Our kids grow up, they move on, and so must we. Thatís true even if your child is an extremely popular gadget. Tony Fadell, inventor of the iPod (along with other people, but you knowÖhe was the guy) is leaving his position at Apple to take on a reduced role as an advisor to Steve Jobs. Itís certainly simplistic to claim that Fadell ďinventedĒ the iPod when it was a team effort. Despite work by a team, and Apple hardware chief of engineering Jon Rubenstein, Fadell is still considered the popular MP3ís father.
Itís September, which means we should be expecting upgrades to the iPod line at any moment. That moment is currently expected to be September 9. Schematics have hit the web detailing the size changes to the Nano and Touch. With the success of the iPhone 3G Apple is introducing curved lines to the iPod family.
The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has approved the FireWire 1600 and 3200 specs. The new standards are based on the already established FireWire system, and they will be fully backwards compatible. They will offer speeds of 1.6Gbps and 3.2Gbps, you know...lots more than the previous 400 and 800 standards.
Apple makes slick products. And Sony now has Skype on the PSP, turning it into a sort of PSPhone. So itís no wonder that someone would put their Photoshop skills to work making a hybrid. You can see the image to the right, and it essentially looks like an iPhone with some Playstation buttons added. Iím assuming itís an iPhone because there are zero analog sticks, so weíd need the touch screen.
If you were sitting on the sidelines waiting for the iPod Touch to become worthwhile, then this is your week. Apple has updated the new player by doubling the memory and setting some new prices. All bow at the alter of MP3. Oh and the iPhone has been upped as well.
It sounds as if Appleís entry into the home rental market isnít without some trials. Then again, this is a new piece of technology so itís expected to have some quirks. Hereís hoping Apple can iron out the bugs relatively quickly. Until then, I wonít be making any plans to get rid of my Netflixs account.
Portable sound devices being bad for your hearing is nothing new. Darn kids trying to listen to music too loudly goes back to portable 8-Track players and cassettes. Digital devices like iPods just make it more convenient to carry the device around, but the concern for hearing is still there. It appears Apple may be more concerned about your hearing than your kids most likely are, however
Iím guessing he probably wasnít listening to The Doors when it happened, but an Atlanta man is claiming his iPod Nano caught fire in his pocket while he was at the airport. The fire lasted a brief 15 seconds, but the flames reached up to Danny Williamsís chest before being extinguished. Even more disconcerting is what could have happened had officials seen the smoking man in the middle of the airport.
Appleís latest crack for the media addict, the iPod touch, officially hits stores this week, although apparently itís been available through some venues for the past week or two. The thought of getting a new iPod, one that plays video, music, has WiFi capabilities, and can directly download music without the need for a computer with iTunes has me excited (my current iPod is a mini), but Iím starting to feel like Iím all alone here.