High-quality unboxing photos of Apple's third-gen iPod shuffle

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 2014
Apple retail stores on Thursday began receiving the company's third-generation 4GB iPod shuffle in extremely limited quantities. What follows are a few dozen unboxing and comparison shots, along with some commentary.



Average to mid-size Apple stores we spoke with report receiving only a couple dozen of each color (black and gray) as part of their initial shipment, with more expected by the end of the week. Thus far, the black model is proving to be far more popular with early adopters than the grey model, and was expected to sell out at several locations by day's end.



Apple says the third-gen iPod shuffle ships in packaging that's 40% smaller and 33% lighter than the one used for the second-gen shuffle, and it shows (comparison photos below). The plastic capsule-like container can be concealed almost completely in the palm of your hand.



Inside the box is a pair of Apple Earphones withÂ*Remote, a 1.8-inch iPod shuffle Dock sync USB cable, a Quick Start guide, and of course the 4GB shuffle itself. The first thing we noticed is how incredibly tiny the player is. It's no bigger than the length and width of three pieces of Chiclets chewing gum aligned side-by-side. It's also considerably smaller than the mini BiC lighters it resembles.



If you've ever gone diving between the couch cushions to find your misplaced Apple Bluetooth Headset, watch out with the new shuffle. It's most comparable in size -- slight shorter but wider, and approximately the same width (not factoring in the headset's earpiece).



On top, there's a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, a three-way control switch (shuffle, play in order, turn off) and tiny LED that could easily be mistaken for a spec of dust or some other form of debris. Meanwhile, the back sports a new version of the shuffle's familiar clip, only this time with a chromed finish and grainy off-white Apple logo with a bit of sparkle.



More generally speaking, the precision anodized aluminum molding of the player is perfection at its finest. While floating in its retail packaging, the new shuffle appears to lack seams entirely. It's only after a close inspection that you'll notice seams for what looks like a trap door mostly obscured by the clip on the back of the device.



At this juncture, it would also be impossible for Apple to deliver a thinner digital music player without substituting the 3.5mm jack with a new generation of connector. It's that thin.



We'll be putting the new shuffle through our gauntlet and will deliver a full review of the player and its new VoiceOver interface in coming days.



























































































































































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  • Reply 1 of 78
    rainrain Posts: 538member
    looks like the monolith from 2010... except much much smaller.



    Baaaaaa Baaaaaa BA BA.... BOM bom BOM bom...
  • Reply 2 of 78
    jensonbjensonb Posts: 529member
    I'm really tempted by this, looks like a pretty great upgrade. And I have owned all the Shuffle designs so far, so it's kind of a tradition.



    Might get one after my DSi
  • Reply 3 of 78
    drowdrow Posts: 121member
    Zomg my new ipod shuffle is like totally scratched already screw you apple
  • Reply 4 of 78
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,411member
    Again, it looks great but there are so many 'minuses' for me in this iteration that I'll gladly stick with my 2G shuffle.
  • Reply 5 of 78
    I don't see why they couldn't have integrated the USB plug on the device itself (just like 1st gen Shuffle). Just put a nice, secure, matching cap on it.



    It would be a subtle feature, but extremely convenient. Who wants to deal with more cables than is absolutely needed.
  • Reply 6 of 78
    okay nice robot porn guys.

    it looks like an apple lighter.

    i'm still not completely convinced about the uni-click button.
  • Reply 7 of 78
    vrkiranvrkiran Posts: 110member
    Couldn't you find a dustier environment for your pictures?



    (I am not talking about the technical issues :-) enough people are talking about it already)
  • Reply 8 of 78
    inameiname Posts: 5member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by drow View Post


    Zomg my new ipod shuffle is like totally scratched already screw you apple



    So you mean your new 3g iPod shuffle is ALREADY scratched???!!!

    What have you done with it??
  • Reply 9 of 78
    kasperkasper Posts: 941member, administrator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by vrkiran View Post


    Couldn't you find a dustier environment for your pictures?



    (I am not talking about the technical issues :-) enough people are talking about it already)



    Listen, when you see this thing in person, you'll understand. It's tiny. Most of that dust isn't recognizable to the human eye. We're using a high-res camera with a macro lens. However, I agree. The shots could be better and we're working on improving our photo-shoots for the next piece of Apple pr0n.



    Thanks,



    K
  • Reply 10 of 78
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
    Did Steve really approve this?
  • Reply 11 of 78
    lamewinglamewing Posts: 742member
    Aside from the worthless idea of having the controls on the cable....



    And the pictures look nice....



    But, how does it sound in comparison to the 2nd gen Shuffle? I cannot stand my wife's 2nd gen and still use my 1st gen when running.
  • Reply 12 of 78
    yet the ipod classic still has that small screen...
  • Reply 13 of 78
    dimmokdimmok Posts: 359member
    Appleinsider...I love you guys.



    Keep up the great work!
  • Reply 14 of 78
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rain View Post


    looks like the monolith from 2010... except much much smaller.



    Baaaaaa Baaaaaa BA BA.... BOM bom BOM bom...



    Now that's funny!!
  • Reply 15 of 78
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,411member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kasper View Post


    Listen, when you see this thing in person, you'll understand. It's tiny. Most of that dust isn't recognizable to the human eye. We're using a high-res camera with a macro lens. However, I agree. The shots could be better and we're working on improving our photo-shoots for the next piece of Apple pr0n.



    Thanks,



    K



    Just use a can of compressed air on the surface before shooting. Old photographer's tip.
  • Reply 16 of 78
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by vrkiran View Post


    Couldn't you find a dustier environment for your pictures?



    (I am not talking about the technical issues :-) enough people are talking about it already)



    Agreed, but at least they don't have a hand model with dirty fingernails!
  • Reply 17 of 78
    kasperkasper Posts: 941member, administrator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post


    Just use a can of compressed air on the surface before shooting. Old photographer's tip.



    Yeah, I know. Next time. The photos were taken outside tho. That's problem No. 1. Lightbox time.



    K
  • Reply 18 of 78
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kasper View Post


    Listen, when you see this thing in person, you'll understand. It's tiny. Most of that dust isn't recognizable to the human eye. We're using a high-res camera with a macro lens. However, I agree. The shots could be better and we're working on improving our photo-shoots for the next piece of Apple pr0n.



    Thanks,



    K



    Thanks for the photos Kasper...now I don't have to make a special trip to the Apple store to see it!



    I to have owned all the shuffle iterations to date and this one is the best looking. (I give the old ones to my nieces.)



    I especially like the chrome clip. After using the iPhone earbuds controller I think I would like the controller on the new Shuffle. All those PHD's at Apple are always think'n!
  • Reply 19 of 78
    kasperkasper Posts: 941member, administrator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by christopher126 View Post


    Thanks for the photos Kasper...now I don't have to make a special trip to the Apple store to see it!



    I to have owned all the shuffle iterations to date and this one is the best looking. (I give the old ones to my nieces.)



    I especially like the chrome clip. After using the iPhone earbuds controller I think I would like the controller on the new Shuffle. All those PHD's at Apple are always think'n!



    We'll have a full review soon. The clip is fairly stiff. Nicer than the last clip.



    K
  • Reply 20 of 78
    I'm curious as to why they included the shuffle / power switch. I would have thought you would just shake the device to start shuffling your songs. You would turn on and off the device by pressing the + and - buttons together for 3 seconds. Seems simple enough! Heck, we could have done away with the remote too. Twist left to rewind, twist right to play. Short stop shake stops the device, holding it to your ear makes it tell you the playlist...



    I could go on but I think its not funny anymore.
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