The launch of a new iPod Shuffle came totally unexpected. There wasn’t any rumors about this new device. Perhaps because it is too small already. Macrumors only found out that Apple is launching a new iPod Shuffle when they discovered that the Apple Store has gone down for updates. (A sign that something new is coming up)
The new iPod Shuffle is even smaller than the Gen2 iPod Shuffle. (1.8 inches by 0.3 inches) Just when we all thought it can’t get any smaller. But Apple achieve this record breaking size by removing almost everything except the clip, on/off switch and a 3.5mm port. And the 3.5mm port is also use for data transfer and charging. Interesting. Since there is no buttons, you can only control the iPod Shuffle using the 3 control buttons on the earpiece. (Volume up, Volume down and center button) Press the center button once to start playing and press again to pause. Double click to move to the next track. Press and hold to hear the voice over of the track name. Yes, this iPod Shuffle talks to you when you press and hold the middle button. You can even access the playlist on this new iPod Shuffle. Check out the guided tour on Apple website.
The new iPod Shuffle receives mixed reaction from online. I was checking out the online reaction to the new iPod Shuffle using twitterfall. Most people likes the new form factor. But some dislike the fact that all the controls is on the earphone. It means that you have to use a earphone made for iPod Shuffle or you can’t control the volume. But knowing that this is Apple, the iPod Shuffle will still sell like hot cakes.
The 3rd Gen iPod Shuffle is available in Black and Silver colour. Comes with 4gb memory. Selling at S$128 and will ship within 3-5 business days. I doubt we will be able to see it at the IT Show at Suntec.
PS: I personally feel that the girl in the guided tour look more hot than the new iPod Shuffle. Just a personal comment.