iPod Touch: What’s New?

ipod touch side

The iPod touch has also been updated. This is probably one of the best updates the device has seen in at least two or three years. It’s redesigned, and now has a decent camera.

1) New Colors

The iPod touch now comes in five colors. Previously, it was black or white. Now you can get black (looks kind of graphite from the back), aluminum, blue, yellow and red.

2) Updated Camera

The camera has been updated. It has the following features:

  • 5-megapixel iSight camera
  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus video or still images
  • Backside illumination
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Five-element lens
  • LED flash
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Face detection
  • Panorama
  • HDR
  • HD video recording (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
  • FaceTime HD camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second
  • Video stabilization
  • Tap to control exposure for video or stills
  • Photo and video geotagging over Wi-Fi
It also takes panoramic shots.

3) iPhone 5-like screen

Like the iPhone 5, the iPod touch has a 4-inch screen. It’s 1136-by-640-pixels at 326ppi. It’s great for widescreen viewing, and remains the width of previous iOS devices, meaning your thumb can easily reach across.

4) A5 Chip

The iPod touch is also equipped with the A5 chip. This is what’s in the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2. This is a chip generation behind the A6 chip found in the iPhone 5. Keep in mind that the current iPad has a chip called the A5X, which seems to be specially designed for the tablet’s larger display.

 

5) Siri

Siri is finally available for the iPod touch. She does much of what she did before and then some. Most of what’s new is in her sports knowledge, and some other minor updates such as being able to show you movie listings.

 

6) Loop

Loop isn’t some huge, standout feature. Rather, it’s a nice tweak to the iPod touch. It’s a strap that goes on a notch/button looking thing in the corner of the iPod touch. The notch itself is unobtrusive, but can be used to latch the strap on to your iPod touch. This is ideal for those who carry it around a lot or who want to use it as a camera. The good news it that the iPod touch camera is finally good enough to be used as a nice point and shoot.

 

When is it Available?

The iPod touch starts at $299 for the 32GB model. Preorders start on September 14, and it ships on the 21st. The 64GB model goes for $399.

 

 

[via Apple]

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