We suspected that because of it's larger size, the iPad would be able to fit more powerful components into it's frame, with the obvious result being more speed, better graphics and longer battery life. Now Apple saying that is only partly the case. While it's got a more powerful processor and bigger battery, the iPad uses the PowerVR SGX graphics processor made by Imagination Technologies; the same one used in the latest iPod Touch. The info was found in the most recent iPad SDK Beta 3 documentation.
If you're an iPod touch owner, I hope you didn't buy the 3.0 software update, because you can now download it for free. Apple may have realized why charging for the software update is inconsiderate to their customers, because they are now offering it as a free download for all iPod touch users, as it should be. The change was discovered by PocketGamer's Tracy Erickson when he plugged in his iPod touch running the old software. You have to feel bad for those who bought it, though. It really should have been free to begin with, since some games require it to run. Syncing the device running older software should prompt you to update to 3.0 for free. Let's hope this and future updates stay this way.
Analytics from sales analytics firm Flurry has recorded some pretty surprising statistics. For Christmas Day (December 25, 2009), downloads for apps to iPod touches surpassed downloads to iPhones for the first time, and by a positively massive margin. According to the statistics, downloads to iPod touches spiked higher than iPhones by 172%. They fell again the next day, but were still 104% higher than the iPhone.
According to a new study, only roughly half of iPod touch owners upgraded their operating system from to 3.0, compared to more than nine out of ten iPhone owners. Unlike iPhone owners who have the luxury of getting OS updates for free, iPod touch owners have to buy operating system upgrades from Apple. However, it's also worth noting that many of the features in OS 3.x were geared specifically toward iPhone users, such as Push Notifications, MMS, and tethering.
Before the iPod touch, an iPhone-without-the-phone seemed like the obvious thing to do simply because not everybody would want (or be able to afford) buying a new smartphone. Mobile analytics firm Flurry, however, offers a different perspective on why the iPod touch makes sense in a market where Apple's goal is to sell as many iPhones as possible.
We've heard plenty about a future iPod touch getting the addition of a camera similar to the ones used on the iPhone, so we were surprised when the new iPod nano got it instead. Now rumors of a camera-clad touch have revved up again. Word has it from possible inside sources that Apple will be releasing new iPod touches with the same cameras as in the nano this upcoming Spring.
TomTom today released an update for all versions of its turn-by-turn navigation application for the iPhone. This new version, which we reported on last week, includes quite a few improvements, including support for the original iPhone and all versions of the iPod touch.
Want to see something cool? Japanese design firm PROTOTYPE has networked 20 iPod touches to create one interactive display that creats chain reactions between devices, making for some very cool visual effects. Possibly coolest of all about the project is that it's highly scaleable, making it possible to create a 16x9 wall of iPod touches, all reacting and being awesome. Video after the break.
We've heard from a reliable source that Apple plans to introduce "a new iPod touch" this December. Our source couldn't go into details, but this may end up being the iPod touch with a camera that we'd expected back in September.
Some may remember that Phil Schiller, Apple's Sr VP of Product Marketing, told Gizmodo a couple weeks back that "the holiday lineup is set," although Apple's been known to say things to kill off speculation in the past. Could this be something that Apple doesn't consider part of the "holiday lineup?" Maybe, maybe not.
Our source also believes that it's also likely that Apple may roll out this update after the Christmas shopping season.* We'll just have to wait and see.
The last three months of the year tends to be a big hit for the Apple Store locations and the company is set to unveil some new changes along with the ever-changing employee t-shirts. This year, Apple employees will ditch the current EasyPay portable computers made by Symbol Technologies, and will begin using an iPod touch with an advanced scanner accessory and point-of-sale (POS) software.