Hong Kong Tech Phooey

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Mail, Maps and other Applications Coming to iPod Touch


Pic from Gizmodo

See the following press release for details (check my highlights).

Apple Announces Major Software Upgrade for iPod touch

MACWORLD SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple(R) today announced a major software upgrade for the iPod(R) touch, making the best iPod into even more — the world’s best Wi-Fi mobile device. iPod touch customers already have the most advanced mobile web browser in the world with Safari(TM), and now Apple is adding five more great mobile applications — Mail, Maps, Stocks, Weather and Notes. The iPod touch software upgrade also includes new features such as Web Clips, a customizable home screen and beginning today, the ability to watch iTunes(R) Movie Rentals. New iPod touch products shipping from the factory will include the software upgrade and existing iPod touch customers can get the software upgrade for $19.99 by purchasing and downloading it from iTunes (http://www.itunes.com).

“These amazing new mobile applications make iPod touch not only the best iPod, but the best Wi-Fi mobile device in the world,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With its revolutionary touch interface and software, plus its stunning 3.5 inch screen, iPod touch is evolving into the first mainstream Wi-Fi mobile platform of the 21st century.”

Mail on iPod touch is a rich HTML email client that fetches email in the background from most POP3 or IMAP mail services and displays photos and graphics along with the text of the email. Users can configure Mail for Google’s Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, .Mac Mail or most POP or IMAP based mail services with just a few clicks. Maps on iPod touch features the ability to automatically find your current location using nearby Wi-Fi base stations*, and use it as a starting or ending point for directions or to find local points of interest. Users can getreal-time traffic conditions, and view maps in map or satellite view, or a hybrid view which combines map and satellite views so you can see major street names overlaid on satellite imagery.

Stocks and Weather allow users to access live stock and weather reports at their fingertips, and Notes lets you jot down information on-the-go using the intelligent keyboard. The iPod touch home screen can now be customized, allowing users to reorder and add new icons, with support for up to nine different home screens which they can easily flick between. With the new Web Clips feature, you can even create custom icons on your home screen for your favorite websites. Web Clips are a great way to easily track web sites that you frequently check such as news, blogs, sports sites, movie listings and more.
With Apple’s new iTunes Movie Rentals, movie fans can rent movies on their computer, easily and quickly transfer them to their iPod touch, and watch them anywhere on iPod touch’s gorgeous 3.5 inch screen. Users can also now navigate
forward or backward through their movies by chapters, select alternate language tracks and view subtitles, if available.

Pricing & Availability
The software upgrade for iPod touch is available immediately. New iPod touch products shipping from the factory will include the software upgrade and existing iPod touch customers can get the software upgrade for $19.99 by purchasing and downloading it from iTunes (http://www.itunes.com). iTunes Movie Rentals are available in the US only. Further information for iPod touch can be found at http://www.apple.com/ipod.

*Availability and precision of Maps positioning features will vary depending on actual location.

Source – Gizmodo

January 16, 2008 - Posted by | Gadgets n Gizmos, iPod, Mac, News Related, Software | ,


  1. Do you need an itunes account to get the update?


    Comment by shaky | January 16, 2008 | Reply

  2. Yeah, u need iTune to upgrade your firmware.

    Comment by hongkongphooey | January 16, 2008 | Reply

  3. But there is no HK itunes store right?

    Comment by shaky | January 16, 2008 | Reply

  4. iTunes, the program itself. Don’t need an account.

    Comment by hongkongphooey | January 16, 2008 | Reply

  5. Ahhh, cool! Thanks

    Comment by shaky | January 16, 2008 | Reply

  6. Well I tried. Didn’t work. Nothing happened at all when I clicked the upgrade button!

    Comment by shaky | January 17, 2008 | Reply

  7. My bad Shaky, messed up on your query. OK, the deal is we have to ditch out US$19.99 for this upgrade and the only way to go about doing it is through iTune Music Store. As there’s no iTune music store for Hong Kong, that means all iPod Touch purchased here could not access the software upgrade unless you have an account with US or UK or other countries iTune Music Store. This is confirmed by the Apple Hong Kong hotline this morning. Only iPod Touch on sale from today on would have the software upgrade included. Another way to go about this is to jailbreak it, but that is if you have not upgrade to v.1.1.3. I know this really sucks, Apple should really have thought about it considering the sales of the iPod Touch in HK aren’t too shabby.

    Comment by hongkongphooey | January 17, 2008 | Reply

  8. Ah. I already upgraded. Yeah it sucks. I’ve already given feedback to Apple. Hope they totally change their minds soon and just make it a free, easily accessible upgrade.

    Thanks for your help and info.

    Comment by shaky | January 17, 2008 | Reply

  9. well, i have the same situation as hkphooey…..
    i upgraded to 1.1.3 accidentally….
    but i do not have an itunes account….so i could not enjoy the new applications……
    Is it necessary to have a UK/US address when you register in itunes? Or could i still finish the registration if i have a paypal account register in Hong Kong??
    i really hope that APPLE would do something for those who cannot purchase the new applications….

    thx for your info anyway~!

    Comment by jeffreyli | January 17, 2008 | Reply

  10. I believe u need a based credit card to get register on iTunes, i.e. if u’re in US, u’ll need a US based credit card…

    Comment by hongkongphooey | January 18, 2008 | Reply

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