Before the Macworld event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, almost everybody was expecting a facelift for Apple’s iPhone and/or iPod Touch. No joy. Almost the whole show was dedicated to the super slim Apple MacBook Air and movie rentals at iTunes.
Today Apple has quietly updated its iPhone and iPod Touch lineup, doubling the memory and setting a new premium price for its high-end models.
The latest iPhone features 16 gigabytes of memory and retails for $499. The previously released 8 GB version of the hybrid cell phone, multimedia player and wireless Internet device costs $399.
The new iPod Touch comes with 32 GB of memory and retails for $499. The older 16 GB and 8 GB versions of the combination multimedia player wireless Internet gadget cost $399 and $299, respectively.
The expanded storage models of the iPhone and the iPod Touch are available starting today at the Apple store online, or in Apple and AT&T retail stores.
Apple said that all iPhone and iPod Touch models come with updated software that the company announced in January. It includes a new maps application and the ability to watch movies from the iTunes movie rental service.
If you have a fat wallet and an insatiable appetite for songs, videos or movies this latest move by Apple will sound like music to your ears. On the other hand, if you feel that paying $500 for a gadget just to speak to your friends or watch your favorite videos is a waste of money, just click on to another site. I personally feel that paying $500 for a cell phone is a rip off. There are other ways to get more bang for your buck.