Apple aficionados always are hungry for an upgrade. Here’s a rundown on all the latest ’Pads, ’Pods and ’Phones they’re craving this season
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The new iPhone 4S takes everything to the next level. A 1 GHz dual-core processor delivers speedier browsing and gaming, and the upgraded camera captures 8-MP stills and full 1080p high-def video. But the coolest feature is the introduction of Siri, the intelligent assistant that will set reminders, check the weather and proffer dining suggestions, all via voice commands. Of course, there is access to more than 425,000 apps in the App Store, right from the palm of their hand.Oh, don’t forget that the iPhone 4S can simply make calls, too! The iPhone 4S is available in black or white.
32GB – $299
64GB – $399
The second-generation iPad is everything great about the original – but even better. First, Apple says the 9.7-inch tablet is a 33 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, but it still offers a super-long 10-hour battery life. An upgrade to a 1 GHz dual-core processor allows for faster browsing on the web and smoother multitasking on apps.
The biggest change, though, is the introduction of a front- and rear-facing cameras for Face Time chatting and capturing stills and high-def video. New Smart Covers magnetically clip to the edge to serve as a screen protector and angled-viewing stand. The iPad 2 is available in black or white.
16GB – $499 Wi-Fi, $629 3G
32GB – $599 Wi-Fi, $729 3G
64GB – $699 Wi-Fi, $829 3G
The latest-gen iPod Touch brings along a Face Time camera for video chatting or capturing 720p high-def video and a high-res Retina Display touch screen –%u202Fall at only 0.28 inches thick. With all that and apps, one could say the iPod Touch truly is an iPhone without the phone, but up to 40 hours of audio playback leave no doubts that this is one standout iPod. The iPod Touch is available in black or white.
8GB – $199
32GB – $299
64GB – $399
The 0.74-ounce nano packs touch-screen controls and up to 24 hours of audio playback into its roughly 1.5-inch square design. In addition to their mp3 collection, users can tune into FM radio or track their daily steps on a pedometer. A clip makes it easy to take on-the-go for a commute or for a workout, as it also syncs with the Nike iPod Sport Kit. The nano is available in seven colors.
8GB – $129
16GB – $149
One could almost call the iPod Shuffle a trial version. It offers plenty of space (2GB) and playback (15 hours) in a tiny package (1.24 inches wide, 0.44 ounces). Plus, it has clickable buttons, unlike previous Shuffles, and a clip for keeping it contained. Best of all, it’s dirt cheap.
2GB – $49
There are no frills with the original iPod. Click wheel. A 2.5-inch LCD display. And more space than they have music. Available in black or gray.
160GB – $249
If you know someone who’s cut their cable TV in the past year, an Apple TV might be the gift for them. This half-pound, 4-inch square device lets them stream movies and shows from iTunes on their home computer right to their HDTV. Netflix streaming, naturally, is built in, and the Apple TV also lets them rent movies directly from their TV. Sports fans with MLB.tv or NBA.com League Pass subscriptions also can stream games live on the device. And all can be controlled from iPad, iPod or iPhone via the Remote app.
Apple TV – $99