Apple Event Includes Appearance From “The Steve”… Fanbois Rejoyce [UPDATED x5]

Apple today announced a slew of new products, but that news was almost secondary compared to God Steve Jobs being seen in public for the first time since his liver transplant. Apparently he got a sustained standing ovation. It’s good to see him back in action as he’s had a difficult time of it as of late.

Back to what was announced today. Here’s a brief list:

  • iPhone Software 3.1 was announced today and is available TODAY. Plug your iPhone or iPod touch into iTunes to get your copy. It’s apparently free iPhone users and iPod touch users with version 3.0 installed.
  • Ringtones are coming. There will be 30,000 available for $1.29 USD each.
  • iTunes 9 has been released. There’s quicker and easier navigation options, preview buttons, and new ways to experience media purchased in the store. iTunes LPs lets you have the full album experience with lyrics, liner notes, and band photos and videos, and iTunes Extras will allow you to experience DVD-style extras with movies you buy from the iTunes store. There’s also Genius mixes which will make you think that your tunes were mixed by a virtual DJ. Apparently there’s improved playlist syncing options too. Here’s a feature that you’ll love. Home sharing: Copy songs, TV shows, etc. with up to 5 computers in your house. There’s also the ability to share stuff on Facebook and Twitter, though I’ll have to download and try it to see how that works. Finally, you can drag and drop to move certain apps or whole pages of apps on your iPod Touch or iPhone. It will likely be available for download later today (it’s not available for download as I type this).
  • The iPod Touch now comes in 8GB, 32GB, and 64GB sizes and starts at $199 USD.
  • The iPod Classic is now going to be 160GB, but remain at the same price of $249 USD.
  • The iPod Shuffle is now $59 USD for 2GB and $79 USD for 4GB. New colors are available including a polished steel edition at $99 USD for 4GB. There will also be a wider variety of headsets with integrated controls available as well.
  • The iPod Nano now has a video camera built in along with FM Radio… Radio? On a digital music player? Didn’t Microsoft do that with the Zune? Anyway, a pedometer and a voice recorder is included too. You can sync the pedometer directly to Nike+ as well. Like the Suffle, new colors are available. 8GB is $149 USD and 16GB is $179 USD and it’s apparently available today. Hey Steve, why no camera on the iPod Touch? Don’t want to steal sales from the iPhone perhaps?

Not exactly overwheming IMHO, but I’m sure the fanbois will have something to say about that.

UPDATE: Here’s a story from the Globe And Mail that talks about Steve’s appearance on stage.

UPDATE #2: Something I missed earlier. The 32 GB and 64 GB iPod touch models are “50% faster” than previous models and will run OpenGL ES 2.0. That means that gaming on those iPods will be the same as the iPhone 3GS.

UPDATE #3:  iTunes 9 has once again broken the Palm Pre’s ability to sync. I wonder how long that will last? Oh yeah, Mac users also get a Quicktime update too. Here’s the Apple doc on what’s in it.

UPDATE #4: Minor correction. The iPod Touch version of the iPhone 3.1 update is $4.95 USD according to this page.

UPDATE #5: A QuickTime stream of the event is now live.

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