Apple unveils new iPods in six colors.

iPod, therefore I am.

After a short amount of time offline, the Apple Online Store is back up and running — selling a refreshed line of iPods, featuring some feature upgrades, and a nifty new gold color option.

Apple has released new iPod shuffle, nano, and touch devices, representing the first major upgrade for the product lines since way back in 2012. While the shuffle and nano both get the new gold color — alongside five other color options — the biggest upgrade is reserved for the iPod touch.

The touch now boasts an 8-megapixel camera which brings it in line with the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, as well as a 64-bit A8 processor and Bluetooth 4.1.

The 16GB iPod touch costs $199, the 32GB model costs $249, 64GB model costs $299, and the 128GB iPod touch will set you back $399.

In addition to the gold, silver, space gray, pink and blue color options, Apple is also offering a Product Red iPod color options in support of the elimination of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Unlike the other color options, this will be sold exclusively through Apple.

While history suggests that these are likely to be the last iPod overhauls for a while, it’s certainly nice to see Apple dust off the product line which helped turn around its fortunes back in the early 2000s.

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Vibrant new iPod colors revealed in iTunes update.

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You may have written off the iPod as something Apple doesn’t care to breathe new life into by this point, but the iPod is exactly what appears to be getting an update. Alongside the release of iTunes 12.2 to support Apple Music, some users quickly discovered that images of the iPod family within the app feature new, unreleased colors.

The new colors appear to be a very royal blue, champagne gold (that dare I say leans on the side of beige) and hot pink. The images of these iPods sporting their new colors only show themselves when a user plugs in a new iPod to set it up for the first time, so they’re not easy to find.

The iPod has yet to receive any love from Apple’s gold movement, which started with the iPhone 5S in 2013. The iPad and MacBook have since offered the color option. Royal blue and hot pink are totally new though; the expansion of colors is probably one way Apple is trying to milk what’s left of the iPod’s appeal.

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As discovered by AppleInsider, the three new colors are likely coming to the entire iPod lineup, rather than just to specific models as the first image might suggest.

Maybe if Apple decides to release these new colors for the iPod, they’ll come alongside some internal upgrades well, since the insides haven’t gotten any attention since 2012 with the iPhone 5’s A5 chip. The iPod touch also features a 4-inch display unlike the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Legacy Support! After 14 years, the first iPod still syncs to the latest version of iTunes.

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What happens when you hook up the original 1st-generation iPod with the latest version of iTunes? YouTuber Matthew Pearce attempted exactly that, and surprisingly found that the current version of iTunes (12.1) works just fine with the old 2001 iPod, and even prompts to set it up as a new device.

It appears that Apple is supporting the first-gen iPod, rather than it just happening to work: iTunes shows an icon for the original iPod design after connecting the device. The setup required a Firewire 400 to 800 adapter, and for newer Macs you’d also need a Firewire 800 to Thunderbolt adapter.

Check out out the full experiment in the video below:

Spyglass: A full featured nav app for outdoor enthusiasts.

Spyglass (U.S. $3.99 on sale) is a really complete GPS toolkit for people spending time outdoors or doing off-road navigation. Features are numerous; among them are a heads-up display, a high quality compass with map overlays, a gyrocompass, speedometer, altimeter, astronomical object finder, a sextant, inclinometer, and angular calculator and more.

The app makes use of every sensor in your iOS device in a simple to use package. Waypoints can be saved and navigated to by following a simple pointer. Spyglass can track multiple destinations at the same time, and display distances, direction, azimuth, elevation and ETA. A rangefinder measures distances to distant objects. The app can utilize your camera to provide photos with data overlays.

Hikers and others going off-road will really be excited about this app. It has a myriad of functions all wrapped up in one place.

I tried the app and found it useful, even in urban life. You won’t get the most from the app without reading the instructions, and there are some nice videos available as well. This isn’t a typical navigation app with streets and hamburger joints; it’s a sophisticated tool for finding your way when there are no roads or obvious checkpoints.

It’s customizable, even to the colors of the displays and the filters over your live picture — for use at night, for example.

I do a lot of landscape photography that involves some hiking and car locating. Spyglass was a trustworthy companion for that endeavor, including estimating my altitude and distance to destinations. Getting back to my car was easy, just a matter of following an on-screen pointer.

If Spyglass interests you, there are online videos and a manual you can check before you buy. Spyglass needs iOS 6.1 or later, it’s universal and therefore friendly with all iOS hardware, and it’s optimized for the iPhone 5.

Recommended.

Black Friday 2014: Best Deals on Apple TV, iPods and other Apple accessories.

Apple holiday
The biggest shopping day of the year is right around the corner and there are deals aplenty on Apple hardware and accessories. Prepare to save yourself some money with this handy cheat sheet to the best deals on the Apple TV, iPods and other Apple accessories. 

Apple TV

iPod touch

iPod touch – 16 GB, fifth generation

iPod touch – 32 GB, fifth generation

iPod nano

iPod nano 16GB – 7th Generation

  • Best Buy – $119.99, November 27-29

iTunes Gift Cards

iTunes Gift Cards

Beats headphones

Beats Audio Gear

iOS 8.1.1 is here, full of bug fixes, stability and performance enhancements.

iOS 8.1.1 installer

Another day, another iOS update. iOS 8.1.1 is appearing on iPhones, iPads and iPod touches around the world via the standard over-the-air update process. You can install the update by simply launching Settings, then going to General > Software Update.

While there’s no big info about what has been fixed and/or enhanced in 8.1.1, the update notes do say that performance improvements are specifically for the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s. As of publication time, information on the security content of the update was not yet available. It will be available soon at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

Unlike the fateful iOS 8.0.1 update, this does not appear to be bricking iPhones. Unless you hear from us again soon, it’s probably safe to run the update once it’s available for you.

A hands-on look at Logitechs Keys-To-Go keyboard for iPad.

Logitech Keys-To-Go Bluetooth Keyboard
So you want a keyboard to use occasionally with your iPad, but you don’t want a keyboard case. Up to this point, that meant that you usually had to buy an Apple Wireless Keyboard (US$51) or something similar to drop into your iPad bag. Logitech, which just happens to make some of the best iPad keyboard cases on the market, has just released the new Keys-To-Go ultra-portable keyboard for iPad($69.99).

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 9.53 x 5.39 x 0.24 inches (242 x 137 x 6 mm)
  • Weight: 6.35 ounces (180 grams)
  • Rechargeable battery with life of three months

Design

The Keys-To-Go keyboard follows the tried-and-true design cues of Logitech’s popular FabricSkin keyboard case. In that respect, it means that the keyboard is covered with the spill-resistant FabricSkin material and that it comes in three different colors – red, teal and basic black.

Logitech points out that Keys-To-Go works with any iOS device, including iPad, iPhone and Apple TV. If you use another favorite iPad case that doesn’t already have a built-in keyboard, or if you like using your iPhone 6 Plus as a “phablet”, Keys-To-Go is designed for you.

The keyboard is very complete and uses a standard layout for iOS devices. There are separate rows for numbers and functions – the functions include a home screen key, a home key double-click, Spotlight, keys for switching between keyboards, opening the virtual keyboard when the Keys-To-Go is in use, and various play/pause/rewind and volume keys. There’s also a key for putting Bluetooth into discoverable mode (useful if you’re switching devices that are using the keyboard) and another to test the battery level. Lastly, there are arrow keys, perfect for navigating around spreadsheets or word processing documents quickly.

Functionality

My first thought when I saw the bright teal FabricSkin covering on the Keys-To-Go was that this was probably the best keyboard I could personally use.

It’s hard to believe just how thin the Keys-To-Go is (see edge-on view below), but it’s even harder to believe how good the keyboard feel is. There’s a surprising amount of throw to the mechanical keys that gives just the right amount of feedback for fast touch typers.

Edge view of Logitech Keys-To-Go Bluetooth Keyboard

FabricSkin has a slightly rubbery feel to it, which is great because when you’re typing on the keyboard on a slick surface, the keyboard stays in one place.

At 6.4 ounces, Keys-To-Go is just slightly heavier than a naked iPhone 6 Plus (6.07 ounces). The two devices together weigh just 12.47 ounces, which is a really lightweight pocketable (if you have a SCOTTeVEST) laptop!

Pairing is very quick and easy. The device is obviously made for primary use with iOS devices, as it shows up immediately in Bluetooth settings when turned on. When pairing with a Mac, the keyboard shows up with a hexadecimal identifier instead of a name, but still works perfectly.

Conclusion

Logitech has been making iPad keyboards for years now, and with the introduction of the Keys-To-Go keyboard, they now have a keyboard that works with any iOS device or Mac — in fact, the majority of this review was written using Keys-To-Go paired with my iMac. Keys-To-Go is a transportable, lightweight, and rugged keyboard that has a good feel and makes an excellent all-around primary or spare keyboard. I would like to see Logitech put the pricing of the Keys-To-Go keyboard more in line with the K480 Multi-Device Keyboard that sells for just $49.99.