Yet more shiny gadgets from Cupertino
At the risk of being branded an Apple fanboy/zealot, I must say that yesterday’s ‘music’ event announcements are pretty cool. OK, the iPod Touch is no surprise, being essentially an iPhone 4 sans phone, as widely predicted, but – wow – doesn’t the Nano look incredibly cute? And before anyone does cry “OMG!! ZEALOT!!”, my wife also cooed over it, but in particular about it using Multi-Touch and Voiceover, and has the Shuffle-style clip, as this makes things much easier for her to use (she’s visually impaired) than, say, her current 2nd generation Shuffle or the 1st gen Nano she once owned.
I’m a bit hmmm about the Ping concept, but time will tell, I guess.
Glad to hear iOS 4.2 will be out in November as, I don’t know about you, but having iOS 4 on my 3Gs makes the iPad seem very cumbersome in use. By the way – Apple, if you are reading this – the Canon MP620 is a very popular Wireless printer, albeit an older model now, but works great for me. I will not be a happy camper to find that ‘wireless printing’ in 4.2 reads ‘wireless printing*’ with the classic small-print disclaimer – subject to you owning the manufacturer’s latest and greatest printer 😉
Finally, back to the Touch. I predict FaceTime will explode (minds out of the gutter, please) amongst the “Mummy and Daddy aren’t so rich/aren’t so stupid to give me an iPhone” teenagers this Christmas. In general, it’s great that Apple mirror the Touch product features with iPhone (and certainly, it’s great for iOS developers since an 8GB Touch is significantly more affordable as a gift, so almost guaranteeing a healthy extra income stream for App Store sales). I guess this iteration of the Touch will be the one with record-breaking sales. I would be interested to see statistics on how much Apple makes from developers in sales of all the (now) numerous Apple hardware that is required to effectively develop for iOS now though….