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September 12, 2012

The fifth-generation iPod touch and seventh-generation iPod nano unveiled by Apple

The fifth-generation iPod touch and seventh-generation iPod nano unveiled by Apple

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The announcement of the iPhone 5 might have been the focus of attention in Cupertino this morning, but Apple has also shown some love to the line that set it on the path to becoming the most valuable company in history – the iPod. Like the iPhone 5, the new iPod touch boasts a slimmed-down profile and 4-inch Retina display, while the new iPod nano sports a new form factor with a 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display.

iPod touch

The new fifth-generation iPod touch shares a lot in common with the new iPhone 5. There’s the same 4-inch 16:9 display packing 1136 x 640 pixels, a front-facing FaceTime HD camera capable of shooting 1.2 MP stills and 720 p video at up to 30 fps, and the inclusion of Apple’s homegrown Maps app. It also features the new Lightning connector that means that physically connecting the new iPod touch to an existing dock will require the additional purchase of a Lightning-to-30-pin adapter.

However, the touch’s 5 MP iSight camera, which can capture 1080p video at up to 30 fps, is a step down from the iPhone 5’s 8 MP offering. The device itself is also smaller and lighter, measuring 4.86 x 2.31 x 0.24 inches (123.4 x 58.6 x 6.1 mm) and weighing 3.1 oz (88 g). Powered by Apple’s A5 chip, the iPod touch now boasts Siri support and will come running iOS6. The device’s battery should provide up to 40 hours of music playback or up to eight hours of video playback. It is available in 32 GB and 64 GB capacities and for the first time will be offered in a choice of five colors.

iPod nano

The seventh-generation iPod nano ushers in yet another new form factor for the device. It now features a 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display – the biggest yet for a nano – along with a home button, and is the thinnest iPod ever, measuring 0.21 in (5.4 mm) thick. In keeping with the iPhone 5 and new iPod touch, the nano’s display is in 16:9 aspect ratio, but at 240 x 432 pixel resolution and 202 ppi.

The new nano also sports Apple’s new Lightning connector, but adds Bluetooth connectivity. The FM radio remains, as does a pedometer and support for Nike+. Apple claims the new unit offers the longest music playback of any nano, clocking up 30 hours on a full charge. Ever the fashion accessory, the new nano will be offered in a choice of seven new colors that can be matched to wallpapers. The new nano will be available with 16 GB of storage.

Both the new iPod touch and iPod nano will also come with new Apple EarPods that Apple will no doubt hope addresses one of the biggest criticisms of its iPod line. Apple say the new EarPods up the acoustic quality and are more durable and comfortable.

Pricing and availability

The iPod touch will be released in October priced at US$299 for the 32 GB model and $399 for the 64 GB model, while the new iPod nano, also available in October, will retail at $149.

Source: Apple

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag. All articles by Darren Quick

It's a nice upgrade but is it worth the human toll at Foxconn in China where they manufacture it?

The Hoff

WOW, the new ipods looks a lot like Nokia Lumia's....

Ross Mcewen-Page

I'm always interested to see what Apple's new offerings are. I always find myself buying an alternative. Something about Apple just never sits right with me. I feel once you start buying their products you get sucked into their Apple "bio-sphere". I get they make a good product and they work seemlessly together. But always paying a premium when there are many good or sometimes better alternatives for cheaper? 16GB storage for a Nano? That is so 2009. More power to the "I" consumers - they seem to be happy with their purchases, at least until the new models arrive.......

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