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Home Screen Wallpapers Not Actually Available on 2nd-gen iPod touch or iPhone 3G

It appears that the iPod touch 2nd generation and iPhone 3G does not support wallpapers on the Home screen after all. It does still have the nifty selection of wallpapers, however, though they’re only available on the lock screen.

This is sort of a surprise considering that that both the US and Canadian Apple sites say that both devices are compatible with the 4.2 software update.

From the US site:

From the Canadian site:

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Over 45 Million iPod touch Units Sold to Date, New Model Now Shipping

iPod touch 4G
(Images courtesy of MacRumors)

Customers who preordered their 2010 model iPod touch after they were announced last Wednesday are starting to get shipment notifications today. Meanwhile, a market research firm estimates that more than 45 million iPod touches have been sold to date out of the total 120 million iOS devices in the market.

MacRumors has a pair of iPod touch updates today. The first one is reporting on new data from market research firm Asymco, who estimates that the iPod touch makes up 38 percent of the iOS device market share, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs claimed was currently at 120 million during his introduction to the media event held last Wednesday in San Francisco.

Asymco arrived at a figure of more than 45 million units for the iPod touch over its lifetime, which they arrived at by factoring in 59.6 million iPhones sold through June of this year (according to Apple’s own SEC filings) as well as 3.2 million iPads sold to date. Making an assumption that eight million more iPhones and four million more iPads were sold in July and August, the math deduces that the iPod touch has racked up 45.2 million units sold to date.
iPod touch 4G shipment information
On the heels of this new data, the tech blogs have been lit up today with word that initial preorder units of the new, fourth-generation iPod touch model are now shipping, with delivery estimates between September 10 and 14. Since it’s Labor Day here in the U.S., we can assume that these units are probably coming from Shenzen, China since neither UPS nor FedEx are working today.

If you haven’t ordered your new iPod touch yet, the Apple Store still shows delivery with one week, and MacRumors notes that customers in other countries are also seeing estimates of five to seven business days. So what are you waiting for?

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Fourth-Gen iPod touch Vibrates, Apple Product Shots Have Errors

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(Images courtesy of AppleInsider)

Lost amidst the flurry of new product announcements last Wednesday is another new feature for the fourth-generation iPod touch: Vibration, similar to what is offered in the iPhone. Meanwhile, Apple’s own product pages contain icons that shouldn’t be on the new media player.

AppleInsider has rounded up a couple of details on the new fourth-generation iPod touch. The first is a subtle new product feature that wasn’t mentioned during last Wednesday’s rapid-fire media event — the new iPod touch includes a motor enabling vibration on the device, similar to what’s found in the iPhone.

The vibrate motor was discovered by Multi-Touch Fans while combing through an FCC teardown of the fourth-generation iPod touch last week following the announcement. The website claims that the vibrate motor, which is similar to ones found in phones manufactured by Samsung, “isn’t the most aggressive, although definitely isn’t terrible.”

Indeed, the new iPod touch page on Apple’s website does mention its new vibration feature — but claims that it’s only used as an alert for FaceTime calls. “If somebody wants to start a video call with you, you’ll receive an invitation — along with a vibrating alert — on your iPod touch asking you to join,” the page notes.

iPod touch 4G Phone iconMeanwhile, it appears that Apple’s graphic designers have goofed up some of the new iPod touch screenshots that appear on the company’s website. Engadget notes that two photos on Apple.com product pages clearly show the Phone application present in a product shot of the iPod touch (featured here), and another which shows the Messages app in Spotlight search.

Given that the new iPod touch now has FaceTime calling features, perhaps the Phone icon isn’t a mistake after all — we’ll all know soon enough, as the new device is supposed to start making the rounds this week.

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iPod touch Found Lacking In the Face of iPhone 4

Not only is the iPod touch the confirmed king of portable media devices, topping out the sales charts (most of the time) at tech shops around the world, it’s also a great alternative to an iPhone 4, if for whatever reason you decide that buying an Apple smartphone just isn’t for you. With no monthly cellular fees attached to it, and nary a need for a contract, the iPod touch has become, for many people, the perfect mobile companion. With the release of the latest version of the iPod touch, this has never been more true: everything that makes it a great choice for handling all of your media needs has been vamped up to be just that much greater. For those of you that missed this week’s media event, the list of the new and improved media player’s abilities was pretty impressive: A retina display, front and rear facing cameras and the ability to engage in FaceTime calls over WiFi will no doubt put the device on more than a few people’s must-buy list for the upcoming holiday season. Consumers, however, should beware that while the iPod touch is indeed all that and a bag of potato chips, when compared to the iPhone 4 the diminutive obelisk will come up looking a little short.

Let’s start with the camera: Yep, it’s got two of them, but still, pictures on the iPod touch only boast an image resolution of 960×720. While those sorts of images will be just fine for posting to social media sites or sending to folks over the internet, you certainly won’t find the results worthy of printing out for framing. We have to say, it’s a strange matter of course for a device that can shoot some pretty respectable-looking high-definition video. Those planning to use the iPod touch as an in-car navigation device will also be left out in the cold. As with previous generations of the device, the iPod touch doesn’t have built-in GPS hardware. So, while you could use it near a hotspot to download route directions or plan a trip, updating those directions on-the-fly just isn’t in the cards. Oh, and don’t even think about trying to snag accurate location information: Unlike the iPhone, the touch is forced to guesstimate its general whereabouts based upon the orientation of nearby WiFi hotspots. That’s not an ideal navigation solution to say the least.

However, despite its shortcomings in the face of the device’s pricier cousin the iPhone 4, everything that makes the iPod touch awesome–some of the best mobile gaming on the planet, being a solid MP3 player, brilliant user interface and boasting a beautiful screen for watching and editing video–make the multimedia device a contender that warrants the attention of consumers once again. Just be sure, before you buy, that you understand it ain’t no iPhone. For more comprehensive coverage of the latest version of the iPod touch, be on the lookout for our full review of the device here, in print and of course in the MacLife App for iPhone and iPad!

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New Details on Rumored 2010 iPod touch and nano

iPod nano 2010 leak
(Image courtesy of MacRumors and Apple.pro)

If sources close to Apple are to believed, the iPod touch may be getting a substantial overhaul with the 2010 model expected next week — and that an earlier leak of a small touchscreen device seen above may actually be the next iPod nano.

iLounge is reporting that the fourth generation iPod touch may very well change the appearance of its back when it’s introduced next week. Those who love the dome-like curved back of the second and third generation iPod touches seems to be out, according to a source “who would have reason to know.”

“Think of the top of a MacBook Pro, only smaller, which is to say flat rather than curved at the center — closer to the look of the first-generation iPod touch’s back, only with modifications,” iLounge explains. “The rear camera is there, but there is still some question as to whether what’s next to it will be a LED flash like the one in the iPhone 4, or a microphone like the one next to the video camera of the iPod nano.”

What will likely remain the same on the iPod touch is the bottom-mounted headphone port and the dock connector port. The new details seem to also be tossing cold water on the theories of a front-facing, FaceTime-enabled camera on the updated media player.

So what about the little touchscreen device seen above? “We’re continuing to hear from sources that the little touchscreen device — the one with the sub-2-inch screen — is being thought of as a nano rather than a shuffle, even though it doesn’t make much sense to us,” iLounge concludes.

We’ll all know soon enough, when Apple kicks off their media event at 10:00AM PDT on Wednesday, September 1.

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New Details on 2010 iPod touch and nano

iPod nano 2010 leak
(Image courtesy of MacRumors and Apple.pro)

If sources close to Apple are to believed, the iPod touch may be getting a substantial overhaul with the 2010 model expected next week — and that an earlier leak of a small touchscreen device seen above may actually be the next iPod nano.

iLounge is reporting that the fourth generation iPod touch may very well change the appearance of its back when it’s introduced next week. Those who love the dome-like curved back of the second and third generation iPod touches seems to be out, according to a source “who would have reason to know.”

“Think of the top of a MacBook Pro, only smaller, which is to say flat rather than curved at the center — closer to the look of the first-generation iPod touch’s back, only with modifications,” iLounge explains. “The rear camera is there, but there is still some question as to whether what’s next to it will be a LED flash like the one in the iPhone 4, or a microphone like the one next to the video camera of the iPod nano.”

What will likely remain the same on the iPod touch is the bottom-mounted headphone port and the dock connector port. The new details seem to also be tossing cold water on the theories of a front-facing, FaceTime-enabled camera on the updated media player.

So what about the little touchscreen device seen above? “We’re continuing to hear from sources that the little touchscreen device — the one with the sub-2-inch screen — is being thought of as a nano rather than a shuffle, even though it doesn’t make much sense to us,” iLounge concludes.

We’ll all know soon enough, when Apple kicks off their media event at 10am PST on Wednesday, September 1.

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Leaked iPod touch Parts Compared to Its Older Cousins

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Earlier this week we told you about the leaked pictures of the new iPod touch parts, including the LCD and digitizer board. But, if you needed more convincing, SmartPhone Medic has done a side-by-side video comparison between the new iPod touch LCD and digitizer, and the older generation iPod touch components.

According to the video, the newer screen looks identical to that of the iPhone 4, which follows along with the rumors we’ve been hearing.

Because the LCD and digitizer are fused together, SmartPhone medic wasn’t able to show the inside components for a comparison, but there are speculations that the new iPod touch could contain a Retina Display.

Check out the video below (embedded below) to see what we’re talking about.

Today, Apple began sending out press invitations for a music event to be held on September 1 at 10:00 am. There’s no doubt that if Apple unveils new iPod touches with FaceTime, these little devices would top the lists of every holiday wish list.

 

via Engadget

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Rumor: Patents Hint at iMac Touch

Anyone who’s ever followed the emotional roller coaster of Apple’s patents knows that sometimes the Apple Patent falls far from the tree. And sometimes, it hints at completely awesome technology we could never have dreamed possible.

Take, for instance, the lofty claims that Apple has been prepping a touch Mac of sorts. And yet, only two days after Patently Apple dug up a patent for a touchscreen MacBook, they’ve found a patent for a touchscreen iMac.

Whether these Macs will come to fruition or not may be a discussion worth having, but what’s indisputable is that the minds at Cupertino are clearly thinking about touchscreen technology.

While MacBooks could feasibly make sense as touch-enabled computers, iMacs have always been more difficult to imagine. Alas, with the new patent findings it seems our concerns have been addressed, and rather brilliantly.

The idea behind the iMac patents (lovingly dubbed the “iMac Touch”) revolves around a dual-OS device that transitions from mouse and keyboard input to touch-based depending on which position the screen is in. That screen would be able to be pulled down to an angle that would lend itself to less exhausting arm movements. Pulling said screen past a certain angle would activate a rotation sensor mounted on the adjustable stand of the display. And voila, you’ve got a touchscreen iMac.

Though we’ve been skeptical whether such a technology would be practical or ultimately beneficial, the more we see the less we doubt. We’re going crazy dreaming about crazy gorgeous games and drawing straight into Photoshop from an iMac.

Or a MacBook.

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