The nano made the old mini look obsolete and the just announced Video iPod makes all of its top-range ancestors look rather fat! The Steve Jobs Diet (only Apples!) has decreased the size of even the 60Gb model well below the size of even the last click-wheel model. The big change, though, is the oft-rumoured video capabilities. The new iPod has a larger screen (specs here) and video capability ... or, at least, some video. that's right, after the Steve Jobs diet, you have only see in Apple-developed video formats:
Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 768 Kbps, 320 x 240, 30 frames per sec., Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 KHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 480 x 480, 30 frames per sec., Simple Profile with AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 KHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats. (Upgradable firmware enables support for future video formats.) Supporting generic mp3s was the best idea Apple had when desiging the iPods; not supporting basic mpeg (and even divx) seems to be limiting the iPod Video's appeal and utility.
1) Engadget: Steve Jobs' entire "One More Thing...." presentation.
2) MAKE Blog: Creating Video for iPod
3) Tom Raftery's: Apple introduces new iMac (yep, there's a new G5 as well!)
4) NYTimes, 'Apple Introduces iPod That Plays Videos': "In endorsing handheld video, Mr. Jobs made an 180-degree about-face, reversing his criticism of the low-quality video that is available on portable, low-resolution devices. For the past two years he has been consistently critical of both the technology and the sociology of portable video - the idea that people will use the technology to watch videos in public places where they are engaged in other tasks."
5) Griffin have a Video iPod & Nano iTrip ready to go!
6) Flickr: iTunes 6.0 video screenshot.
7) Techdirt: "Apple Now Selling Expensive, Restricted TV Shows Too".