Touch-screen Nano part of Apple's new iPod lineup

Sep 01, 2010 By JORDAN ROBERTSON and JESSICA MINTZ , AP Technology Writers
Apple CEO Steve Jobs smiles during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(AP) -- Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs announced a new line of iPods on Wednesday, including a Nano model that has a touch screen and lacks buttons.

Like previous versions, the Nano has a built-in FM tuner and can display photos. But instead of buttons, controls for playing, pausing and selecting music are right on the screen. It will cost $149 for the 8 gigabyte version and $179 for 16 gigabytes.

In a refresh to the iPod Touch, Apple is adding video-chat features similar to the newest iPhone. It has a front-facing camera for conducting video chats with other iPod Touch and iPhone users over Wi-Fi using Apple's FaceTime program. A camera on the back can be used for taking snapshots and recording video. Prices range from $229 to $399.

Jobs also introduced a new iPod Shuffle, the lowest-end in Apple's line. Like the past generation, it can speak the names of playlists and songs. But unlike the most recent of the tiny music players, the new $49 device brings back the square shape and buttons of Apple's second-generation Shuffle.

Apple, meanwhile, is adding social features to its iTunes software. Jobs said iTunes 10 brings new ways for people to learn what their friends are listening to. The feature, called Ping, is likely based on the technology Apple acquired with the purchase of Lala.com last year.

The Ping section in iTunes lets people "follow" friends, musicians and others, similar to the way and Twitter work. Ping builds custom top-10 lists based on what the people someone follows are listening to.

Earlier, Jobs also said iPhone users will be getting a software update that offers the ability to upload high-definition video over Wi-Fi. And when people take photos, the new software will save three slightly different copies that, when combined, make for a sharper image.

The new software is version 4.1 of the iOS system. It will be available next week for free, initially for Apple Inc.'s and iPod Touch.

The currently runs an older version, though Jobs said an update coming in November will add such features as wireless printing to Apple's tablet computer. had been criticized for making a powerful device but hobbling it by not including any ports for USB devices such as printers or thumb drives.

Jobs appeared at a media event in a crew neck rather than his trademark mock turtleneck.

Explore further: E Ink isn't just for e-readers any more

4 /5 (4 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

iPod Nano to come with video camera

Sep 09, 2009

Apple announced on Wednesday that it was adding a video camera to its iPod Nano and cutting prices of its wildly popular music players.

Apple CEO Jobs on stage, discusses transplant

Sep 09, 2009

(AP) -- Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs returned Wednesday to the showman role that has helped define his company leadership, taking the stage for the first time since his medical leave to announce such new products ...

HP Adds iPod shuffle to Digital Music Player Lineup

Jul 01, 2005

Rounding out its lineup of digital music players, HP today added the Apple iPod shuffle from HP. HP is offering two models: the $99.99 512 megabyte version, which holds up to 120 songs, and the $129.99 1 gigabyte version, whi ...

Recommended for you

E Ink isn't just for e-readers any more

Dec 24, 2014

E-readers may be passe, but you could soon see the black-and-white, easy-to-read screens that helped make them a big hit in a lot more places and products.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.