On Monday, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster reported on Mac and iPod sales and noted that Apple’s iPod sales have slipped 23% in the last quarter and represent only 2% of Apple’s revenue. This means the iPod is no longer what consumers want, and that it may not necessarily be around for many more years. It is no wonder that Apple never bothered to update the iPod Classic line after they added the larger 160 GB model storage option.
The latest rumor regarding Apple is that the company is hard at work on a watch, which was the name for a chronometer worn on the wrist to tell time. The devices largely vanished with the advent of the cell phone and the DVR. Since virtually no one wears a wristwatch any more, why should we care about an Apple iWatch?
The Bric BT, aka the iF330BT, is the Bluetooth-capable portable enhancement of the original Bric iPod dock, featuring the addition of Bluetooth streaming and dual bass reflex ports for added punch on the low end. It’s a competent portable Bluetooth speaker, especially considering it is priced under the majority of its competition
If you’re looking to upgrade your iPod or want to put a little something extra towards a gift purchase, NextWorth has a deal for you. From now through December 31st of this year, they’re offering a 10% bonus payout for all iPod trade-ins. The trade-in value of your iPod will be determined by its condition.
When the sixth generation iPod Nano arrived with its tiny square display, it seemed natural that people would want to wear it as a watch face. To that end, Loop Attachment Co. makes a one-piece silicone wrist band that fits the iPod nano perfectly.
Sure the new iPod nano will have that larger screen and more storage space, but does it have the iPod shuffle’s clip? No. No, it will not…unless you pick up a Nano Clip case from Hard Candy. The lightweight yet sturdy body will keep your new iPod nano safe, and the secure clip will keep it attached to your person.
During the teardown process, iFixit found that the major components (battery unit, Lightning connector port, and volume controls, for example) of the new iPod nano are fused together within the logic board, thus taking a few points off for repairability. iFixit says if anyone accidentally bends the Lighting connector or breaks the volume control, you’re stuck with replacing the whole suite of components.
Apple’s data logs doesn’t reveal much about the new changes, only that it adds “support for iPod nano (7th generation).” Some say the update will fix any issues users may have experienced when syncing content with iTunes v10.7.
As they get ready to launch their new iPod product line in retail stores nationwide, Apple has released a new TV commercial for the new iPod touch, nano and shuffle models. This new TV commercial highlights Apple’s new products and their fun, colorful side.
Edifier takes their task of building quite seriously, with designs that fuse audio performance to what can only be described as speaker sex appeal. The company has announced two new designs in their lineup, and both feature streaming options (a feature Apple likely envisions as obviating the need to keep the 30 pin Dock Connector alive). The new additions are the Esiena and Bric Bluetooth, and both bring a healthy dose of design to the standard category of speaker docks.