Today, Apple introduced new models in the iPod Touch family, bringing support for OpenGL|ES to the line along with a 64GB model, and a price cut for the 8GB entry-level device. The new line-up is 8GB ($199), 32GB ($299), and 64GB ($399). Apple has moved over 20 million iPod Touches and it's the fastest growing iPod line to date.
The $199 price-point is a big deal, especially with Apple's pushing of the platform as a gaming device. At $50 cheaper than the upcoming PSPgo and offering more than the DSi beyond gaming, it could make a serious dent in that market, but I'm not quite ready to give it up to the iPod Touch as a major gaming platform.
On that note, during the presentation of the new iPod Touch line, Apple's senior vice president of marketing Phil Schiller took a shot at Sony's PSP and Nintendo's DS. Apple contends that the iPod Touch is a more powerful device because the other two:
- Do Not Have A Multi-Touch Interface
- Their Games Are Expensive
- Have No App Store
- Don't Have iPods
Those points are almost entirely true, but the DSi has an online store that sells downloadable games and the PSPgo will launch with PSP Minis, small apps and games available for purchase and download through the PlayStation Store. Regardless, Phil also notes the difference in the amount of games available on each platform, putting the PSP at 607 titles, the DS at 3,680, and iPhone OS at a whopping 21,178. It is unclear how many of those 21,178 apps make fart noises.
Apple also brought some developers on stage to show off new games including Assassin's Creed II, which will launch the same day as the console versions, Madden NFL 10, which is available today, and an impressive looking FPS game from Gameloft called Nova.
Available today, firmware 3.1 for the iPhone and iPod Touch, which will hook up with iTunes 9 and bring the new Genius Mixes feature to your portable device. The upgrade is free for iPod Touch 3.0 users, but will cost money if you haven't snagged 3.0 yet. The device did not get updated with a camera as rumored.