navigate menus to examine their libraries, among other things.
GizMac DuraSport Nano 3G
GizMac today began shipping orders for its DuraSport silicone case for the 3G iPod nano, which offers users a shock absorbent material to protect their Nano. The case includes a clear polycarbonate shield for the front of the case, providing protection for the screen, while the silicone skin protects the rest of the iPod, including the scroll wheel. GizMac is currently shipping the DuraSport for 3G Nano for $30, which comes with two colors of silicone skins.
Creative TravelSound Nano
Creative recently unveiled the TravelSound for iPod nano 3G, a new compact speaker system with a built-in rechargeable battery. The system features four independent micro drivers and a digital amplifier, and Creative claims that it puts out more sound than comparably priced larger systems. The TravelSound charges through USB 2.0, and can play for 15 hours. Creative is currently only selling the system in Singapore for $130 (~$100 USD).
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters has made several additions to its Jam Jacket family of iPod cases, including new models for the iPod nano and iPod touch. Available today are the Jam Jacket with MultiClip for iPod touch, which features a unique, multi-function "MultiClip," and the Jam Jacket for iPod nano featuring a laser-etched design on the back of the case. Both cases are available immediately for $20. The Jam Jacket with MultiClip for the iPod touch features a unique 3-in-1 integrated clip built into the back of the case. The silicone-covered MultiClip acts as a clip/stand combo, as well as a cable management solution. Users can clip it on their belt, or pop out the MultiClip to use it as a desk stand (both vertically and horizontally)
Memorex has begun shipping a new clock radio for various iPod models, includin the iPod Touch, Classic, nano and mini. The device, dubbed iWake, features a digital AM/FM radio, dual alarm function and a gradual volume increase for the alarm. There's also a clock backup capability that is invoked in the case of a power failure -- that function requires 2 "AAA" batteries (which aren't included). Other standard features include a snooze function. The iWake powers and charges any iPod with dock connector. The iWake clock radio is priced at $80.
iPod nano overheats
The Japanese industry ministry is reportedly investigating an incident in which an iPod Nano "overheated and discharged sparks." Reuters quotes the ministry "The battery part of the product overheated while being charged and sparked," Apple's iPod safety manual states "When you're using iPod or charging the battery, it is normal for iPod to get warm. The exterior of iPod functions a a cooling surface that transfers heat from inside the unit to the cooler air outside." As such, iPods have been known to overheat when placed in cases that do no allow adequate ventilation.
Nike+iPod in equipment
Nike and Apple are refreshing their Nike+iPod offerings this summer, by working with Life Fitness, Precor, Star Trac, and Technogym, with the goal of making exercise equipment compatible with the workout tracking system. Users will be able to attach their iPod nano directly to a number of different treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, and stair climbers, and utilize the same statistic and objective tracking that is offered by the stand-alone kit.
GizMac Aluminate, 3G Nano
GizMac's previously announced combination aluminum-polycarbonate case for the 3G iPod nano, the Aluminate, is now shipping. First unveiled in January, the Aluminate case protects the entire Nano, including the screen and click wheel. The case can be secured by using either the included lanyard or carabiner. The Aluminate for 3G Nanos comes in five different colors: black, silver, blue, pink and green. It is available for $30, and includes two colors in the same pack.
Tuneshell for new iPods
Tunewear today announced the availability of the Tuneshell clear case for the entire current iPod lineup. The Tuneshell is constructed from clear polycarbonate plastics, and offers complete screen protection, while leaving ports and controls open for use. Three case styles are available for the iPod nano 3G, which include Tuneshell Mirror, and Tuneshell BlackBack. Mirror features a mirrored front that allows the screen to shine through, while the Blackback has a clear front and back rear. Both models include a belt clip, while the standard Tuneshell comes with a lanyard. Prices for the Tuneshell line of cases range from $20 to $30.
Aluminate, DuraSport Nano
GizMac today announced that it is expanding its Aluminate and DuraSport lineup of cases to include the 3G iPod nano. The Aluminate case is constructed from aluminum on the front and polycarbonate plastics on the back, while the screen and click-wheel are visible, but protected. Users can secure their Aluminate with the included lanyard and carabiner clips, which the company claims will not clash with a user’s fashion motif. GizMac will ship the Aluminate case for the 3G iPod nano in February for $30.
Apple in Amazon Best of 07
Apple has placed multiple times in Amazon's Best of 2007 rankings, the latter company has announced. While no Apple product was a bestseller, the MacBook Pro has been named the "Most Loved" -- highest-rated -- computer, while Mac OS X Leopard has been picked as the favorite piece of software. The 4GB, third-generation iPod nano, meanwhile, was the "Most Wished-For" product under Electronics, and was joined under the "Most Popular Gift" categories by the basic MacBook.
JAVOedge, iSkin iPod cases
JAVOedge recently unveiled some new leather cases for the iPod nano 3G, Touch and Classic [80GB|160GB], while iSkin released a new incarnation of its eVo3 lineup for the iPod classic. The JAVOedge cases are made from hand-stitched, designer-grade leather that provides a soft, but durable case for the iPod. The cases feature a color-coordinated pull-out loop made from soft fabric, with a matching lanyard. Ports and most controls are accessible even when the player sits in the case, while other controls can be used by pulling slightly on the loop to sortie the iPod from its protected state. The cases are available directly from JAVOedge, with prices ranging from $25 to $30, and come in black, red and pink.