Now that the Apple Event is over, and there have been tons of blog/forum posts all over the major tech websites, I’ll go ahead and post a wrap-up of the event.
My predictions came true, for the most part. I’ll copy and paste the title of each prediction, and say what was wrong and right about it.
1. A new iPod Touch (http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/)
The new iPod Touch has two cameras; a front facing (for facetime) and a rear facing. The megapixel amount was not stated, but there is no flash and the rear camera can record 720p video. The new Touch also includes a Retina display, A4 processor, gyroscope, and a slight redesign (not to look like the iPhone 4, but it’s thinner and has a little flatter back).
2. Either a new iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle
I was kind of surprised by this one. They included both (according to Steve, this was the biggest iPod refresh ever). The new Shuffle brought back the buttons of the second generation, and kept Voiceover of the third. It is also smaller than the second generation.
The new Nano replaced the click wheel with a touchscreen. It is also smaller and squarer (is that a word?). It now has an interface similar to the iPhone/iPod Touch, but doesn’t have most of the features (no accelerometer, no wifi). Apple also removed the camera, FM radio and video playback (which all seem like steps backwards to me). I would have preferred them to keep the click wheel (or maybe make it completely touch sensitive so it doesn’t actually click?) and just update it a little more instead of completely overhauling it, sacrificing some features.
3. iOS 4 for the iPad
Apple announced iOS 4.2 for the iPad. It brings the addition of all the iOS 4 features that are on the iPhone (multitasking, folders, etc).
The rest of these are not what I had in my predictions post, they are just what else happened.
4. iOS 4.1 for the iPhone and iPod Touch
iOS 4.1 was announced as well. It is said to fix performance issues on the iPhone 3G. It also will bring the GameCenter. It also brings high dynamic range (HDR) photos. HDR photos basically underexpose/overexpose the photo and combine them with the original to make a very nice looking picture. iOS 4.1 allows uploading full HD videos over Wi-Fi, which was a problem before with the iPhone 4.
5. iTunes 10 (http://www.apple.com/itunes/ping/)
iTunes 10 is a major iTunes upgrade (they even changed the logo, which is the picture for this post). It includes Ping, which to me sounds like a facebook for music. Not sure how much I’ll use Ping, but it seems neat. Hopefully the new iTunes brings performance increases for Windows, because iTunes for Windows plainly sucks.
6. AirPlay (http://www.apple.com/itunes/airplay/)
AirTunes was a way to stream music over wifi to other devices. Now Apple renamed it to AirPlay because now it can stream Videos as well.
7. A new Apple TV (http://www.apple.com/appletv/)
The new Apple TV is, in one word, tiny. Click here to see how small it is. It doesn’t have any internal storage, and instead rely’s on streaming for all it’s content. You can stream media from your computer to your TV, as well as rent shows/movies. Yes, I said rent. Apple no longer allows purchasing of TV content. Shows are $0.99 per show. Movies vary in price, depending on how old they are. You can download a movie the day it comes on DVD for $5.99, and it goes down from there. Seems relatively cheap, although you can pretty much get free TV shows on Hulu (if you hook a computer up to your TV, but Steve Jobs said that consumers don’t want a computer on their TV)
I think that’s everything, although I’m sure I forgot something.