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This is the day early adopters and those with low EQ have been dreading. Apple has announced the release of the beefed-up models of the iPod Touch and iPhone that comes with more storage capacity.
The iPod Touch, for its part, now comes with 32 GB which can approximately store up to 7000 songs (128-kbps AAC format) or 40 hours of video. With this release, it now out-weights my iPod 5th Gen 30 GB by just a couple more gigs. Safe to say, I’m now really tempted to get me a Touch.
The iPhone likewise doubles up on its capacity now offering 16 GB of storage.
This is probably in anticipation for the SDK release scheduled this month, but the question now is, which model will be making its debut in Asia this year?
Rumor has it that a 3G capable version will be released in
So don't be surprised if there's a sudden surge of pre-owned iPhones and Touches hitting the market one of these days as these new models will surely drive fanboys for a quick upgrade.
Apple recently released a firmware update for the 5G and 5.5G iPod line which caused a bit of a stir due to reports that upon installing the latest update, the contents of their iPod were completely wiped out.
The problem, as some suggest, is due to iTunes which should be version 7.5 when installing the 1.2.2 firmware update, but others refute this claim saying that they themselves, having used lower version of iTunes, were able to update their firmware without a hitch. Others, on the other hand, point the blame on Windows saying that if you’re not using Windows XP with SP 2, chances are you’ll face the same dilemma. While there are no concrete evidence pointing to one or the other as being the true culprit, we know this much: installing the 1.2.2 firmware update via iTunes 7.5 on a Windows XP with SP 2 machine will not result in any problems.
All settled then, right? Well, not quite. I am qualified to update my iPod’s firmware based on the criteria I mentioned above, but to my surprise, iTunes is not detecting the availability of a firmware update saying that my 1.2.1 firmware is the latest. Holy crap! What happened to 1.2.2? Did Apple suddenly decide to pull it out due to reports of it erasing content on updated iPods? Well, one things for sure, 1.2.2 has only become more controversial.
iPod Touch and iPhone users are gaining in number, and it looks like there’s no stopping the jailbreak-wagon anytime soon. With Apple setting February next year as the target date for their iPhone/Touch SDK release, developers are still having a field day in creating various unofficial applications for Steve’s hi-tech toys. Someone even developed local icons for Filipino Touch/iPhone users.
This is why I strongly back the idea of open-source or at the very least, the availability of SDK tools for developers. This will pave the way for more applications to be developed that will cater to everyone’s needs across the different regions all over the world. More people with technical skills will be allowed to create software that can address the needs of individuals within their location and not wait for someone from the other side of the globe to come out with a version that doesn’t quite exactly fit the bill.
For those who have patiently been waiting for the iPod Touch, we are happy to announce that PowerMac Center has this latest baby in stock already. However, before you go spending your hard-earned money over this gorgeous multimedia player, why not head on over to iLounge and read their little piece about the Ten Things You Need to Know about the iPod Touch. They give you a run down on some little tidbits about this new iPod that can easily be overlooked and might otherwise make you think twice before getting yourself one.
On a personal note, one thing that’s really enticing about the Touch (and the iPhone) is the Internet experience it’s capable of providing. However, as I quickly found out during the product briefing, the Touch isn’t capable of downloading files to the device. Ouch! While it does provide an unmatched Internet experience, it still has its limitations which, quite frankly, turned me off despite its overwhelming beauty. So for now, I’ll probably sit this one out and wait for the next gen to come out.