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Apple releases updated 16GB iPod touch, drops price on 32GB and 64GB models

Apple has released an updated 16GB iPod touch for $199. While the previous 16GB model featured no rear camera and only came in Space Gray, the new version has a 5-megapixel iSight camera and comes in the same array of colors as the 32GB and 64GB models — space gray, silver, pink, yellow, blue, and (Product) red.

The updated 16GB iPod touch is still based on the 2012 platform, still uses the the Apple A5 chip, and still has a 4-inch Retina display. In addition to the new 16GB model, the larger capacity versions have received a price drop. The 32GB iPod touch now costs $249, down from $299, while the 64GB model is now $299, formerly $399.

Below is Apple’s press release regarding the new, low-end model.

Apple Brings Vibrant Colors & iSight Camera to Most Affordable iPod touch Model

iPod touch Lineup Now Starting at $199

CUPERTINO, California—June 26, 2014—Apple® today announced its 16GB iPod touch® is now available in vibrant colors and equipped with a 5 megapixel iSight® camera for just $199. The entire iPod touch lineup features the 5 megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, brilliant 4-inch Retina® display, Apple’s A5 chip and FaceTime® camera. iPod touch features an ultra-thin and light anodized aluminum design and is available in pink, yellow, blue, silver, space gray and (PRODUCT) RED. iPod touch comes in a 16GB model for $199, 32GB for $249, and 64GB for $299.

iPod touch comes with iOS 7, offering more than 200 features including Camera app filters that let you easily add real-time photo effects. Additionally, the Photos app offers ways to automatically organize your photos based on time and location. With iCloud® Photo Sharing, it’s simple to share photos and videos with exactly the people you want to see them and your friends and family can comment and access their shared streams from any iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch, Mac® or PC at any time. This fall, iOS 8 will be supported on the entire iPod touch lineup.

With the revolutionary App Store℠ on iPod touch, users in 155 countries have access to over 1.2 million apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, including hundreds of thousands of games. More than 75 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store. Customers also have the iTunes Store® at their fingertips, giving instant access to an incredible selection of music, TV shows, movies and books to purchase and download directly to their iPod touch.

Pricing & Availability iPod touch 16GB is available starting in the US today and worldwide in the coming days, in pink, yellow, blue, silver and space gray through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested price of $199 (US). Starting today, the 32GB and 64GB models have been repriced worldwide, at a suggested price of $249 (US) for the 32GB model and $299 (US) for the 64GB model. iPod touch requires a Wi-Fi connection or a Mac with a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port, Mac OS X v10.6.8 or later and iTunes® 10.7 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later and iTunes 10.7 or later. An Apple ID is required for some iPod touch features.

(PRODUCT) RED models of iPod touch are available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com) and Apple’s retail stores.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.



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iWatch reportedly being put through the paces by pro athletes

The Apple iWatch is anticipated to include loads of fitness capabilities, and to test them Apple has reportedly turned to several professional athletes. If there’s anybody who would know what they need out of a fitness gadget, it’d be those for whom sports is their job. And so, Apple is reported to have called in athletes from the MLB, NHL, and NBA to help in testing out the wearable.

According to 9to5Mac:

Apple is said to be working with Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Kings right winger Dustin Brown, and a few other star athletes, including a player from the Boston Red Sox, on the testing project. The athletes are said to have signed non-disclosure-agreements regarding the existence of the upcoming Apple wearable device. Nonetheless, Bryant was spotted at Apple’s campus last month meeting with Apple design chief Jony Ive. Indeed, the meeting between the pair is said to have been in regards to “iWatch” testing.

The testing is said to have taken place “on multiple occasions over the past several weeks”, with the athletes in question visiting Apple’s Cupertino headquarters for briefings. The integration of fitness sensors and tracking in an iWatch would tie closely to the Apple M7 motion co-processor that’s included in modern iOS devices as well as the health-tracking HealthKit software built into iOS 8.

We aren’t expecting to see an iWatch for several more months, but what would you like to see it track, fitness-wise?

Source: 9to5Mac



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