Steve Jobs(Apple CEO) unveiled new iPhone-like iPods, complete with cameras and FaceTime. Jobs also demonstrated Apple’s new Ping social network for the iTunes Store that he described as “Facebook and Twitter meets iTunes.” Jobs announced a new iOS 4.01, with iOS 4.2 due soon. Jobs also introduced a new Apple TV.
Apple has thrown down the gauntlet to Facebook and Twitter with the launch of a new social-networking service designed specifically for music fans.
Ping, a social music discovery service, is built in to Apple’s iTunes software, a programme used by more than 160 million people to download songs and organise their music library.
The company’s adding elements to the iPod Touch previously found on its iPhone: Front and rear facing cameras as well as its video chat feature, Facetime. The company’s tiny iPod shuffle is seeing a return of buttons and square shape, while the iPod Nano is getting the addition of touch screen technology for managing music.
At a packed media event in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed off a $99 Apple TV set-top box that will deliver shows from Fox and ABC for 99 cents, as well as a collection of high-definition movies for $4.99. Unlike its $229 predecessor, the new Apple TV will not have any internal storage and will deliver only streamed content from either Apple or from a user’s computer. Apple TV, which will also feature Netflix, will go on sale in four weeks.
Apple streamed the event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, via its web site, but the stream was available only to those using iPads, the latest iPods and iPhones, or Mac computers running the most recent Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system. The newest version, 4.01, will be available next week and will fix a glitch in the iPhone 4 involving the proximity sensor.
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