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Apple Announces Major Software Upgrade for iPod


Apple Announces Major Software Upgrade for iPod touch

Auckland, New Zealand - January 16, 2008 - Apple today announced a major software upgrade for the iPod 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, 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 and a customisable home screen. New iPod touch products shipping from the factory will include the software upgrade and existing iPod touch customers can get the software upgrade for Recommended Retail Price NZ$27.99 by purchasing and downloading it from iTunes (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.

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 customised, 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 favourite 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.

Pricing & Availability
The software upgrade for iPod touch is expected to be available this week. New iPod touch products shipping from this week will include the software upgrade and existing iPod touch customers can get the software upgrade for RRP NZ$27.99 by purchasing and downloading it from iTunes (www.itunes.com). Further information for iPod touch can be found at www.apple.com/nz/ipod.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

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