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UPDATED: Apple’s new iPod: 12h battery, surprises

picFollowing a weekend trickling out of initial product details, Apple Computer has this morning officially premiered a “remixed” fourth-generation (4G) iPod on its web site. Confirming initial reports, the 4G iPod offers 12 hours of battery life and, while available in two familiar capacities, has dropped in price: 20 gigabytes ($299) and 40 gigabytes ($399). No 15 gigabyte version is available, nor is any size larger than 40 gigabytes. The 4G iPod also features a gray and white plastic Click Wheel controller (see iLounge Backstage for additional discussion), the familiar black and white backlit two-inch screen, Apple’s proprietary Dock Connector on the bottom, and the Signature iPod white and chrome case design familiar from prior high-capacity iPod hardware.

Contrary to initial reports, however, the 4G iPod’s body has not changed dramatically in size: the 20GB unit measures 4.1"x2.4"x0.57” and weighs 5.6 oz., while the 40GB unit measures 4.1"x2.4"x0.69” and weighs 6.2 oz. But iPod packages have changed, generally for the better: each iPod now includes a USB 2.0 cable, removing a separate but frequently necessary $19 purchase for 3G iPod consumers. However, only the 40GB iPod includes a new Dock ($39, new part number M9602G/A), wired Remote ($39), and carrying case ($39); the 20GB iPod loses these optional accessories.

The 4G iPods are the beneficiaries of additional firmware features, as well. Version 3.0 of the iPod’s firmware allows multiple on-the-go playlists to be created and audiobook playback speed (faster/slower) to be adjusted - but apparently not other audio. Menus have also changed slightly to create easier access to certain key features, including shuffled playback, and Apple’s site lists another new feature: “Clicker playback through headphones,” which lets users optionally hear their Click Wheel adjustments through headphones. Additional languages have also been added to the iPod, however, game and other menu offerings remain the same as before. Packed-in software also remains largely the same: the 4G iPod ships with the current (4.6) version of iTunes.

Apple claims immediate availability of the new iPod, and Hewlett-Packard has confirmed that its HP-branded version of the iPod will be based upon the fourth-generation design, and available in September. As of the time of this article’s publication, Apple’s online store currently shows 1-2 business day availability for the new iPod, and international orders are being taken. Free laser engraving is also available.

UPDATE (10:39AM PST): After posting specifications for the new 40GB iPod this morning, Apple has changed the list of pack-in items to reflect the removal of two accessories from the box - while the Dock ($39) is still included with the 40GB unit, Apple will apparently no longer include the iPod wired Remote ($39) or the fabric carrying case ($39) with either of the new iPods. Additionally, and contrary to Apple’s press release this morning, iLounge has confirmed that Apple retail stores do not yet have the new iPod in stock, with some stores claiming availability “in about a week.” More updates are available at backstage.ilounge.com.

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101

sign the petition for a firmware update for “outdated” ipods!

http://www.petitiononline.com/aipodfw/petition.html

Posted by jetbronze on July 22, 2004 at 12:50 AM (PDT)

102

Sign a petition? why?  has that approach ever worked?!?

Posted by CK on July 22, 2004 at 3:48 AM (PDT)

103

Not with the 2nd gen. And you can bet that the bigger amount of 3rd gen won’t help here. Besides, a big amount of the changes are firmware-based. Why buy a 4th gen when you cna buy a cheap 3rd gen from ebay and use the new firmware?

I wouldn’t be surpised, btw, if the “new” battery is in fact an old one. Apple used a cheaper battery variant in the 3rd Gen ones, therefore the problems there. Could very well be that they are using the battery type of the 2nd gens again.

And, lastly, while I think this will attract some flames, I must admit that this news brought a warm fuzzy feeling for me. Why? A common argument in the comments of the “Competitors Strike” topic, where Ipod alterntives were bashed, was that the 4rd Gen will beat all other HD-mp3 players. Well, here it is.
But it could have been worth (I think) - at least they now have features other players have since one year.

Posted by Shrike on July 22, 2004 at 10:10 AM (PDT)

104

*note to self* Better proofreading next time.
I meant “worse”, of cource.

Posted by Shrike on July 22, 2004 at 10:19 AM (PDT)

105

I love my 3g ipod and went to check out the new ipod at my local apple store this week and it seems to me the new ipod looks cheaper- no backlit buttons come on and the grey wheel on the backround of the white ipod….not so clean looking.
-Eric s. n.j.

Posted by Eric Summerville on July 22, 2004 at 7:03 PM (PDT)

106

I don’t like the click wheel…

It’s looks ok with the mini, but not for iPod.

And I also like it to be all white at the front.


I still love my 3g!!!

Posted by RuuD on July 23, 2004 at 6:11 AM (PDT)

107

All i have to say is that I have hated the extraneous buttons from the beginning.  I have been waiting for the reinstatement of the consolidated scroll wheel.  I’m a 1G owner and finally, I’m going to trade in my bulky, limited capacity old faithful for this one.

Posted by Scazz on July 23, 2004 at 6:30 AM (PDT)

108

All i have to say is that I have hated the extraneous buttons from the beginning.  I have been waiting for the reinstatement of the consolidated scroll wheel.  I’m a 1G owner and finally, I’m going to trade in my bulky, limited capacity old faithful for this one.

Posted by Scazz on July 23, 2004 at 6:41 AM (PDT)

109

Guys who want a lot more stroage on their Ipod, don’t buy the 4G yet. There has just been a new HD come out that has 60GB of space on it, made especially for the Ipod. Don’t belive me. [url=http://www.gizmodo.com]http://www.gizmodo.com[/url]

Posted by ipod/windowslover on August 6, 2004 at 5:22 AM (PDT)

110

I WOULD LIKE TO GET MY IPOD UPDATED SO HOW DO I DO THAT

Posted by James D Komeau on November 28, 2006 at 3:27 PM (PDT)

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