Thursday, September 13, 2012

iPod touch updated to a 4-inch, 16:9 display like the iPhone 5, more

The star of Apple's Wednesday, Sept. 12 event was the iPhone 5. However, its little brother, the iPod touch was also introduced in its fifth-generation glory, a long overdue upgrade to the device. The iPod touch hadn't seen its hardware updated since 2010.

Among the changes to the iPod touch, which will ship with iOS 6:
  • A larger 4-inch Retina display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, the same used in the new iPhone 5.
  • The new iPod touch is just 6.1mm thick and weighs only 88 grams. This makes it the thinnest and lightest iPod touch yet.
  • The fifth-generation iPod touch is getting a processor upgrade, unlike its predecessor. It does not get the A6 though, but the iPhone 4S' A5.
  • The iPod touch 5G will also have access to Siri
  • Battery improvements will give users up to 40 hours of use when listening to music.
  • The rear-facing iSight camera has been upgraded to 5-megapixels with an LED flash, backside illumination, and more.
  • The front-facing FaceTime camera - as with the iPhone 5 - now records 720p video.
  • There a long-requested chassis loop added to the iPod touch 5G, too, which can be used for lanyards (and in a somewhat snarky manner, Apple is calling it the Loop).
  • Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n, and support for AirPlay mirroring are all supported.
  • The new iPod touch comes in five colors (pink, yellow, blue, white, silver, black, and slate). The Loop will be color-matched to the device.
The new iPod touch will be available sometime in October (we're guessing its release timing will match the iPad mini) in 32GB and 64GB options for $299 and $399, respectively. Pre-orders begin on September 14th.

Last year's model will continue to be sold as a lower-cost entry. Just as with the iPod touch 5G, the continuing 4G model will ship with iOS 6. It will come with 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $249.

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