September 1, 2010

Apple Reveals New Products, Social Networking Service

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs unveiled new products at an event in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco today.

The company refreshed its line of iPod media players, as well as announced a new version of its Apple TV.

The new iPod Touch features front- and rear- facing cameras, which allows a user to hold video chats with iPhone or other iPod Touch owners through Wi-Fi.

The new iPod Touch also features the same HD video camcorder and LED screen as the iPhone 4.  Jobs said that the new device is part of the "strongest new lineup of iPods we've ever had."

"It's the biggest change in the iPod lineup ever," he said.

The new iPod nano features a multi-touch screen that is the smallest version of Apple's nano line ever produced.

Jobs told reporters and investors at the event that Apple has sold 275 million iPods to date. 

He also announced a long overdue update for its Apple TV system, which will stream high-definition movies and TV shows from the Internet into a television. 

The new $99 device syncs up with Netflix as well, so a consumer can stream Netflix movies from the Internet to their TV using Apple TV.

Along with new product announcements, Apple is jumping into the social networking market by announcing its new "Ping" service attached to its iTunes 10 software.

Ping is a social network for music lovers that allow people to "follow" friends and artists to discover and share new music.  The service works much like Twitter and Facebook in that it streams new updates from other users to your profile.  Artists can upload pictures of their current tour, while friends can share songs they are currently listening too.


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