A healthier looking Steve Jobs took to the stage to let everyone know that his liver transplant was a success, and that he was fine. It sure was nice to have a familiar face delivering the keynote. Jobs kicked things off by talking about the new iPhone OS 3.1 for iPhone and iPod touch users. The highlight of OS 3.1 is now having the Genius function applied to the app store. Apps can be recommended for you based on your buying habits. Pretty cool. Of course, you can turn this feature off if you want to. No harm, no foul.
Next up was iTunes 9. Albums will now come with iTunes LP. As the name implies, it will include album artwork, liner notes, pictures, lyrics etc. Just like a real LP. Sharing iTunes libraries between computers on your home network is now a possibility with iTunes 9. On the video side of things, there is iTunes extras. You can watch behind the scenes footage, extra trailers and interviews. iTunes 9 also has Facebook and Twitter intergration for wishlists. It seems CE companies, and businesses in general are recognizing the value and importance of social networking sites.
Mobile gaming continues to grow, and Apple leads the charge in that arena. According to Phil Schiller, there are currently 21,178 titles in the app store today. A few developers showed off some of their upcoming wares, the highlights being an FPS called Nova by Gameloft and Madden NFL 2010 by EA. Yes, Madden on your iPhone or iPod touch. Righteous!
The different iterations of the iPod got some changes. The size capacity of the iPod classic increased from 120GB to 160GB, but the retail price will remain the same. The iPod shuffle will now come in a myriad of colors. They will be pink, green, blue, silver and black. Size capacity will be 2GB and 4GB. There will also be a special edition stainless steel version of the iPod shuffle.
The biggest announcement by far was the new iPod nano. The new nano is also a video camera. That’s right, your tiny iPod nano now doubles as a tiny camcorder. It has a larger 2.2-inch display, a microphone and speaker, voiceover, FM radio and even a built-in pedometer. The nano will come in a 8GB and 16GB model.
Keep checking back with us for the availability of the new iPod models.