All the news from the Apple event today has been reported elsewhere (Engadget and MacRumorsLive.com, Gizmodo, among others — some are crashing right now from the strain of visitors like me), but I’ll give you a quick summary.
New iPod models: 30GB for $250, 80GB for $350. These feature longer battery life, brighter screen, and games (Bejeweled, Mahjong, Pac Man, Tetris, Texas Hold ‘Em, and more).
New iPod nano models: 2GB (silver) for $150, 4GB (all colors except black) for $199, 8GB (all colors) for $250
iTunes 7: new views including “Cover Flow” view (browse by album cover), upgraded video resolution in the store (H.264 encoded at 640 x 480 resolution “near DVD quality”). Some other interface tweaks. Should be available for download from apple.com later today.
iTunes Movies!: So far, only Disney and Disney-owned companies are on board (Disney, Pixar, Touchstone, Miramax). Most movies for $9.99, new releases for $12.99 preorder and first week, new releases $14.99 after first week. Over 75 titles at launch.
iTV: This is only a codename as the product won’t be available until Q1 2007. It’s a settop box about half the size of a Mac Mini featuring 802.11 wireless, USB2, Ehternet, HDMI connector for HDTVs, RGB video cables, analog audio jacks, optical audio… pretty much pimpin’. Basically, it should let people stream videos to their TV in HDTV quality. I would speculate it can communicate with your computer via wireless network, but it should also be able to rent videos. This will be a revolutionary product for the digital movie era.
And… that looks to be it. The event closed with a performance from John Legend.
I’m gonna buy one of those 30GB iPods as soon as the store updates. I’m going to upgrade to iTunes 7 as soon as I’m done removing the DRM from all my iTunes 6 purchases and the website gets updated.
Errr…: Five seconds later, the Apple website has been updated. Have at it.