Apple springs iPod Photo surprise
The iPod Photo makes a surprise debut as Apple revamps its music player range with color screens and a special edition iPod U2.At a special music event expected to see the launch of the U2 iPod held Tuesday, Apple sprang a surprise by also releasing the rumored iPod Photo, a version of the music player capable of storing and showing photos. The iPod Photo, which is available immediately, comes in 40GB and 60GB versions and looks identical to current iPods, but uses a 220x176 pixel display capable of showing up to 65,536 colors. The iPod Photo synchronizes images with iPhoto automatically on Mac, and with Adobe Photoshop Elements for Windows users. The display is capable of showing up to 25 images at the same time, allowing users to scroll through their photo library for the desired image. It includes an AV cable to connect directly with either a TV or projector.
"Having both your entire photo and music collections with you wherever you go is the next big thing," said Steve Jobs, Apples CEO in a statement. "Everyone has a digital camera and wants to enjoy and share their growing library of digital photos wherever they are. Unlike video content, photo content is free and abundant, and there are no copyright issues to deal with."