Apple Discontinues 4th Gen iPod Touch. Replaces with iSight free 4inch model

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Apple has killed of the old iPod Touch 4th generation in favor of a new $229 iSightless camera. The new iPod has the same processor as the current 5th generation along with the same screen size but is missing the Loop accessory and rear camera. The iPod only comes in the silver metal which seems to be the same as the current metal on the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini (White Versions). The new iPod comes with 16GB of memory and if you want the camera and the loop you will have to spend $300.

Could the reason Apple discontinued the iPod 4th generation because the device would not be able to handle iOS7? If that is the case then the iPhone 4 would have to be discontinued for the same reason the processor wouldn’t be strong enough meaning Apple would probably introduce a cheaper iPhone at WWDC along with iOS 7… Who knows.

You will be able to pick up this new iPod Touch in store starting tomorrow (May 31st) and the online store is currently accepting orders.

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Apple: A Year In Review

2012 was a big year for Apple and us all. As the year of 2012 draws to a close I thought we should take a look back at what Apple did this year because there was a LOT. In 2013 I will post about what I hope Apple does in 2013. Lets get started

iPad With Retina Display (3/4)

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Apple surprised as all by releasing 2iPads this year. The iPad 3 was announced regularly around February with launch shortly after. The iPad 3 was the first iPad with a retina display, had a new A5x processor, and kept the same design as the iPad 2. However that would not be the only full sized iPad seen in 2012. We saw the iPad 4 come out with the iPad Mini on November 2nd. The iPad 4 featured a new A6x processor, and a new lightning connector as well. Some like myself were a little disappointed with this as I wish Apple waited to make a new design for the iPad as the iPad 2 design is getting old. However this was done to have a new iPad people could buy for the holidays and hopefully Apple is working on a new design for us to see next year! Read Our iPad 3 Review

iPhone 5

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The iPhone 5 might be the most hyped product of iOS. The iPhone 5 came and it is wonderful. A new A6 processor, LTE, 4 inch screen, and new design all contribute to the success it has. The iPhone 5 is an amazing phone the best phone I have ever had. The iPhone 5 was rumored to come out last year but instead a 4s was announced. However the iPhone 5 is here and it’s wonderful. Read our iPhone 5 review.

New iPods

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iPods seem to be a second thought for Apple now. The product that once defined the company seems to be lost as Apple focuses more on the iPhone. However the iPod line (except for the classic) got an upgrade this year. The new iPod touch got a 4 inch display along with the iPhone 5, a new design, colors, a 5 megapixel camera, and even a little strap for your wrist. The iPod nano got a redesigned body and a bigger screen. The shuffle got upgraded colors I think.

iPad Mini

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Ever sense Steve Jobs held up the first iPad on stage in all it’s glory there have been rumors for a smaller iPad. Steve stated that a smaller iPad would not be needed and users would not enjoy one in a conference call. That didn’t stop rumors from spreading madly through the internet. I too thought a smaller iPad would be pointless until they really announced it. Apple unveiled the iPad mini in October with an 8 inch display, thin design, Slate and Silver back, A5 processor, and even more. The iPad Mini came out with the iPad 4 on November 2nd and it is growing with consumers. It is a little bit of a better fit then the iPad. However there does need to be a better screen, however this is only the first generation and I have hopes for the future. Read the iPad Mini Review.

Retina Macbook Pro

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There is no denying the Retina Macbook pro is a gorgeous machine. The retina display makes anything else look low class. Not only does the Retina Macbook pro have a higher resolution screen it was the first MacBook pro to ditch the CD/DVD drive. The MacBook air had ditched this a long time ago and now the MacBook pro has joined. Everything really you want is downloadable on the developers website or the Mac App Store. Plus if you can’t live without one then well just buy the drive for $80. The MacBook pro also got an HDMI out connector and a much thinner design.

The New iMac

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I have the first Aluminum iMac from around early 2007 I want to say and I love it. I still use it for games and even this site from time to time so I am excited they sort of changed the design a little bit. The iMacs before were basically the same 2007 rendition just a little bit thinner with an SD card reader added to them which really nobody needs (I have one on my MacBook air and I haven’t even touched it). The new iMac is crazy thin. It’s somewhat incredible to think they can still fit the entire iMac into it. However thin does come with compromise. You will have to give up your CD/DVD drive but that’s not such a problem because again you can download everything. I like the new iMac a lot. I would defiantly recommend it for someone who wants a desktop computer though.

iOS 6

I am going to be completely honest. iOS 6 was a big disappointment and I think Apple knows it. Maps doesn’t bother me because well it get’s me where I need to. However there was too little. Passbook? Okay. Redesigned UI for some Apps? Ehhhhh boring. Panorama is cool. LTE Facetime? Should not be a major feature. Siri? Siri was with the 4S and still needs developer support. I hope Forestall getting fired means we will see change and soon. I have hopes for iOS 7.

So that was 2012 for you. Amazing products and more are to come in 2013. I will be posting getting started guides for iPads, iPhones, and Macs for Christmas in the following days. Happy Holidays!

New iPod Touch launching in 3 weeks?

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The new iPod touch was announced alongside the new iPhone 5 almost a month ago. However we never got a release date for the device is still unknown. Apple gave the vague date of October. However we know a little more of when we can get our hands on Apples newest and best iPod Touch. The device could be launching in 3 weeks according to people who have pre ordered the device with shipping times being “3 weeks”.

The new iPod touch comes in many colors has a new wristband. The new iPod Touch also comes with a new A5 processor and has Siri built into it. The design is new also and the camera has been greatly improved.

Apple Holding Media Event October 5th


Well here we go with the iPhone 5! A report today said that Apple will be holding a media event October 5th too announce new hardware. This news comes from PocketGamer a website dedicated to mobile video games. From PocketGamer:

In the sort of hush-hush operation whereby we’d have to kill you etc etc, it seems that Apple is gearing up for a slightly earlier than previously expected iPhone 5 launch.
Our inside source says there will be a press conference announcing the new hardware on October 5th, with retail release occurring a week later.

The symbolism works well too: iPhone 5, iOS 5, October 5.

If you have been following the iPhone 5 rumors you know this is one of the dates that was expected to be the Keynote for launching iOS 5, The new iPod line, and of course the new iPhone 5. The rumor for the actual day where you can get your hands on one of these devices is October 5th. So now we know when to expect to see all the hardware changes to the next iPhone.

[VIA PocketGamer]

iOS 5 beta 8 this Friday? GM seed September 23rd? Carrier approval by October 5th?

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BGR reports that a source has told them that this Friday won’t bring us GM seed of iOS 5 like we originally thought but in Friday we will have iOS 5 beta 8. Now the only time there has been 8 betas for iOS software was with iOS 2 or iPhone os 2 as it was called back then. Now I think iOS 5 beta 7 is stable and they should skip beta 8 and just fork over the GM seed but that could be just me. Here is the statement from BGR.

After beta 8, Apple will introduce a Gold Master build on or around September 23rd as has been rumored. We believe that build is what will be loaded onto the already-assembled iPhone 5 hardware currently waiting for final software in China.

Now this means the rest of the world could see iOS 5 on October 5th. Also could we see the iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5 September 23rd? Apple usually gives the GM seed around the announcement of a new iPhone so it would make sense. Or could we have to wait till October 5th to see the newest and greatest Apple has to offer? Only time will tell.
[VIA BGR]

A 3G iPod Touch Sounds Magical

For as long as the iPod touch has been around there has always been rumors of Apple adding 3G support somewhat like they do with the current iPad 2 3G. This has never happened but now the rumor of it happening is up again and this time I think it could happen. You see people have been saying the iPod is dead. This may be somewhat true but remember the iPod touch has been for people who don’t want to pay per month. The iPod touch has been a great way to do this and now it could be you don’t need to pay by month if you don’t want to you can pay as you go and use iMessages for texts and Skype for calls instead of a pre-paid iPhone where you need texts and calls and all that stuff you don’t  by an iPod for. You buy an iPod touch for Games, Downloading music, Talking with friends, and for what I see most people use it for. THE WEB. Not texting not calling just using the web with their apps or safari. That’s why the 3G iPod touch is a good idea. Here is a statement posted on macrumors

After talking with multiple people over the past few weeks, we had a lengthy chat with one person who gave us great news about the next iPod Touch. We’ve used this person in the past, but they did qualify their remarks, saying that the iPod Touch changes should make it, but there’s no guarantee the changes will be ready for fall. The 3G iPod Touch idea intrigued us so much back in July, and we’ve been trying to find one of our contacts who can give some credence to the idea. A few have declined to comment, while others honestly have no idea, but the source for this report says that Apple is indeed working on a 3G iPod Touch. Apple is intent on announcing the device during their September event which they usually save for their iPod line, but will include the iPhone as well this year.

All and all I hope they have the options of 3G+wifi or Wifi only. We will see this month hopefully with the arrival of the iPhone 5 as well.