Landscape mode is now available in mail for typing. Not a killer point for me, but some people are dying for this.
Push Notification Service. Apple can push information to your applications like AIM or hopefully FaceBook so you don't have to load said application to be updated on messages received. It's not background processes but it's better than nothing. Hopefully they will deliver on this feature, unlike last years promise of push notification that never materialized .
The Maps application can now be integrated into other applications and developers can (with their own maps) enable turn by turn directions using the GPS.
Peer to Peer Connectivity will let people play head to head games or share information in applications.
Accessories will connect to the 30 pin connector or by Bluetooth and communicate with your iPhone / iPod Touch. First generation iPod Touch owners are out of luck since we do not have Bluetooth. Some very cool possiblites here and I can also see some very expensive hardware as well.
iPod Library Access allows you to better control your music when inside a game or application.
Up to now I've payed $30 for software upgrades to my iPod Touch (while they have been free for iPhone owners) and it looks like I'll be spending another $9.99 when version 3.0 is released and I'm fine with that I really am.
Even paying $40 is still less than one month of service with Rogers for the iPhone and I would have payed at least $1350 over the past 15 months I've had my Touch.
That doesn't mean I wouldn't want to have an iPhone if someone was willing to pay for it.
Interesting that the 16GB version of the touch sans the January software update is $50 off and $100 cheaper than what they are now calling the Touch V2. It's also the same price as the 8GB model. I guess FutureShop is trying to liquidate the old stock.
Financially you'd be better off buying the older version of the 16GB and playing $20 for the update on iTunes there by saving $90. I'm sure there are some people who won't know this and will get suckered into buying the Touch V2 on the recommendation of commission based sales people.
So when you are out in the stores be sure to educate our fellow consumers.
It's been a little over a month now since I've had my iPod Touch and I'm still loving it.
Not only does it get me into the exclusive and usually cost prohibitive (MacBook Air cough cough) Mac fan boy club but now I have a reason to listen to MacBreak Weekly without looking like a poser.
Here's a run down on my favorite things for the Touch.
Mobile Internet. Sure I can only use it on wi-fi but I'm usually home anyway and it keeps me from disappearing in to the computer dungeon.
Web Apps. Again internet connectivity is a must for this one. Some of my favorites are the Thincloud Twitter app that does a better job at the mobile interface than Twitter's own in my opinion. The Facebook web app which looks so much better on my home screen now with it's own icon. TV Forcast not only tells me when the next new episode is airing but also offers a short synopsis and links to Tv.com for full show information. And a new one I started using called Flytunes. It lets you listen music on your Touch (I know sounds redundant but it's pretty nice). There's doznes of themed music channels to listen to and it works pretty good on my old B Wi-Fi router.
iTunes. The only music I've even bought off iTunes has been with the Touch. The interface is of course perfectly thought out and it's so simple I have to be careful or I'll max out my credit card (not no really but it easy to buy music).
Twins video to iPod-Zune-PSP-3GP. This program convert your other miscellaneous video for the iPod. Its great software, simple to use and most importantly free. The video I've converted looks great on the Touch.
But with any relationship there are always a few things that drive you crazy.
Saving trips in Maps. If you foolishly leave the trip map it's gone and out on the road there's no way to get the turn by turn directions back. Also can I just download all the street level maps for my province also? Please?
Podcasts in iTunes. Downloading podcasts when you are out and about would complete iTunes on the Touch for me.
Mail using my gmail address book. It's really annoying to have IMAP email on your Touch and it only grabs the contact list that is stored locally on the Touch.
Organizing Videos. Dividing videos into Videos, Music and Podcast (on the same screen) just doesn't cut it for me. Having dozens of videos without even a basic search feature let alone a folder structure can be maddening.
Flash in Safari. Even the Wii can play embedded flash videos and it costs less than my iPod did. Oh and it also has games Steve.
But even these few reasons can't stop me from loving my iPod Touch.
My iPod Touch of course. I usually fall asleep with it in bed reading VOX (unfortunately I cannot post directly to VOX or leave comments on neighbors posts), news sites or checking my Facebook. So it's right there in the morning. I first check my email then all my sites all over again.
I was totally checking out the live blogging when Steve gave his key note Tuesday at MacWorld Expo. I'm not going to go into great detail since there are those who actually attended the event and I can simply link to their coverage, like Engadget or MacBreak Weekly for example.
So yes I did spend the $20 to upgrade my Touch to get mail, maps, weather, stocks and notes. Yes I know they were included free on the iPhone from the start and moving forward now on the Touch. Yes I know that I could do two of the five simply by looking out a window or going outside. But this was my first Stevenote where I actually had an Apple product ever. I love the maps feature and how magically you can get an approximate location by a wifi-connection. Thanks Skyhook now I'm war driving trying to find open hot spots.
Here's the next item I got excited about. No, not the MacBook Air , I mean something I could actually afford without selling one on my children's souls for a down payment. It was the announcement of the Family Guy DVD Star Wars spoof Blue Harvest. Even thought I've seen it (thanks to bittorent) I'm going to purchase it (because of bittorent) and for a first time, brand new feature that has never been done before (at least to my knowledge) on a DVD. Digital Copy! They actually give you a digital copy that you can move to your computer, personal video player or whatever. I never thought I would see the day. So get out there right now (unless it's the middle of the night for you, then wait till tomorrow) and support this feature and maybe just maybe we will see it on every DVD release.
Of course this is one of those things I'll be telling my kids about in 20 years how you used to buy movies and television on DVD and even thought you bought it and it was yours and you only wanted a personal copy, you had become a criminal to break the copy protection and then take the equivalence of an university degree on video bit rates and format conversions and programs that were originally written in Japanese get it to play on your GBA SP. And then they'll ask me what's a DVD. I feel so old already.
As I tought (but didn't want to do the work) the trouble I was having was with The ipod cannot be synced. The disk could not be read from or written to. error message was a conflict with my on board USB.
My on board USB is a VIA chip, luckily had a PCI USB card in my old computer I could pilfer. It was a VIA chip also, but with a different chip set and model and about three years old.
I did return the 8GB Touch since it had some hot pixels but they didn't have anymore in stock so I had to get the 16GB. Donna bought it back in November when FutureShop was offering US prices and told the sales guy about it. He matched the price of the 8BG and took off 10$. We also got a Belkin car and home charger kit for 30$ off. And he replaced the case Donna had bought me with a better one for a lower price. I jokingly asked him if the stuff had fallen off a truck, but he assured me that they didn't.
Now if you'll excuse me I have some music to sync.
Boy did I get spoiled this Christmas. Not only did I get GH3 but I also got an iPod Touch. Thanks to Donna and the boys.
It works like a dream. The only problem I have (and it's an annoying one), is that I get two error messages when I try to sync anything to the iPod. Oh I can get some stuff on there but it never completely syncs everything and some of the stuff says it's on there but it really isn't.
Some say do a fresh install of your OS (to much work, sorry. There's a reason I only buy a computer every five years), unplug all you USB devices when you sync (that's like taking the tires off your car to get it to start, nope).
And yes I tried reinstalling the USB drivers for the iPod, checking for updates (both with Windows and HP), tried all the USB ports front and back. And resetting the iPod. I still get the messages and for iTunes to see it again I have to unplug and replug the iPod again. And no, just buying a Mac is not a realistic monetary recourse.
I'm going to see if exchanging it might do the trick, but I'm doubtful.
Damn you The ipod cannot be synced. The disk could not be read from or written to. error message.
I'm no expert but this looks like a hacked iPod Touch on display at my local Bestbuy. Sorry for the poor quality of the shot (my camera refuses to focus on that screen) but you can make out Installer and Sketches buttons. So did someone return this jailbreaked or is the staff having some fun?
The thing I'm worried about is that people are going to demo this and like the Sketches application, buy one and then they'll be disappointed when they get home and discover Sketches in not included. This demo unit is
basically promoting people to hack their iPod Touch.
Last time I checked the Canadian dollar (aka the Loonie) was trading higher than the American dollar. Did retailers not get the memo? I know there's more to it than that, I'm just choosing to ignore economics, market forces and international money markets. Ok?
Thinking I'd save $30 over on the US site I discovered that they don't ship to Canada. Damn you Steve!
Just another example of Apple playing to the home town crowd. Maybe they would have a greater worldwide market share if they didn't subsidize sales at home at the cost of foreign consumers.
Of course when and or if I ever get the Touch, hopefully I won't have to wait very long for 3rd party applications. All praise the mighty SDK.