Jobsnote wrap-around: in Apple’s words, REVOLUTIONARY. actually, meh..
The big keynote has just ended. We’ll get ‘fabulous’ iPhone ringtone for a huge price, and the iPod line’s been refreshed, with a new member born, the iPhone touch.
Apple fanboys, read no further. The rational analysis and non-reverence to Steve Jobs and his cohorts will utterly shock you. It might even pose a danger to your health. uSheep… Thinkers everywhere, please read on and share your opinions.
As usual, there’s little innovation, and some huge cashcow milking. Everything’s convenient for Apple, everything will be adored by the hordes of fanboys, little is truly outstanding.
Read on for the marvels and delights of the new iPod lineup. I’ll keep it short, because there’s not much to be said…
First of all, the ringtones for the iPhone.. Well, iTunes gets new options. You can purchase a track for the usual price, and then edit it into a ringtone for 99 cents per edit. That’s plain robbery.. Once you have the tune, why pay for cutting and adding effects?.. Well, it’s Apple, that’s why.
Now, the iPod line refresh:
The shuffle: we now get it in Red, as part of (product) RED. marvellous, isn’t it?
The nano: new design, small, thin, landscape 2 inch QVGA screen. Coverflow (the first nice thing about it). Ugly, I think this is the ugliest iPod yet.
Other niceties you say? yes indeed: Photos, Videos, Games. Stuff that any Chinese mini-PMP has been offering for loong months.
Really high prices: $149 for 4GB and only silver color, and $199 for 8GB and the privilege of different colors.
Battery life? Decent… 24 hours of music or 5 of video. That’s it.
The classic: ridiculously high capacity: 80 or 160 GB. Why one would need that much music on the go is a true mystery to me.. First of all, think of how much you’d have to spend just to fill it. Second, for the happy pirates, think of the fact you’d need iTunes on the computers you use on your way, and that the transfer rate isn’t that great at all.
One cool thing: they’re now made out of metal (but still look exactly as plain as the old ones).
The battery life is alright, but still not enough for a long trip. 30/6 hours for the 80gig version, and 40/7 for the other (which is also a tad thicker).
The prices are high enough.. $249 for the 80 gigger, $349 for 160.
The new member, and surely the future bestseller: the iPod touch!
What a big surprise! It’s an iPhone with no radio. Really! The phone icon has been replaced with an iTunes mobile store, and the messaging with ‘Videos’. You get WiFi, safari, youtube, and the usual iPhone functions, sans the one that have to do with a mobile phone.
It’s a tad thinner, and sports an ugly antenna on the back, for that WiFi.
It’ll come with 8 or 16 GB of flash storage, and empty your wallet by either $299 or $399.
One new feature: Starbucks integration. No, really!.. If you’re in a Starbucks and like the tune played, you can quickly buy it and download it via iTunes to the new iPod.
A good piece of news: the iPhone will cost $399 as of today. We’re talking 8GB here, no words about the 4GB.. It might’ve become impractical and may be discontinued, apparently.
Mobile iTunes will be made available for the iPhone soon. Everything fun and convenient, just to make us pay some more…
Thanks Engadget for your live feed, and for the pictures.
A final notice: all of you fanboys who might accuse me of pointlessly bashing Apple, please include solid arguments when accusing me. I’ll take and answer anything, as long as it’s logical and well backed up.