Feeds

Apple revamps iPod line-up

Shakes Nano particularly

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Yes, it's iPod update time, with new Nanos and Touches, and tweaked Shuffles and Classics all announced by Apple this evening.

Touch first. The iPhone-alike player finally gets physical volume controls on its side - now a mere 8.5mm thick. Like the iPhone 3G, the new Touch is not only slimmer but sports a curvier, shiny metal back and a speaker.

Apple 2G iPod TouchApple 2G iPod Touch

Apple's 2G iPod Touch: steely

Apple claimed the new model offers a day-and-a-half's music playback - 36 hours - and six hours showing videos.

But as before, the capacities on offer are 8GB, 16GB and 32GB.

Apple re-coloured Shuffle

Apple's iPod Shuffle: new colours

Ditto the Shuffle, which is still offered in 1GB and 2GB versions, this time with a change of colours - Apple is favouring bolder, brighter hues this year.

Apple 4G Nano

Apple's 4G Nano: new old design

The same goes for the revamped Nano, now back in an upright, less squat form, as the various leaks and case-shots of the last week or so showed.

The 90.7 x 38.7 x 6.2mm, 36.8g unit features a 2in, 240 x 320, 204ppi screen and a choice of 8GB or 16GB storage capacity.

Apple said the new Nano offers 24 hours' music playback or four hours of video.

Apple 4G Nano

Genius on-board DJ

One neat touch: the Nano will read out menus, song titles and so on, allowing you to navigate the player's options and contents without having to peer at the screen. The screenless Shuffe could do with that too.

Shake the Nano and it'll go into shuffle mode, rather like Sony Ericsson's latest Walkman phones do. Tilt it sideways, and the screen automatically rotates into landscape mode, just like the Touch does.

It'll even choose songs for you, matching songs by type, tempo and the like, and dropping them automatically into a special playlist. The Touch has this iTunes 8-based "Genius" feature too.

The Classic remains a black-and-white offering, but it now comes with a 120GB hard drive.

The 8GB Nanos will retail for $149/£109 and the 16GB versions for $199/£149 . Each model is offered in the same selection of nine rainbow colours. The 1GB and 2GB Shuffles are only available in five colours and cost $49/£32 and $69/£45, respectively.

The Classic costs $249/£179 while the three capacities of Touch are priced at $229/£169, $299/£219 and $399/£289

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS
It's got four KILOWATTS of something, apparently
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?
Subtle, naturalistic ambiance – perfect for Transformers 4
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.