Mac News and Rumors for September 3rd


What a great week for Mac Poker players! This week, we got brand new iPods from Apple, and wow are the new iPod Touches amazing! In addition, we have free money being thrown at players from the top two online poker sites.

New iPods are Here

Just as we reported last week, the rumor mill was once again correct, as Apple announced all new iPod models for the Shuffle, Nano and Touch lines. In addition, Apple announced iOS 4.1 as well as the soon-to-be-coming iOS 4.2 for the iPad.

The new iPod Shuffle sees the return of buttons and will still include the VoiceOver feature that was in the last version of the Shuffle. This model also has play lists and can even take advantage of Genius play lists. It has 15 hours of battery life and comes in silver, pink, gold, blue, and green. The 2 GB model will cost $49.

The iPod Nano has also been updated and no longer has a click wheel. Instead, it has a multi-touch interface to reduce the size tremendously. The new Nano is an astounding 46% smaller and comes with a 24-hour battery life. The Nano’s touch interface is very similar to other iOS devices with a home screen populated with icons to access photos, artists, play lists, control playback, and more.

The Nano’s orientation can be manually rotated to accommodate the device’s position when clipped to clothing. The new Nano comes in graphite, pink, blue, silver, green, gold, and red. The 8 GB model will cost $149 and the 16 GB model will run $179. Note that the iPod Nano can no longer play video.

The next generation of iPod Touch was announced and it looks and feels a lot like the new iPhone 4s. This new iPod Touch comes with a retina display and will also carry the same new chip, the Apple A4, as the iPhone 4. It has a rear-facing camera that can record HD video and a front-facing camera that will work with FaceTime. This device will have iOS 4.1 and offer 40 hours of music playback battery life. The iPod Touch will cost $229 for the 8 GB model, $299 for the 32 GB model, and $399 for the 64 GB model. All are available for pre-order on Apple’s site today.

Details Surface about iOS 4.2 for iPad

Apple has posted a page detailing the new features for the iPad coming in November. The iOS 4.2 release will bring iPad and iPhone features into synch. Some new features for the iPad include printing and AirPlay. The new iOS 4.2 will be released in November.

Fast $50 Appears on Full Tilt Poker

How would you like $50?  Head over to Full Tilt, log in using your real money account, and you’ll probably be offered a sweet fast $50 bonus offer. The good news is that you’ll be offered at least $50 and in some cases a lot more. You have until 23:59 ET on September 12th to accept your free bonus offer and then start playing at the tables to earn the bonus into your account. To get the bonus, open the Full Tilt Poker lobby, click on the “Requests” menu, select “Check my Bonus Offer,” and a popup window will come up. Hit “Accept” and you’re ready to start reaping the rewards!

PokerStars Offers Free Money Too

To celebrate this year’s World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), PokerStars is offering a 20% reload bonus up to $100.  Simply make a deposit, be sure to use the bonus code “WCOOP” before 23:59 ET on September 11th, and you’ll get 20% of the value of your deposit as a pending bonus.  Once you’ve made that deposit, accrue VIP Player Points (VPPs) by playing real money games to unlock it.  This means that if you deposit $500, you’ll get a $100 bonus, which will clear at 20 VPPs per $1. Visit Poker Stars for more details.


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