Apple has just recently announced the iPod nano, which has gotten tons of attention from just about everyone. It turns out that this may not be the biggest iPod announcement of the year. A couple of days ago we brought you a story showing that Apple has included a number of hidden Video buttons in iTunes 5, and now we know why. Will there be an iPod capable of playing video? All signs point to yes. We have confirmed with several inside industry sources that Apple plans on making another major iPod announcement in November. Will it just be a 100 GB iPod? Could be - but we think it is something more.
So, the icons pictured above have been found within iTunes 5. Note the ones labeled “Gift Video,” “Buy Video,” and “Add Video.” In addition, the phrase “Protected MPEG-4 video file” has been found within various text strings within the iTunes 5. Now, can we all agree that Apple has just a bit more up its sleeve in regards to what they want to do with their online media store? After all, Steve did say that this is supposed to be the year of HD.
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Surprise, surprise - more Apple news. Now, call me crazy, but it appears that Apple is bringing back the 30 GB iPod that it took away when the iPod color line went official. If you look in the online store, you will see the graphic to the left - but only if you are looking at the standard iPod product page. If you are looking at the nano or shuffle pages, it reads 20 GB, 5,000 Songs for $299. Switch back to the iPod product page, and it changes to 30 GB, 7,500 Songs for the same price of $299.
Gotta hand it to krose, the man with the scoop. Apparently, one of the flash-based iPods that Apple is going to announce on the 7th will be called the iPod Nano. The newest addition to the iPod line will sport a color screen, store 2 GB of music, and will obviously be much smaller and lighter than the current iPod mini. Here’s to hoping that Apple will also be doing something in the 4 GB, and 8 GB neighborhood. Of course, it would rock if it looked like the image to the right, but sadly, it’s just a mockup. Kevin also states that the Cingular iTunes phone will be announced as well, but we all knew that already, didn’t we?
UPDATE: Here is the real iPod nano. Sexy.
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Think Secret has been known to break news days before Apple breaks it with an eerie success rate (and a few lawsuits from Apple to boot). They are now reporting that the big announcement that Apple will be making on the 7th will include the following things:
iPod Phone - the iPod phone will come in a 256MB and 512MB capacity and will launch on Cingular in the US. The phone will be able to sync with a desktop computer as well as buy songs over the wireless data network - a handy feature for when you just have to hear the track a friend reminded you about. No word on battery life, or if you can increase the storage.
Flash-based iPod mini - a significant update to the iPod mini with flash based memory for a smaller size, along with a color screen. The new iPod mini Flash will also be available in 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB storage sizes with the physical device turning out to be 25% smaller. No word if the battery life will also be improved by the removal of the Microdrive.
iPod shuffle - getting a minor, but expected, update. The two existing models will get cheaper and there will be a new 2GB model in the $129-$149 range which will still lack a screen.
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Google may be about to release the GoogleOS. A screenshot has emerged claiming to be of the operating system and displaying hits of a GoogleSuite and advanced search technology. The GoogleSuite would be a word processor, and spreadsheet application - coupled with Gmail, Gtalk, and an internet browser most of the average users needs would be met. We don’t think that this is really going to happen and are of the mindset that the screenshot is a photoshopped fake - the UI is too primitive to be a reality, and Google seems better served by providing everything as a web application. The one way that Google could really be on to something here is if they can polish it up and make it into a LiveCD that a user could stick into any computer and run to have an instant copy of the GoogleOS without harming the hard drive. Assuming that the computer had a fast internet connection when the computer booted the user could log into their Gmail account and load all of their settings, preferences, and files. Then when you are done, eject the CD and walk away. Over at Gear Live we are not holding our breath but we certainly will watch this to see if it develops into something interesting.
It looks like our guess about a LiveCD was not too far off. Gizmodo has provided additional information that it will be installed onto a USB keychain hard drive. While not a lot of details about this exist at the moment it’s looking like more and more of a possibility that this is real. While the new details emerging seem technically sound (and even quite advanced in some respects) hopefully Google will polish the UI a bit more before they would release a useful product like this onto the marketplace.
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