It may not be the highlight of Apple’s big event yesterday but the company have reinvigorated their line of personal media players again with the 5th generation iPod Touch and 7th generation iPod Nano.
The new iPod Touch follows in the wake of the newly revealed iPhone 5 (that I won’t be getting). While it never took the gorilla-glass approach of the last two iPhones, it has shed its metallic back plate for one similar in style to the newest handset; a matte aluminium finish that probably feels great to lightly grind against another.
Weighing in at a mere 88gm, the new iPod Touch is packing the same 4-inch retina display as the recent iPhones with the same A5 processor found in the iPhone 4S last year – an upgrade over the A4 processor, but not quite the A5X or A6 chip found in this year’s Apple products. The camera has also seen a hefty upgrade as its bumped up to a 5 megapixel snapper with the same sapphire lens cover introduced with Apple’s new flagship handset along with backside immination and 1080p video recording – though nothing has been heard surrounding the device’s front facing camera. Despite the meaty upgrade, the 5th generation iPod Touch will benefit from improved battery life for 40 hours of music playback, 150mpbs WiFi capabilites and a handy new FM radio tuner. Though Apple’s new “lightning” dock connector fuels its charge.
The newly improved iPod Nano is already raising alarms for it’s striking resemblance to Nokia’s Lumia handsets, but that’s not important right now. Running a custom version of iOS, the 7th Generation iPod Nano features the FM radio tuner, photo viewing and a whole lot of colour options.
The new iPod touch will come in 32GB and 64GB capacities, which will run $299 and $399, respectively. All come packaged with the new EarPod headphones. Pre-orders will begin this Friday, with the touch said to ship “in October”.