Apple Announces Upgraded iTunes, iPod Nano, iPod Touch and iOS 6

Apple Announces Upgraded iTunes, iPod Nano, iPod Touch and iOS 6

09/13/12

iPod Touch Features

Apple introduced updated versions of the iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iOS 6 and iTunes, along with the iPhone 5 of course, at their huge media event yesterday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.  As expected, the Internet is buzzing with Apple fan appreciation.  Here's a breakdown of all the new features you can expect to see with the iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iOS 6 and iTunes:

iTunes

  • A major iTunes update will be arriving early next month
  • The upgraded version of iTunes will include a simpler interface that keeps your music at the forefront
  • iTunes will work seamlessly with iCloud, keeping your entire music library at your fingertips
  • Albums will be displayed in a grid interface. Songs will be shown underneath when you click the cover art
  • Searching has been upgraded with a mini album cover being displayed with results along with song info and playback controls
  • A new feature called Up Next Feature lets you see what songs are coming up and you can rearrange them, or double-click one to hear it
  • The MiniPlayer has been upgraded as well. You can rollover the player for controls and there's built-in search

iPod Nano

  • The seventh generation iPod nano has a 2.5" 16:9 touchscreen with a resolution of 432x240 and it comes with a home button located underneath the screen
  • The shape of the iPod nano has been completely redesigned and is now narrow and rectangular similar to the fourth and fifth generation nanos
  • This is the the thinnest iPod nano every made measuring in at 5.43mm
  • There are many colors available including red, yellow, purple, pink, green, blue, silver and black
  • The battery can support 30 hours of music and 3.5 hours of video
  • The iPod nano is only available in 16GB and costs $149.  You'll be able to purchase it in early October

iPod Touch

  • The fifth-generation iPod touch is lighter, thinner and has a new anodized aluminum chassis
  • The shape has been redesigned to resemble an iPhone 5 and is much more rectangular
  • There are many colors available including black, silver, pink, blue and yellow. The black comes with a black bezel while the other colors sport a white bezel
  • The screen is 4 inches and comes with a 1136x640 Retina display
  • The plastic antenna window has made a comeback on the backside of the iPod next to the camera
  • It's 6.1mm thick and weighs 88 grams
  • The camera has been upgraded with a 5 Megapixel backside illuminated sensor with a sapphire cover to keep pictures crisp and clear
  • You can also take Panorama picture with the new iPod Touch and use FaceTime too
  • The iPod touch will be available in October for $299 for 32 GB and $399 for 64 GB

iOS 6

  • You'll be able to get your hands on iOS 6 on September 19th, 2012
  • The update is free and available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, the fourth-generation iPod Touch and the second and third generation iPads
  • You can download iOS 6 over the air on September 19th, 2012 if you currently have iOS 5 installed
  • You'll get a brand new Maps system with vector-based maps, satellite images, free directions, displayed points of interest and new 3D flyover locations including London, Boston, San Francisco and Sydney
  • An upgraded Notification Center will allow you to tweet or post to Facebook directly from it. This means you can use Siri to post a status update or share images
  • Safari comes with fullscreen landscape mode and you'll also find iCloud Tabs which allow you to sync your open websites across all your synced iOS 6 devices
  • Similar to Gmail, Apple's new Mail feature will allow you to designate VIP status to certain individuals.  Mail from these VIP's will appear in a special folder and you can set up special notifications too
  • Store all your passes, tickets, boarding passes, coupons and concert tickets in Passbook. You can shred these after you've finished using them
  • Siri has been upgraded and the quirky little voice assistant can now make reservations for dinner, post to social networks and much more

Along with the new iPhone 5, Apple proudly launched iOS 6, an upgraded iPod Touch and iPod Nano as well as a brand new iTunes store yesterday at a highly publicized event in San Francisco.  If you're interested in watching the media event, make sure you visit Apple's YouTube channel.  What are you most excited about? Were there any features you expected to see but didn't? Let us know in the comments below.