Alongside the iPhone 5 being unveiled and the iPod nano getting a major redesign, the iPod touch also got a makeover.
The popular personal media player has also made the leap to a 4-inch display just like the iPhone 5, and at the same time has slimmed right down. The new touch is a mere 6.1mm thick and counts as the lightest iPod touch ever developed weighing in at just 88 grams.
Inside you will find an A5 chip, so it isn’t on a par with the performance of the new iPhone, but you’re still getting a proven dual-core processor that pushed the iPhone 4S along at a speedy pace.
You’ll also be glad to hear Apple has decided to include an iSight camera on the back along with LED flash. It’s a cut down version of the iPhone camera, rated at 5MP and capable of recording 720p video. It includes all of the other features of the iPhone iSight including autofocus, backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, face detection Panorama mode, and FaceTime. Apple also stated that iPhoto now works on the new iPod touch.
Wireless compatibility includes both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands for 802.11n and you can use AirPlay mirroring, too. Siri is also a standard feature now, and Apple has introduced 5 color choices for the casing.
Even though there’s a larger display, faster wireless, and a HD camera on board, the battery life is still excellent. You’ll get 40 hours of music playback or 8 hours of video on a full battery. Recharging gets the battery to 80% in 2 hours.
Overall an impressive update, but Apple had a surprise up its sleeve in the form of a brand new feature. On the back of the iPod touch in the lower left corner is a little circle. This is called the touch loop and can be pushed to allow you to connect a bracelet so as to keep the device safely attached while you play a game, watch a video, or listen to music.
This new 5th generation iPod touch will be available in 32GB and 64GB configurations for $299 and $399 respectively. The 4th generation touches will remain on sales at $199 and $249 for 16GB and 32GB models. You can expect to pick up the new iPod touch in October.