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iPad’s New Gestures Not Coming in iOS 4.3 ➝

Just as I was starting to get used to the four- and five-finger gestures in iOS 4.3 beta 1, Apple releases beta 2 along with this little note regarding the gestures:

This feature will not be enabled in iOS 4.3 for customers, but we are providing this preview to gather input on how these gestures work with your apps.

My best guess is that Apple isn’t ready to release the gestures just yet, but are planning to do so in a later version of iOS. The developer preview is more or less a subtle nudge letting developers know that they should be ready for them.

iPod nano

Although the iPod nano is no longer Apple’s best selling iPod, Apple didn’t hold back with this latest refresh. The new iPod nano sports a brand new design with a 1.7-inch multi-touch display and a clip on its back.

The new iPod nano has a new user interface that will be familiar to those who’ve used an iOS device. It doesn’t actually run iOS, but Apple has certainly done a good job emulating the iOS ascetic on the old embedded iPod OS.

The home screens display four icons each and are arrangeable, just as you would on an iOS device, simply tap and hold until the icons jiggle, drag them around until they’re ordered as you’d like, and press the lock button to lock them in. Tap and hold on most screens brings you to the home screen. Single tapping on the album covering in the now playing screen brings up your audio controls and there are VoiceOver commands if you’d rather tell your device what to do. The iPad nano’s screen can be rotated to any orientation, just use two fingers to rotate it.

There’s no home screen button and no lock screen, instead just a single lock/power button and two volume buttons along the top. The 30-pin dock connector is still there and yet they’ve managed to shrink the device to nearly half the previous generation’s size and weight.

Apple has done away with video support. No more video camera or video playback of any kind. This may just be a way of pushing customers toward the more expensive iPod touch but I doubt most iPod nano owners ever watched video on their device anyway.

The nano does still have FM radio support which was a big selling point of the previous generation. There’s Nike+ support and even a pedometer to keep track of your steps.

This revision to the iPod nano is clearly about simplifying the device and brings the nano back to its core feature-set. Music is its primary function and you can see that with every decision Apple made.

Apple did a great job with this update and I think the new form factor was well worth the loss of features. For the kind of buyer who would have purchased an iPod nano before, this refresh will only give them more reasons to make the purchase.

The iPod nano is priced at $149 for 8GB and $179 for 16GB. It’s available in seven colors and is available for pre-order today.

Nexus One Update Brings Multi-Touch ➝

Last week Google pushed an update to Nexus One owners that enabled multi-touch in the browser, maps, and photo gallery applications.

From Google’s Nexus One weblog:

Nexus One users will begin to receive an over-the-air software update on their phones. This update provides some great new features, and fixes a few problems that some users might have experience

Apple continues to be one of the incredibly few, if not only, handset makers that requires you to update the device manually using your computer. The downside is that you have to connect it to perform the update. But, I still think Apple has chosen the right path. Not only can users update their device immediately following availability, you also get the satisfaction of knowing that your iPhone is always backed up before any and all firmware updates.

Apple Introduces Magic Mouse ➝

Magic Mouse Gestures

From Apple Hot News:

Today Apple introduced the new wireless Magic Mouse, the first mouse to use Apple’s revolutionary Multi-Touch technology. Pioneered on iPhone, iPod touch and Mac notebook trackpads, Multi-Touch allows customers to navigate using intuitive finger gestures. Instead of mechanical buttons, scroll wheels or scroll balls, the entire top of the Magic Mouse is a seamless Multi-Touch surface. Magic Mouse comes standard with the new iMac and will be available as a Mac accessory at just $69.

The rumors were true, Apple has introduces a multi-touch mouse. The new mouse uses Bluetooth — there isn’t a wired version (at least not yet), if you want a wired mouse from Apple you’ll have to settle for the Mighty Mouse.

The top shell is just one big multi-touch sensor, tapping anywhere on the top of the device will click, tap in the upper-right corner to perform a right click. scrolling works by sliding your finger around the surface of the mouse. Swiping two fingers left or right will move through music in iTunes, photos in iPhoto, or web pages in Safari.

The Magic Mouse is available today for $69.

Apple – Magic Mouse – The world’s first Multi-Touch mouse..

Mac mini with OS X Server and Multi-Touch Trackpad for Desktop Macs
10/5/09: Mouse, iMac, and Other Apple Hardware

Update 10/20/09: Engadget has a great gallery unboxing and showing off the new Magic Mouse and iMac. Apple has also posted a video of Jonathan Ive, Bob Mansfield, and Scott Brodrick talking about the design of the new iMac and Magic Mouse.

Update 10/25/09: From Jim Dalrymple’s hands on review of the Magic Mouse published by The Loop:

There is only one conclusion you can come to when considering whether or not you should get the Magic Mouse. Buy two, because as soon as someone uses it, you’ll lose the first one.

The Magic Mouse is well designed to fit comfortably in your hand, it works well wirelessly, functions perfectly as a mouse and has gestures to boot. What else do you need?

I ordered a Magic Mouse the day they were announced, currently Apple says it will be delivered sometime between October 28 and November 3. Reading reviews like this get me really excited to try it out.

Update 10/28/09: I just received a shipping notification from Apple. FedEx now estimates the delivery of my Magic Mouse on October 30.

Update 11/6/09: Apple Magic Mouse

Mac mini with OS X Server and Multi-Touch Trackpad for Desktop Macs

John Gruber one-upped Dan Lyons’ tease from yesterday morning by detailing the announcements that Gruber claims will be coming later today.

Redesigned MacBooks, redesigned iMacs, an updated Mac mini (including one that ships with OS X Server), a multi-touch “Magic Mouse,” and a multi-touch trackpad were mentioned.

Many of this we’ve all heard before, what’s new is the Mac mini with OS X Server and the multi-touch trackpad that Gruber claims is targeted for desktop Macs.

A Mac mini with OS X Server is a brilliant idea, I’ve seen countless web pages detailing their process of turning the Mac mini into a home server — this is a logical step for Apple to take with the product.

But, the multi-touch trackpad for desktop Macs isn’t something anyone has really talked about. When Apple initially launched new notebooks with multi-touch gestures early last year, I wondered how Apple would bring the feature to desktop Macs. When the multi-touch mouse was first rumored I thought that a mouse would be a perfect way of bringing those gestures to desktops without having to add another peripheral. But, it seems that I was wrong, Apple is going to bring a trackpad to desktop Macs and I’m assuming that it will be used for notebook-like gestures, but I’m almost certain it will be used for much more than that.

Engadget has also found a couple of FCC filings for “a pair of 802.11 a/b/g/n 3×3 access points.” It sounds to me like we might get some new routers too.

What I find odd is that it isn’t like Apple to announce two redesigned computers and two new products without some sort of event. I’m not saying that they can’t, I just find it odd. Apple isn’t one to just push out a press release when they release a redesigned product. Dan Lyons’ tease mentioned that “the people we care about are being briefed in advance,” so maybe Apple is trying something new here, or maybe they didn’t have time to plan an event in time for the holiday shopping season.

10/5/09: Mouse, iMac, and Other Apple Hardware
9/30/09: Updated iMac and Mac mini Coming in October
8/29/09: MacBook Redesign in the Works
8/8/09: Upcoming iMacs to Release with ‘Compelling New Features’

Update 10/20/09: An AppleInsider forum poster has listed (what he claims to be) the products that will be announced today.

MC238LL/A – MAC MINI 2.26/2x1GB/160/SD/AP/BT-USA
MC413LL/A – IMAC 21.5″/3.06/2x2GB/1TB/4670-256MB-USA

Looks like we’ll be getting a few new Mac minis, an AirPort Extreme, a couple of Time Capsules, a 21.5-inch iMac, and MacRumors has received “unconfirmed word that the ‘MC207LL/A’ product is a MacBook running at 2.26 GHz with a 250 GB hard drive and 2GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 RAM.”

Apple’s online store has been down for a couple of hours now and there are still no signs of changes (on the store page or on individual product pages).

Update 10/20/09: Apple Updates MacBook with LED-Backlight, Glass Trackpad, 7 Hour Battery

Update 10/20/09: Apple Introduces Magic Mouse

Update 10/20/09: Apple Unveils New iMac with 21.5 and 27-inch 16:9 Displays

Update 10/20/09: Apple Updates Mac mini, Offers Server Model

Update 11/6/09: Apple Magic Mouse