As of this morning, Apple is allowing Canadian users with accounts at certain banks to add MasterCard and Visa cards to their Apple Pay account. MasterCard released a statement confirming that users with credit cards through Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Canadian Tire Bank and ATB Financial can use Apple Pay starting today, with BMO Financial Group to follow suit “in the coming weeks.” Visa hasn’t released a similar statement as of this writing, but the Apple Pay site lists CIBC and RBC Visa cards as compatible with Apple Pay.
Following up on this morning’s unboxing and comparison gallery of the sixth-generation iPod touch, we now have a comparison of the additional colors of the new iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle below. Unlike the sixth-generation iPod touch, the traditional iPod models remain identical to the previous versions other than the color changes, with the seventh-generation nano receiving its last update in 2012, and the fourth-generation shuffle having not received a functional update since 2010. The new pink color is a bit more vibrant when compared to the iPod shuffle’s last pink color, which seems a bit more salmon-colored in comparison. The blue on the new iPod touch is a darker, more traditional blue than that found on the iPod touch 5G. We’ve also got shots of the iPod nano in gold, as well as comparisons between past and current iPod blues and pinks.
Apple has rolled out its first major updates to the iPod since 2012, updating the iPod touch and adding new colors for the iPod nano and iPod shuffle. The new iPod touch has the same 4-inch screen size as its predecessor, but has also received a major iSight camera upgrade to 8MP to keep up with cameras in the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2. The A8 64-bit chip will make for better speed in apps and improved graphics for gaming, while the addition of the M8 motion coprocessor from the iPhone will let the device track steps and other fitness-related information. Wireless capabilities also now include 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.The new iPod touch will likely come pre-loaded with iOS 8.4 and Apple Music, strengthening Apple’s push to get its new streaming service into as many hands as possible, and also features a 128GB model priced at $399, in addition to the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, priced at $199, $249, and $299 respectively.
The updated iPod nano and iPod shuffle don’t get any internal improvements, but add new dark blue, pink and gold color options that are also available on the new iPod touch.
Apple has quietly added space gray as a color option for the iPod touch 32GB and 64GB models, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle, replacing the previously slate black versions of each device. The new color option is sold as a color option for the devices at the same prices as before.
Considering the unannounced color addition, it’s unlikely that Apple will further update their iPod line this year. In 2011, the fourth-generation iPod touch skipped a year in updates, only adding white as a new color.
Apple is now selling refurbished seventh-generation iPod nanos in its online store for $129. All colors are now available, except for red. Refurbished fifth-generation iPod touch models also recently went on sale in the online store. [via 9to5Mac]
Apple has released a new software update for the seventh-generation iPod nano. Version 1.0.2 of the iPod nano (7th generation) software reportedly addresses issues with EQ and microphone support with the Apple In-Ear Headphones and makes Bluetooth improvements, tweaks that are obscure enough to be non-obvious in initial testing. The update is available by connecting the iPod nano to iTunes via a USB connection and selecting the Check for Updates option in the iPod summary screen.
iFixit has completed its teardown of the seventh-generation iPod nano, discovering that the device contains a 220 mAh battery, a Texas Instruments touchscreen controller, and 16 GB of Toshiba NAND flash. The previous generation nano had a 105 mAh battery, which is to say that the new battery has over twice the capacity—though also a much larger screen to power. Many components within the new nano are soldered to the logic board, including the battery, Lightning connector, and volume controls.
A plastic opening tool and Phillips screwdriver are all that are needed to open the new 1.1-ounce nano. The device earned a 5 out of 10 repairability score from iFixit, which means it’s easier to repair than the fifth-generation iPod touch, which earned a score of 3.
HardCandy Cases has announced its Nano Clip ($20) for the new seventh-generation iPod nano. The Nano Clip is a snap-on case with a clip on the back, filling the void for those who were used to the clip on the previous iPod nano—or the original iPod mini.
It comes in red, graphite, or white, and can be pre-ordered now for shipment in mid-November.
Though the seventh-generation iPod nano is only just beginning to appear in stores, there’s already a software update available for the new media player: Apple has just released software version 1.0.1. The software update simply lists, “Support for iPod nano (7th generation)” as the only feature; iPod nanos shipped with 1.0 installed, so it’s unclear as to what bugs were addressed.
To update the new iPod nano, plug the device into iTunes, and the new software should be discovered automatically. You can also go to the iPod nano manually under Devices, choose the Summary tab, and hit the Update button under the Version section.
iLounge has posted a complete unboxing and comparison gallery of Apple’s seventh-generation iPod nano to Flickr. Photos of the redesigned seventh-generation iPod nano showcase the device’s new body and 2.5” display, as well as the variety of different colors now offered, and comparisons to past iPod nanos.
Our First Look at the seventh-generation iPod nano is now available, and our comprehensive review will be posted in the near future.
Unboxings of the new iPod touch and nano by Japanese blog Macotakara have confirmed a point that Apple obscured during last month’s iPhone 5-focused launch event: although EarPods are included with both of the new iPods, neither iPod’s earphones include the Remote and Mic functionality found in the $29 standalone accessory and the version packaged with the iPhone 5—the model Apple is now calling EarPods with Remote and Mic. The new iPods’ versions feature the newly redesigned earbuds with standard cabling and a 3.5mm audio connector; they do not include the carrying case included with the iPhone 5’s EarPods.
Macotakara confirms that the remote and microphone features from the standalone EarPods with Remote and Mic model do work with both of the new iPods. A full review of the EarPods with Remote and Mic is available here.
Customers have received notifications from Apple that the new iPod touch, iPod nano, and both Lightning to 30-pin Adapters — the direct plug adapter and the version with a 0.2m cable—are shipping, with some deliveries beginning today. Readers outside the United States are already beginning to find the new iPod touch and nano up in Apple’s retail stores today, confirming previous reports. Users interested in getting a leg up on the new iPod touch may want to peruse the official user’s guide, which has been posted on Apple’s website.
Apple has contacted retail stores to prepare for an Oct. 9 launch of the new iPod touch and iPod nano, according to Japanese blog Macotakara. Japanese stores have been contacted about the launch first, Macotakara told iLounge, noting that there will apparently be few units in the initial shipment. There has been no official announcement from Apple as of yet, and the Apple Store still only lists the new iPod touch and nano as available to ship in October. Some readers have seen pre-order shipping status change to “preparing for shipment,” suggesting that these orders will be fulfilled shortly.
Packed with caliper-level measurements of each device’s key external features, the documents open the gates for accessory designers, enabling the creation of cases and related accessories with tight tolerances. [via 9to5Mac]
Despite web site hiccups early on Friday morning, Apple and its carrier partners are now officially accepting and processing pre-orders for the iPhone 5. Falling a little behind schedule after promising a 12:01am PT/3:01am ET online pre-order process, Apple’s web site began to accept orders several minutes later, and provided a reasonably graceful fallback reservation process when AT&T’s computers buckled—an outage that lasted for approximately 30 minutes as AT&T’s own site quickly failed at processing upgrade eligibility status for existing users.
Users attempting to order Verizon phones were promptly processed, while AT&T iPhone 5 orders through Apple were given reservation numbers and the opportunity to log in to complete their orders when AT&T’s computers became operable. E-mails offering that opportunity began to go out by 12:35am PT, and were processed properly at that point. Notably, iPhone 4S customers have discovered that they are not eligible for discounted or fully subsidized iPhone 5 pricing, with October 8 of this year as the earliest date for discounts, and May 8, 2013 for full subsidized pricing. iPhone 5 unlocked and off-contract pricing remains the same as for the iPhone 4S: $649 (16GB), $749 (32GB), or $849 (64GB).
Apple also began to accept pre-orders for the fifth-generation iPod touch and seventh-generation iPod nano during the same time period. Unexpectedly, Apple limited iPod touch orders to two per person, with no limitation on iPod nano orders. iPod touch loop wrist strap accessories became available separately for $9 each. The company provided no further details on ship dates for the new iPods or accessories beyond the word “October.”
Updated: One hour after pre-orders began, Apple sold through its initial U.S. pre-order allocation of iPhone 5s; the Apple Store web site thereafter told customers that new orders would ship in “two weeks.” iPod availability apparently remained unchanged.
Apple has introduced the completely redesigned seventh-generation iPod nano, capturing many of the best features of the prior-generation fifth- and sixth-generation models. Now complete with a 240- by 432-pixel resolution (202ppi) 2.5” touchscreen and Home Button, the new nano has integrated volume and track control buttons, widescreen video capabilities, and a Lightning port at the bottom. Support for photos has been added back, while fitness, pedometer, and FM radio features remain from prior generations. Bluetooth 4.0 has been added as well.
Audio playback of 30 hours is promised, with video playback of up to 3.5 hours. The new device measures 3.01 × 1.56 × 0.21”, with a total weight of 1.1 ounces.
Eight colors of the new nano are available, including silver, blue, green, yellow, black, purple, pink, and red. The new model will be available in October for $149, with a 16GB capacity as the only initial option.
Apple’s previously-released fourth-generation iPod shuffle has also received a number of new colors—black, silver, pink, red, yellow, green, blue, and purple versions will be available for $49, each at 2GB capacity. Notably, the orange iPod shuffle has disappeared from the lineup, and some of the prior pink, blue, and green versions appear to have been replaced with new tones. The silver version appears to be unchanged from the original model.
Searches for “iPhone-5” on Apple’s site ahead of today’s media event have revealed a number of search results, apparently confirming that the sixth-generation iPhone will indeed be called the “iPhone 5.” The results include a now-inactive PR announcement and tips section, as well as an inactive press release announcing a new iPod touch and new iPod nano. [via MacRumors]
Updated: iLounge has confirmed that a new version of iTunes is also amongst today’s scheduled announcements.
Some case manufacturers believe that a previously-rumored refresh of the iPod nano is imminent, and have prepared new cases, notes MacRumors. The cases, from Italian accessory maker Puro, look to fit an iPod roughly the size of a fourth or fifth-generation nano, though seemingly wider — a tremendous turnaround from the current nano, with extruded pill curves resembling the second-generation nano and long-gone iPod mini. Rumors have suggested that this model will have an iPod touch-like but smaller touchscreen and Home Button, as well as wireless capabilities; however, no actual parts appear to have surfaced publicly to confirm the device’s existence.
Puro’s designs for the new iPod touch repeat elements found in previously-leaked cases, including a mysterious lower left hole at the bottom of the case seen in earlier case photos. The new iPod touch’s front panel is believed to have been revealed months ago, with a 4” display as its signature feature, and the as-yet-unseen rear shell is thought to be closer to the original iPod touch’s shape. A separate 9 to 5 Mac report claims that Apple will preserve the old iPod touch—perhaps with modest tweaks, such as a new Dock Connector—alongside the new model, while radically updating the nano, and offering new iPod shuffle colors.
A number of major U.S. retailers appear to be out of stock on certain models of the sixth-generation iPod nano, suggesting that Apple may be planning to refresh the device in the near future. 9to5Mac reports that Amazon is out of stock of roughly half its available nano configurations, Best Buy is similarly spotty in its availability, Walmart has only a few models in stock, and Target is likewise out of stock of several models. The report also indicates that Amazon.co.uk is also out of stock of several models; however, both the Apple Store and B&H Photo appear to be fully stocked. While the shortages could be due to some other cause, similar stock shortages have in the past correctly pointed to imminent refreshes or replacements for other Apple products.
New photos of a clip-on iPod nano with a camera have appeared online. Taiwanese site Apple.pro has posted (Translated Link) four new photos showing what appears to be a sixth-generation iPod nano shell with a camera built into the upper left of the rear of the device, as well as a small hole on the top that would presumably be for a microphone.
Notably, the same website was the source of a similar photo last April, leading to speculation that a seventh-generation nano with camera functionality would appear in 2011. While such a device was never released, an Apple patent illustration—for a speaker that would be built in to the device’s rear clip—subsequently provided proof that the company had been working on such a design. While there is little doubt that the item pictured is a real Apple prototype design, it remains unclear at this point whether Apple actually plans on releasing such a device, as the challenges relating to photography on such a small device remain significant, and the value of this feature versus others that Apple could include in a new iPod nano is questionable. [via Mac Rumors]