Newest iPod Nano gets touch capability... so what's the iPod Touch then? Plus, new Apple TV

by Knowlton Thomas

Apple TVSteve Jobs, always on schedule, announced a new line of iPods, including the adorable new iPod Shuffles.

Like the Shuffle, which is now square-shaped, the iPod Nano has once again risked away from its rectangular silhouette into a square format—this time without buttons. The new Nano is all-touch—so Steve had to juice up the "real" iPod Touch.

And he did: it now boasts the iPhone's famous FaceTime feature.

But who really gives a crap about iPods, anyway? They're still popular but what people really came to see yesterday was the new Apple TV.

Apple TV has been redesigned to be small in size but big on entertainment. Rent from the hottest selection of HD movies, plus thousands more. And stream photos and music from your computer to your widescreen TV.

The Apple TV, which is oddly described on the company's website as "silent, cool, and small," is now tinier, cheaper, and darker in colour than its predecessor. No magical or revolutionary features here though, which was relatively disappointing—some wireless remote capabilities, movie rentals, blah blah blah. Was hoping for more. Oh well.

By the way, Steve, have you checked the currency conversion from USD to CAD at all this year? $120 Canadian for a $100 U.S. product doesn't add up anymore. 

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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