The Week in iPhone Apps: Games, File Sharing, and More Games

At the Let's Rock event this week » 9/12/08 5:00pm 9/12/08 5:00pm, Apple pushed the hard (and iPhone too, obviously) as a viable gaming platform. Steve even went so far as to call it the best portable gaming platform out there. Strong words for DS and PSP fans, but the crop of games popping up in the App Store continues to build steam. This week…

Confirmed: Nike+ Only Works With 2nd Gen iPod Touch, Not iPhone or 1st …

Our interview with Apple confirmed something we suspected in our liveblog and our hands on » 9/09/08 3:12pm 9/09/08 3:12pm with the device: that the Nike+ integration only works with . Owners of the first-gen iPod touch, the iPhone and iPhone 3G are locked out, because of the technology required to connect the device to the receiver in your shoe…

iPod Nano Hands-On Impressions

The new, thinner and smaller iPod nano » 9/09/08 2:17pm 9/09/08 2:17pm really is smaller, thinner, and feels much better in your hand. Brian, our hand model, has small hands, so you can see how relatively small the unit is. The aluminum is slick, but the clickwheel might be slightly slick, and not as grippy as previous models. The UI though, is …

iPod Nano 4th Gen Sized-Up Against Its Ancestors

Tall and slender like the first generation, curved a bit like the second generation, with the bigger screen of the third generation: the new iPod nano is clearly a product of its ancestry. And it's no longer a stubby fatty, with Jobs himself calling it the "thinnest iPod ever"—helped a bit by those curves. Check out our… » 9/09/08 2:15pm 9/09/08 2:15pm

New iPod Shuffle: Same Chip-Clip, Now With Nano's Hand-Me-Down Colors

At this point, the housing can't get much smaller without coming with a serious child-safety choking warning etched into the back-but obviously not wanting to leave any iPod untouched today, Apple spread some more saturated ROYGBIV love to the shuffles (the nano's old digs, actually » 9/09/08 2:12pm 9/09/08 2:12pm), ditching the lighter pastels.…

iPhone 2.1 Update Coming Friday: Less Call Drops, Crashes, Faster…

We were hoping for it, and it looks as though will actually get the iPhone 2.1 update on Friday. Word is that the free update will "fix a lot of bugs." Expect less call drops, crashes, better battery life, and a faster sync » 9/09/08 1:54pm 9/09/08 1:54pm (thank God). Still no copy and paste though. Bumnmer. Current owners will have to spend $10 …

iPod Touch Second Generation Rocks Our Socks Off

The new iPod touch is out. It has a new design: chrome rim, with a tapered back similar to the iPhone, but thinner. It now includes external volume controls as well. It also has Nike+ integrated with no transmitter needed » 9/09/08 1:34pm 9/09/08 1:34pm (you still need the in-shoe transmitter, but it has an RFID receiver built-in) as well as…

New Apple Premium In-Ear Headphones With Dual Drivers Only $79

To go with the Skittles smorgasbord of new iPod nanos, Apple's got a bunch of new accessories. By far the most exciting are their new premium in-ear headphones » 9/09/08 1:32pm 9/09/08 1:32pm. They've got dual drivers (woofer + tweeter), a setup you don't see until about the $200 mark with say, or , which used to be over $300. And these have…

iPod Classic Gets 120GB Boost For $250, 160GB Discontinued

The iPod classic looks like it's getting the runt's end of the "Let's Rock" magic wand today-with boosted storage to 120GB for $250, up from 80GB for the same price. And it's death for the 160GB thickie, matching the Zune's lineup to a tee. Same form factor and colors as last time. Now, the largest iPod money can buy … » 9/09/08 1:17pm 9/09/08 1:17pm

iTunes 8 is Here, Bringing Genius Playlists and More

As expected, El Jobso just revealed the new iTunes 8 on stage at the "Let Us Rock" event. It's a sizable upgrade for iTunes, so let's take a look at the new features, shall we? Genius Playlists » 9/09/08 1:07pm 9/09/08 1:07pm Yep, just like . These go through your music, analyzes its structure and sound, and creates playlists on the fly that it…

iTunes Store Finally Gets TV Downloads in Glorious HD, NBC Returns

After eons of offering only movies in HD, the iTunes store is at last selling TV shows the way they're meant to be watched. Starting today, you can buy HD episodes of TV shows for $2.99. NBC and Apple have kissed and made up as well—Monk, The Office, Battlestar Galactica, 30 Rock, Heroes are all back, and yes, you… » 9/09/08 1:03pm 9/09/08 1:03pm

Apple Let's Rock Liveblog

Jason Chen: You guys all see the last minute rumors » 9/09/08 1:00pm 9/09/08 1:00pm? 7:05 am ON Sep 9 2008 B. Lam: Good morning. Chen and I had a sleep over. We're eating shakes and Hong Kong milk tea. Just thought I'd tell you that. Wait, is this my Twitter window? 7:13 am ON Sep 9 2008 B. Lam: testes testes 1,2,3 Jason Chen: The line is…

Last Minute Apple Leaks on New iPod Nano, Shuffle, Classic and Touch?

AppleInsider » 9/09/08 9:21am 9/09/08 9:21am claims to have two independent sources confirming identical information about upcoming Apple iPod refreshes. The biggest overhaul appears to be on the iPod nano, which would explain we've seen on the device. It will come in nine colors and be the first non-touch iPod to support a motion/orientation…

First Look at New iPod Nano Interface?

We have received these two images of the iPod nano showing a new interface. They look like Apple's own product illustrations and the iPod itself looks like the unconfirmed leaked picture » 9/09/08 8:59am 9/09/08 8:59am, but of course we don't know if they are real or not. They are so polished and we like them so much that we hope they are real,…