Apple announce beefy 6GB iPod mini

Apple has unveiled a new 6GB iPod mini and cut the price of the existing 4GB model. The battery life has more than doubled and the choice of colours has also been refreshed.

Apple announce beefy 6GB iPod mini

The 6GB variety sells for £169, £10 less than the old price, until today, of the 4GB model. That is now £139.

Apple is now claiming a battery life of up to 18 hours, up from eight, for both sizes. The battery can be fast-charged up to 80 per cent capacity in two hours while a full charge takes four.

Gold has been dropped from the list of available colours, leaving silver, pink, blue and green.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs described the new prices as ‘magic’.

‘At this breakthrough price point, and with more than twice the battery life, the new iPod mini should appeal to even more music lovers,’ he said.

iPod photo has also been overhauled and the range now comprises a slimmer 30GB model and the existing 60GB version. Most significant, however, is the optional iPod Camera Connector which lets you import pictures direct from a camera, the one feature that reviewers found lacking before. The connector will be available in late March.

Prices have been slashed: the 60GB model is now just £309, a cut of £120 or about 28 per cent; the 30GB is £249, compared to £359 for the abandoned 40GB version.

The camera connector will cost £19.

Battery life is unchanged at a claimed 15 hours.

Apple has also dropped the 40GB iPod from the standard range, leaving only the 20GB model, now £10 cheaper at £209.

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