We bet at even odds that there would be a new widescreen Video iPod. But we were burned. Again. Sigh...
Instead, we get an update to the Generation 5 iPod that has a few new tricks like a brighter screen, an extended battery life, better song search, and decent, Xbox Live Arcade styled games that you can buy from the new iTunes store for 5 bucks. Call it generation 5.1. And btw, the awesome news is that the current generation of ipods can handle the gaming goods.
So here are the photos we collected today, along with some screenshots we took at the main event. This, and everything else we know about the iPod Showtime updates, after the jump.
All Apple Showtime Posts [Gizmodo]
From our original post, here.
The iPod Video is now 60% brighter and up to 4.5 hours of battery life up from 2.0 hours.
Gapless playback is now in for all iPods. Instant searching so you can input letters with the wheel. And a letter display as you're scrolling past the songs/artists.
Games. All designed for the wheel. Bejeweled, Cubis, Bahjong, Mini Golf, Pac man, Tetris, Texas Hold'em, Vortex, Zuma. Showing off the bejeweld gameplay now. These games will work on all 5G iPods. You can buy them off the iPod store. $4.99 each.
60% brighter display, 75% longer battery life, gapless playback, games, new headphones.
Lowered price to $249 for the 30GB version and a new 80GB. Both white and black. $349 for the 80GB.