Autumn is near. In the tech world, it is evident by the pending new products coming in the next few months. One sure sign is Apple’s fall event announcing their upcoming products. The Apple event held on Sept. 12 dominated much of last week’s media coverage as they presented new models of their iPod and iPhone lines.
Apple touts their new iPhone 5 as “the thinnest smartphone in the world,” measuring at only 7.6mm thick. Other features of the iPhone 5 include a 4-inch Retina display and an A6 processor for doubling the processor and graphic performance. In addition, the phone features an 8-megapixel iSight camera and a new FaceTime HD front facing camera.
One new feature of the iPhone 5 is the new thin Lightning connector which replaces the old 30-pin connector. An adapter will be available so that users can still use their legacy accessories with the new connection.
The iPhone 5 runs on the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 6. According to Apple, iOS 6 includes more than 200 new features such as “the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook organization; and even more Siri features and languages.”
Read more about the new iPhone 5 at www.apple.com/pr/library/2012/09/12Apple-Introduces-iPhone-5.html and www.apple.com/ iphone/.
Apple also announced new additions to their iPod touch and iPod nano lines. Read more at www.apple.com/pr/library/2012/09/12Apple-Introduces-New-iPod-touch-iPod-nano.html. The new iPod touch features a four-inch Retina display; a five-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording; Apple’s A5 chip; Siri; and runs on the new iOS 6. The new iPod touch comes in five different colors, blue, pink, yellow, white with silver and black with slate.
Pre-orders for the new iPod touch have already begun through the Apple Online Store at www.apple.com. The 32GB model is priced at $299, while the 64GB model sales for $399. Retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers will begin selling the new iPod touch in October.
Read more about the new iPod touch at www.apple.com/ipod-touch.
The newly redesigned iPod nano features “a 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display; convenient navigation buttons; and built-in Bluetooth for wireless listening,” according to Apple. The new iPod nano also includes a pedometer and Nike+. It is available in seven colors: blue, green, pink, purple, yellow, silver and slate. The suggested retail price for the 16GB model of the iPod nano is $149.
Read more about the new iPod nano at www.apple.com/ipod-nano/.
As always, when new Apple product lines are launched, so are new software to run and interact with those new products. In this case, Apple has announced an all new redesigned iTunes for both Macs and PCs. Apple has revamped the software with integration with iCloud and cleaned up the interface for ease of use. They have redesigned the iTunes Store, Apple Store and iBookstore as well. The free download of the new iTunes software will be available in October at www.itunes.com.
Read more about the new iTunes software at www.apple.com/pr/library/2012/09/12Apple-Unveils-New-iTunes.html and www.apple.com/itunes/new-itunes/.
Roku has released a minor update for their Roku 2, Roku LT and new Roku HD players. The software update will add support for new channels, provide improved playback for the MLB.TV channel, optimize performance and some bug fixes.
Read more at http://blog.roku.com/blog/2012/09/13/minor-update-for-roku-2-roku-lt-and-new-roku-hd/.
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