Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Macworld 2008: The iPod Touch Perspective

As many of you may know, today was Macworld 2008, known as the biggest conference of the year for all things Apple. While there were many exciting announcements, here are the ones that count for us iPod Touch owners.

In a nutshell:

1.) 5 New Apps released by Apple: Mail, Stocks, Notes, Weather, and Maps. The names of the apps are pretty much self explanatory and bring the iPod Touch more inline with the iPhone, however these will set you back $20 (Shocking if you ask me!). I think the most useful is the Maps application which actually locates where you are and thereafter allows you to get directions, quazi-GPS. Find out more.

2.) iTunes Movie Rentals: Now users can download movies and watch them for a short time rather than having to buy them. They are priced at $3.99 for new releases, $2.99 for "library titles," High Definition (HD) movies are a dollar more. Find out more at www.apple.com/itunes.

3.) Free Wi-Fi access at over 100,000 locations: JiWire (www.jiwire.com) made a Macworld expo announcement that they will offer free Wi-Fi access at over 100,000 nationwide locations. The catch... you need to view a 30 second ad before you get access, but hey it is still better than paying for it! Check out their site for details.

Overall the Macworld announcements don't mean a great deal for the iPod Touch in my opinion. However, what we can look forward to is the Software Development Kit (SDK) that Apple plans to roll out in February of this year. The SDK will undoubtedly result in many great and FREE 3rd party apps for the iPod Touch.

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