Apple confirmed its dominant position in its post-Jobs era Wednesday when it unveiled new versions of iPhone, iTunes, iPod Nano and iPod Touch. The new products it unveiled suggests Apple has a commitment to maintain its leadership in digital music and will stay two steps ahead of its smartphone and tablet competitors.
Music has always been central to Apple’s product offerings, so it was not a surprise when the company debuted a revamped iTunes that will launch in October. The new version of iTunes integrates Apples cloud-based storage service, iCloud. Apple has aimed to make iTunes more enjoyable, too, making it easier to change playlists and adding a drop-down list that shows what songs will be played next. There was no mention of the Internet radio service Apple is reported to be building.
The big news of the day was the new iPhone 5. The device is 7.6mm thick and 18% thinner than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S, yet twice as fast because of its new A6 processor. The iPhone 5 weights 112 grams, 20% less than the iPhone 4S. It has a 4-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio and is made entirely of glass and aluminum. The prices will be $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB.
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