Too busy enjoying Apple Music streaming on my iPod touch
In this early season of presidential candidate pronouncements, its refreshing to see someone not running for office who can crazy with the best of them. On this week's MacNN Podcast We celebrate 10 years of podcasts along with Apple, as well as the new, updated iPod touch. We then proceed, like all good parties, to trash some things -- in this case, iTunes and Neil Young's crazy (high) horse. Show notes after the jump.
New 64-bit model offers up to 128GB storage, not particularly repairable
A new teardown of the latest sixth-generation iPod touch by iFixit -- a firm that sells repair tools and services -- has ranked the unit as slightly more repairable than the previous model, but continues to criticize the new device for things that would be important only to tinkerers, such as the lack of external screws and the use of adhesive to keep the device together. The teardown revealed some specifics on the new model, including a larger battery.
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.
iPads and iPods
Right now at Apple's online store, find great bargains on refurbished iPads and iPods. The refurbished 5th generation iPod touch with 16GB of storage can be had for only $149 after a $30 discount, while $159 will get a 4th gen. 32GB Touch. Priced at $199 is the refurbished 5th generation 32GB iPod touch in blue, pink or space gray. Also available is the 5th gen. 64GB Touch in yellow or space gray for $239.
New iMac problem, jpg editing on iPod Touch, more
Today in the MacNN forums, Forum Regular "Harvey" explained some troubling behavior with his eight-month old iMac and wonders if anyone else has experienced anything else like this on Yosemite. Also today, one Mac Elite was trying to figure out how to edit JPEG files on his new iPod Touch, and fellow forum-members began suggesting apps to use.
new lower prices
At Apple's online store today, find new reduced prices on refurbished iPods, Macs and accessories. The refurbished Apple TV is now only $59, since a brand new model has been dropped to $69. With the drop in price on brand new iPod touch models (from $199), Apple has also slashed prices on reconditioned models, with the 16GB configuration now only $149.
songs won't erase, trackpad troubles and more
This week in the MacNN forums, members are plagued with songs that won't erase from their iPods, trackpad problems and more. "I can't erase songs from my iPod touch" says one frustrated Mac Elite, who is also baffled as to why there are random U2 songs on there that he never downloaded. After doing an update on an iPad 2, one Mac Enthusiast found that the unit is stuck on "searching" for cellular service.
MacBook Air, Mac Pro and iPod touch
Amazon has slashed the price on the previous generation 13.3-inch MacBook Air from $1,099 down to $908 with $7 for shipping, for a savings of $191 off the list price. Even with the shipping charge, that is about $130 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This MBA configuration features a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Apple may have unjustly denied repairs for older iPhones, iPods
Participants in a class action lawsuit regarding liquid damage indicators for the iPhone and iPod touch are beginning to receive settlement checks, accounts say. In April 2013, Apple agreed to pay $53 million to compensate people who may have been denied warranty coverage because of the indicators. Their maker, 3M, admitted that they could be tripped simply by humidity. Apple later adjusted its policies to require additional checks before blocking repairs, but the lawsuit continued.
Institutions aim to improve speed, accuracy
In the next few weeks, two major US hospitals -- linked with Stanford University and Duke University, respectively -- are embarking on medical trials using Apple's HealthKit platform, according to Reuters. Doctors at Stanford say they're working with Apple on tracking blood sugar for children with diabetes. Duke, meanwhile, is planning a pilot to track blood pressure, weight, and other statistics for patients with cancer or heart diseases.
Two days ahead of new iPhones
During today's Apple press event, the company quickly mentioned that iOS 8 will be available to download free starting on September 17. The oldest devices compatible with it will be the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and fifth-generation iPod touch. It will come preloaded on Apple's newest devices, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
iPods, iPads, and Mac accessories
Right now at Apple's online store, chose from a selection of refurbished iPod touch models -- starting as low as $129 for the fourth-generation Touch with 8GB of storage. A $100 discount drops the cost on the refurbished fifth-generation iPod touch with 32GB of storage in black and slate down to $199.
IK Multimedia launches portable Lightning/USB iRig MIDI 2
IK Multimedia has announced that it is now shipping the iRig MIDI 2, a portable MIDI interface with Lightning and USB connectivity for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Mac and PC. The device is equipped with three standard-sized female MIDI DIN sockets -- IN, OUT and THRU -- which allow for full MIDI functionality and connectivity with any MIDI-enabled device, such as a keyboard, hardware synthesizer and more. Its two blue LED lights provide monitoring of the MIDI data passing through the In and Out sockets.
Was initially limited to US
The revised 16GB iPod touch is now available through Apple's online stores in Europe, Asia, and South America, checks show. While the device is only $199 in the US however, prices are differing drastically in some regions. In the UK for instance it costs 159 pounds, or about $273.
64GB model comes down $100
Apple has done a surprise refresh of the iPod touch lineup, improving features on the 16GB model while implementing universal price cuts. The 16GB player has been given back a rear-facing iSight camera, and now has a full range of color options, as opposed to just Space Grey. Price cuts, meanwhile, have pushed the 16GB option down from $229 to $199, and its 32GB counterpart from $299 to $249. The 64GB model has received the most drastic discount, shifting from $399 to $299.
Fits rumors and alleged specs, but veracity is very questionable
As we live in the age of the 3D printer, it was just a matter of time before the dubious computer-rendering of an "iPhone 6" based on rumor reports would be produced as a model that reflects those measurements and rumors, but provides little convincing evidence that the next iPhone will actually resemble it. The dummy model, which like the "iPhone 6" cases seen in and outside of China recently are based on the current iPod touch, with a thinner profile and more rounded corners than the current iPhone.
PayPal Here for iOS receives update
PayPal announced today that its point-of-sale app, PayPal Here, has been updated. The app allows users to facilitate payment transactions on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with its accompanying card reader, accepting debit and credit cards. The latest version of PayPal Here now includes a dynamic search tool, a streamlined custom inventory entry system, as well as the ability to swipe cards at any moment during the order process. Enhanced cart views and simplified order entry fields for quicker sales processing are also included. PayPal Here for iPhone and iPod touch, with a separate version for iPad, is free to download, and require iOS 6 in conjunction with a free PayPal card reader.
Newspaper hoping to lure readers with lower-cost subscription
A new e-reader app made its debut on Wednesday, with The New York Times releasing its newest app, NYT Now (free), intended to act as a less-expensive entry way to attract new readers. As previously reported, the iPhone- and iPod touch-only app is meant to be a scaled-down version of the regular NYT app, the latter of which is available for iPad as well.
iPods and Mac Accessories
This week Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished iPod models on sale. They start at $99 for the refurbished seventh-generation 16GB iPod nano which comes in blue, silver, pink, green or purple. Save $40 on the refurbished 16GB fifth-generation iPod touch in black; it was $229, but has been cut to $189.
iPods from $99
This week at Apple's online store, find savings on refurbished iPods and Apple TV. The refurbished seventh-generation 16GB iPod nano has seen a $50 discount down to $99, and is available in purple, green, pink, yellow, blue, or silver. Refurbished fourth-gen iPod touch models start at $129 for the 8GB Touch, or $149 for 16GB models.
AccuWeather launches MinuteCast on web version, iPhone and iPod touch app
Weather prediction and reporting app AccuWeather has launched its new MinuteCast feature. Now available for its web version as well as its iOS 7-optimized app for iPhone and iPod touch, MinuteCast gives users a continually updated forecast, ideal for making decisions based on weather. MinuteCast predicts start and end times for precipitation on a by-the-minute basis for the next two hours, specific to a user's exact street address. Precipitation is tracked at approximately a half square mile, and refreshed every five minutes to provide users with the most relevant and accurate forecast available.
iOS 7 update deals with SSL connection problems
Apple has released a pair of new iOS updates, iOS 7.0.6 and 6.1.6. Release notes indicate that the former deals with a problem in "SSL connection verification." 6.1.6, meanwhile, eliminates several bugs experienced by iPhone 3GS and fourth-generation iPod touch users.
Handles card, barcode scanning
Accessory-maker Griffin and ShopKeep have announced ShopKeep Mobile, a new point-of-sale case for the iPod touch. The case uses Griffin's Olli hardware platform, but is specifically design to be used with ShopKeep's POS app. Built into the Mobile are a credit card reader and a barcode scanner; the unit can also connect to receipt printers.
Sephora Shares giving away music, magazines, books, and apps for free
Cosmetics chain Sephora has announced that it is offering a variety of music, books, magazines and apps for free with its Sephora's Selections program. Its rotating selections are available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and only within the US using the Sephora To Go app. Sephora's current selection includes journaling app Day One, remixer djay 2, sound-art program Silk, the company's own "selfie" photo program A Beautiful Mess, and the Sephora Shares Holiday Playlist, consisting of eight free holiday songs.
MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iPod touch and Apple TV
Today at Apple's online store, find savings on refurbished MacBook Pro models, iPods and more. The 13.3-inch refurbished MacBook Pro with a 2.5-inch Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive has been reduced by $200 to $999. A $350 discount is offered on the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive, now $1,449.
Update brings iOS 7-style interface, unified application, more
Musical app maker IK Multimedia has unveiled its redesigned mobile loop-based music-making app, Groovemaker 2 -- currently available for the iPhone and iPod touch, but with a future update bringing a universal version that will work natively on the iPad. The updated app features a "completely redesigned" iOS 7-style interface, a new Grid interface that allows for simplified loop remixing, a new high-quality time stretch function, new sharing features and more.
iPod touch available at lowest price from Target
Apple's fifth-generation iPod touch is available at a reduced price for Black Friday this year, with many online retailers competing for the lowest sale price. MacNN has found the best deal currently available is from Target, which sells the device at normal retail price but with a $50 gift card upon purchase, making the unit's net price $180 for the 16GB harddrive capacity, available in black or silver.
refurbished iPod nano and Touch from $99
This week at Apple's online store, find savings of up to 33 percent off a selection of refurbished iPod and iPod touch models. The 16GB seventh-generation iPod nano with a 2.5-inch multi-touch display, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM radio has seen a $50 discount to $99 and is available in yellow, silver, green, purple, slate, blue, and pink. For $179, after a $40 discount, is the fourth-generation refurbished 32GB iPod touch available in black or white.
New products take advantage of special iOS 7 gaming APIs for third-party hardware
Even though the iPhone and iPod Touch already widely outsell dedicated handheld mobile gaming devices, Apple has expanded gaming options in iOS 7 by introducing new APIs for third-party hardware controllers. Two new such products, from Logitech and ClamCase respectively, hint that they will be part of a wave of authorized "Made for i" (MFi) hardware that takes advantage of the new APIs. Both of the forthcoming devices are external gaming "enclosure" type controllers that nestle the iPhone while adding physical buttons and joysticks.
iPhone accident replacement fees rise to $79
In addition to expanding to Europe, AppleCare+ is now also available for the iPod touch and iPod classic. In the US this costs $59, and extends warranty coverage from one year to two, with matching phone support, and two accidental damage incidents at a reduced $29 fee. Previously, only regular AppleCare was available for iPods.
Company adds new matching color to iPod line; iPod Classic untouched
In addition to the "Space Gray" color option it unveiled for its iPhone line earlier today, Apple has altered its iPod options to add the color to the choices available, or replaces any previous black option -- except for the 16GB iPod touch model and the iPod Classic, both of which were offered in a dark gray style prior to today's rollout. The iPod Classic, unchanged in its two gray color options, remains available on the Apple online store despite rumors to the contrary. The "Space Gray" makeover strongly hints at forthcoming changes to the iPad.
Follows wording change suggesting all iOS devices now supporting textbooks
Shortly after changing the wording regarding iOS device compatibility on its iBooks Textbooks pages, a new dedicated page for the educational e-books has been spotted in the Education section of the iOS 7 App Store for iPhone -- confirming that the wording change was heralding new compatibility for iBooks Textbooks and iPhones (and by extension, iPod touch devices). While the section (which is currently only available to developers and testers running iOS 7) is not yet fully functional or stocked with many selections, the category artwork does appear to be optimized for the 4-inch iPhone display.
Utilizes existing Lightning cables for charging
Accessory maker TwelveSouth has launched a new HiRise stand, this time for smaller Lightning-equipped devices. The unit operates like a dock, propping up a device for easy viewing and control while it continues to charge. Owners must, however, have their own Lightning cable ready to make the stand work as intended.
Refurbished iPads as low as $279
This week at Apple's online store, find reduced prices on iPad, iPad mini and iPod. The refurbished iPad mini with Wi-Fi, 16GB of storage, dual-core A5 chip and 5MP iSight camera is $279 after a $50 discount. For $319, after a $80 price drop, is the refurbished iPad 2 with Wi-Fi, 16GB of storage, dual-core A5 chip, and FaceTime with dual cameras.
Carrier says iPod touch case caught up at FCC
FreedomPop, the service looking to disrupt the low end of the wireless industry with free service and low cost devices, apologized this week for delays in shipping its WiMax iPod touch cover. The cover, FreedomPop says, is caught up in the approval process at the Federal Communications Commission. To make it up to pre-orderers, the company is offering a FreedomPop Photon mobile hotspot with 2GB of free data, as well as the possibility of a free sleeve.
Non-developers likely finding sources, but beta reported unstable
Mobile advertising and analytics firm Chitika has noted that some 0.22 percent of the iPhone and iPod Touch US userbase is already running the iOS 7 beta, just a few days following its debut. While reports of iOS 7 testing were seen on most Mac, iOS and technology sites for weeks before its first developer release, the sheer growth of the beta OS has grown steadily since Monday, doubling what was seen in the final beta of iOS 6, for example. On top of that, the iOS 6 beta also included iPads, while an iPad version of iOS 7 is not yet available.
iPod nano, iPod touch, iPad mini
This week at Apple's online store save up to 33 percent on the refurbished iPod models. The refurbished 16GB iPod nano is available in yellow, silver, slate, green, purple, blue, and pink and has seen a $50 discount to $99. Currently 4th generation iPod touch models start at $129 for the 8GB configuration, and are $149, $179, and $229 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models respectively.
Player still in shadow of iPhone, iPad
Apple has sold over 100 million iPod touches since the device was launched in 2007, the company tells The Loop. The media player was conceived as a stripped-down iPhone, lacking any calling, texting, or cellular data functions, but otherwise sharing the same touchscreen interface and many of the same features. It has since become popular as a gaming platform, owing to its ability to run many of the same apps as the iPhone without the extra cost.
Rear camera, color options, iPod touch loop removed from 16GB music player
Apple has added a new iPod touch with a smaller 16GB capacity to its roster. The quiet addition to the iPod touch range slots behind the current 32GB and 64GB fifth generation devices, launched last year, and though it has lost some of its storage space, Apple has opted to remove a number of other features from it as well.
Mac mini and iPods
Find bargain prices on refurbished Mac mini models today at Apple's online store. The refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, an Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and dual 500GB hard drives has been reduced by $240 to $759. For $889 is the refurbished Mac mini with OS X Server, a 2.0GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and dual 750GB hard drives.
Current-gen refurbished iPods from $129
At Apple's online store this week, take advantage of price cuts on refurbished iPods and iPad minis. The refurbished, current-generation 16GB iPod nano has been reduced by $20 to $129, and is available in yellow, silver, slate, green, purple, blue and pink. Also available now are refurbished current-generation iPod touch models. The 32GB Touch is priced at $249 after a $50 discount, and comes in white, blue, pink, black, or yellow. The 64GB touch is priced at $349 in blue, pink, black, yellow or white.
iMac, iPod and iPad at discounted prices
Apple's online store currently offers a wide selection of refurbished iMacs, iPods and iPads. The 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive has been reduced by $200 to $1,099. For $1,269 is the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.9GHz Intel quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
Users can collect unused data for later; 30 percent already on board
FreedomPop, a cellular internet service provider and maker of an iPod Touch case that can turn it into a full working smartphone, has just implemented a new "data rollover" feature for its plans, which let users keep unused data from month to month. The service, which offers 500MB of monthly WiMAX and LTE cellular data for free following the purchase of one of its custom sleeves for iPhones or iPod touch models, allows users to share data with friends and earn additional free data through referrals. It provides either mobile or home internet service.
Discounts up to $50 available on iPads, iPods
At its eBay refurb store, Apple is now selling the 13.3-inch MacBook Air for $899 -- $100 less than the price of a similarly refurbished model at the official online Apple store, AppleInsider notes. Other products are also getting unusual deals, such as 32 and 64GB iPod touches, which are going for $179 and $229 -- $30 and $50 off Apple's normal refurb costs. Verizon models of the iPad 2 are listed at $429 for 32GB and $529 for 64GB, in each case $50 less than normal.
Orders must be in by January 30 to ensure on-time delivery
Apple has launched a special Valentine's Day promotion for the upcoming holiday on its online store, highlighting the iPad and iPad mini as gift ideas along with an assortment of iPad accessory categories. Also featured is the company's iPod touch and iPod nano, augmented with offers of free shipping, free engraving and even a Valentine-themed Apple Store gift card good for hardware or software purchases at online and retail Apple Stores. The company has added a special webpage showing order delivery deadlines.
Refurbished iPods and Retina MacBook Pros
This week at Apple's online store, save on refurbished iPods and Retina MacBook Pros. Take advantage of special limited-time pricing on the refurbished fourth-generation iPod touch, which starts at $129 for the 8GB model, $179 for the 32GB configuration, or get a 64GB Touch for $229. The refurbished 8GB iPod nano is also available in silver for $99 after a $30 price cut.
iPod touch only $229
Deals from DealNN this week include price cuts on iPods and notebooks as well as some Cyber Monday deals that are available all week. BestBuy.com's deal of the day today is on the 4th generation 32GB iPod touch in black which has been reduced by $20 from $249.99 down to $229.99, which ties Apple's price for a refurbished model. The iPod touch features 32GB of memory for up to 7,000 songs, 40,000 digital photos or up to 40 hours of video. A one year limited warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Wii U, iPhone, non-Apple tablets among other coveted tech
The Apple iPad is far and away the most coveted product for by kids and teenagers, a new Nielsen study suggests. 48 percent of surveyed kids aged 6 to 12 would like one in the next six months, while 21 percent of those 13 and older want the device. The iPad mini is fourth place amongst the 6-12 group at 36 percent, and ninth place in the 13+ demographic, coming in at 11 percent.
May be caused by touch panels
The iPhone 5 and the fifth-generation iPod touch are both showing problems with handling diagonal swipes, accounts say. While the devices should work properly with regular gestures, quick diagonals can cause response to drop off. The issue is reproducible in multiple apps, and in iOS 6, 6.0.1, and the 6.1 beta. Other devices -- like the iPhone 4S and the fourth-generation iPad -- are said to be immune.
iPod touch special price, starting at $129
Right now at Apple's online store take advantage of special limited time pricing on refurbished 4th generation iPod touch models now starting at only $129 for the 8GB Touch in white. A $70 price drop is offered on the 32GB iPod touch making it $179, while the 64GB iPod touch has seen a $100 price break to $229, both models are available in white or black.