Big news today: iTunes 9, iPhone 3.1

Apple held a much-heralded press conference today, and the big news was the release of iPhone 3.1 and iTunes 9. Of course, a lot of people were expecting a tablet computer or some other goody to be announced, but zilch there. However, the "one more thing" today was a new iPod Nano with a built-in video camera to compete with the wildly popular Flip. Anyway, for me the most notable feature of the new software is the ability to organize your apps, which you can now do on your desktop computer in iTunes just by dragging around the icons. Other features include Genius Recommendations for apps and Genius Mixes. Also announced was a new iPod touch and lower prices for these devices. You can read the play-by-play of the event on MacWorld.


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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.