Apple has introduced its new high-end digital device - the iPod Photo.

The iPod Photo carries an entire music and photo library, with a maximum capacity of 60GB. The device holds up to 25,000 digital photos as well as the music library. The device has a high-resolution, full colour screen that is capable of displaying the image library, which can be navigated through using the Click Wheel.

Apple has thought ahead: the iPod Photo lets users combine their music and photos to create slideshows on your iPod, and hosts a TV-out connection for sharing slideshows on big screen televisions and projectors. iPod Photo is available in either 40GB or 60GB models. Apple has also extended the product's battery life so it supports up to 15 hours of music playback or up to 5 hours of slideshows.

“Having both your entire photo and music collections with you wherever you go is the next big thing,” said Apple CEO, Steve Jobs. “Everyone has a digital camera and wants to enjoy and share their growing library of digital photos wherever they are."

Copyright control

He also shared his assessment of the future of portable video devices: "Unlike video content, photo content is free and abundant, and there are no copyright issues to deal with.”

The iPod Photo has a colour screen and backlight, and is capable of rendering crisp, clear photos indoors and outdoors. "iPod Photo creates an entirely new iPod experience in full colour for viewing album artwork, calendars, contacts and games, adding even more excitement to iPod", Apple said.

The device supports Apple’s patent pending Auto-Sync technology, so can automatically download your digital music and digital photo libraries to the device, and update both collections whenever it is plugged in to a Windows PC or Mac.

Mac users can Auto-Sync their iPod with their iPhoto photo library, while Windows users can Auto-Sync with Adobe Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Album or their My Pictures folder. iPod Photo works with iTunes 4.7, also released today. The iPod Photo also has five push buttons for one handed navigation of an image library.

The new 40GB and 60GB iPod Photo models are shipping now, and cost £359 (including VAT) and £429 (including VAT) , through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. iPod Photo includes a dock with audio and video out, earbud headphones, 1.4m AV cable, 1.2m 30-pin to FireWire cable, a 1.2m 30-pin to USB cable, AC adaptor, black carrying case and a CD with iTunes 4.7 for Mac and Windows computers.

iPod Photo requires a Mac with a FireWire or USB 2.0 port and Mac OS X version 10.2.8 or later (v10.3.4 or later required for USB 2.0); or a Windows PC with a FireWire or USB 2.0 port or FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (with Service Pack 4 or later), XP Home or Professional.