Some of the biggest news today at the Apple event today was the new iPod touch. It was hardly a surprise, since everyone had pretty much guessed the new features. Still, it's fun to see Apple always moving ahead. As expected, it has a camera (including HD video), a front-facing camera for videoconferencing, the FaceTime software first offered in iPhone 4, and the new and very impressive 960 x 640 retina display. The new iPod touch starts at $229 for the 8GB model. It's amazing how far this device has come.
If you're like me, you watched today's Apple event and paid a great deal of attention to what Steve Jobs said. And to what he didn't say.
Steve said that 'everything' is coming to iPad in 4.2 later this year and then he specifically mentioned 'HDR Photos'... so, did he foreshadow a camera for the iPad? It's already overdue and now that the iPod touch has two cameras, it's LONG overdue. Remember, this is Apple's most expensive iOS device.
It's official Truphone has cut rates in half to $12.95 month for it's Truphone Unlimited app http://bit.ly/bMI56K service. Basically this turns my iPad 3G/WIFI into a heavy duty business machine writing reports, scheduling, e-mail, and now very low-cost phone. I don't know how they do it, but they must have been reading Thomas Freedman and realized that the world is flat, and have passed it along to the rest of us.
-- Post From John Painter's iPad
Its simple to see some of these newer apps on the rise but some of the most important ones are whats most popular; not just new. Social Networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and other blogging websites alone are all popular amongst not only the younger age group; however every single group of ages! Companies are now using Twitter as well as Facebook to promote and advertise and we see it more and more everywhere we turn. Specifically, Twitter seems to be on more of a rise since its launch. The 140 character limit on a "tweet" seems to allow for more of a quick and to the point message to send to all of its followers.
Decent audio dock components (ones that don't cost a fortune, but produce a good sound) for iPod (only iPod...correction posted) are pretty common now, but finding one that looks totally cool doing it is always a bonus. This year, I checked out quite a few audio-related components for iPhone, and iPod (starting back in January at CES). The iCrystal is one of my favorites in this category of dock for iPod. It plays music, it charges, and it looks totally awesome in the process...
Generally, the iPhone and the iPad get all the noise, and why not, they're sexy, but the iPod Touch has been a stealthy money-maker for Apple, more than an iPod and less than an iPhone, it's been selling huge and quietly.
In February 2010, BusinessInsider.com featured it on their always interesting Chart of the Day:
One thing I like about the new iPhone 4 has nothing to do with what it can do. Apple has done users the terrific favour of making it available directly from them UNLOCKED. While you have to pay full price, and won't get the cost subsidized by a carrier, it also means that you can now shop for the best deal voice+text+data you can find, possibly even avoiding a long-term contract.
It's always fun to speculate ahead of Apple's September revelations and veteran Apple watchers are predicting that the forth-coming updated iPod Touch will finally have the ability to shoot stills and video.
The Moshi Voice Control Bluetooth Speakerphone is supposed to stay in your car, but mine doesn’t. Just for fun, I hooked it to my computer screen in my office and I discovered that using it in the office is just as convenient as using it in the car! When I get a call, I continue working and answer the phone call at the same time!
Pinball wizards who are fans of Pinball HD for the iPad will be happy to learn that the same developer has created a pinball table for Sony Music themed with the heavy metal rock band Slayer.
Fans of Slayer's music will no doubt find the pinball interpretation of their music and visual style worth investigating, but for those of us who are not Slayer fans yet still looking for a pinball fix beyond Pinball HD will be satisfied with this game.