Apple Returning to the Traditional Handheld Market

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Apple has just announced the new iPod touch. As this will include touchscreen input, Wi-Fi, and a web browser, Apple has finally re-entered the traditional handheld market, which they have stayed out of since they stopped offering the Newton many years ago.

iPod touch
iPod touch
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This new model will be just like the iPhone, though minus the cellular radio. It will have the same multi-touch input system, giving users the same input capabilities as every other PDA in the market, without the stylus, of course. And though Apple may not advertise it as PDA, its new model has close to every function many PDAs have at this time. This includes calender, contacts, web browsing, and note taking.

The Wi-Fi access on this iPod will give users the ability to not only browse the Web, but also download music through the new WI-FI iTunes store, and view the latest YouTube video of their liking.

Avid coffee enabled consumers will be surprised to know that starting next month Starbucks will be offering free Wi-Fi access to those surfing on the new iPod touch. They will also be able to view the latest songs played inside the Starbucks, and have the option to purchase them directly through the Wi-Fi iTunes store.

Consumers who own iPods already will be able to use the same charging connectors they probably have at both home, office, and inside their car.

Pricing and Availability

Starting at $300 for an 8 GB version of the iPod touch, and going up to $400 for a 16 GB version, it will be competitively priced against other market rivals such as the Palm TX.

Apple says this device will be available later this month.

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