Apple's Red line for fighting Aids

CHRIS GARDNER
Last updated 14:13 15/01/2014

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Apple has donated more than US$65 million to the Global Fund to Fight Aids in Africa from the sales of its Product Red range.

Up to half of the money Apple receives from the range is donated to help an Aids free generation arise in Africa.

Apple’s latest Product Red line includes the iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle, all of which come in a red case embossed with the Product Red logo, as well as assorted iPad and iPhone cases.

The line is only available through the online Apple Store - there is no reseller taking a percentage of the sale price.

The iPod touch’s red case has a shiny gleaming metallic look to it. Gorgeous if red is you thing. In all other respects it’s a fifth generation model running Apple’s iOS 6 operating system. It’s quick and easy to upgrade to iOS 7 over wifi by going to Settings>Software Update.

But best of all the iPod touch comes with a free download of Apple’s iWork suite of productivity apps, Pages, Keynote, Numbers.

It’s almost as good as having the full Microsoft Office suite which is not available for iOS. iWorks also includes recording app GarageBand, photo app iPhoto and movie app iMovie. The whole suite appears on all older devices running iOS under Apps>Purchased when you sign in with the same Apple ID.

The Project Red iPod nano is almost as sexy, being a lot smaller to handle thanks to its 2.4 inch screen and 15GB capacity. The nano does not run iOS, so forget about doing anything with it other than listening to music and watching videos and using the pre installed Nike Plus app to track your steps, distance, pace, time and calories burned if you take it running.

The bright red 2GB iPod shuffle, made from anodized aluminium, can be set to play your music in order or randomly. There’s no screen so the iPod tells you what’s selected when you press the VoiceOver button.

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