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Apple's new iPod touch has the same Retina Display, front facing camera, rear HD camera, and A4 processor as the iPhone 4, all in a size slimmer than last year's media player.

The new iPod touch, along with the rest of the new iPod lineup, will be available next week. All three models of the new iPod touch have the new features, starting at $229 for the 8GB model, $299 for the 32GB version, and $399 for 64GB of capacity.

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said the new iPod touch can run the same iMovie application that was previously only available for the iPhone 4. Using the rear-facing HD camera, users can shoot video and edit it right on the device.

The new iPod touch also has a forward-facing camera and a microphone, which allow users to do FaceTime with other iPod touch users, as well as iPhone 4 owners.

The fourth-generation iPod touch will also ship with iOS 4.1, which includes Game Center, Apple's social networking application for game players. It also has the three-axis gyroscope, which allows for more precise controls in games.



"Weve put our most advanced technology inside the new iPod touch," Jobs said in a press release. Whether youre listening to music, playing games, making FaceTime video calls, browsing the web, capturing HD video or watching TV shows and movies, the new iPod touch with its Retina display, A4 chip and 3-axis gyro is more fun than ever."

Jobs said he believes that the new lineup of iPods is the strongest that Apple has ever had.



Apple boasted that the iPod touch is the worlds most popular portable game player. The addition of Game Center will allow players to challenge and play friends or be matched automatically with new opponents.



Game Center lets iPod touch users showcase their scores and achievements and discover new games their friends are playing. With the App Store on iPod touch, users have access to the world's largest catalog of apps with over 250,000 apps, including over 65,000 game and entertainment titles to choose from.

Features

Facetime: FaceTime on iPod touch lets you hang out, catch up, and goof off with friends in an entirely new way. With just a tap, you can see what your friends are up to literally. Witness a prank in action. Or watch your friend on the other side of the country crack up at your stories from last night new iPod touch to new iPod touch or iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi. And all you need to get started is an Apple ID and an email account.

Retina Display: The Retina display on iPod touch brings out the awesome in anything on it. Thats because its the highest-resolution iPod screen ever, with four times the pixel count of previous iPod models. In fact, there are so many pixels, the human eye cant distinguish individual ones. Which makes graphics and images stunningly sharp, and text amazingly crisp. Just like the printed page.

HD Video Recording and Editing: You should have seen it! is a thing of the past. Because with iPod touch, youll always have a great HD video camera with you. Say youre at a party and you see someone popping and locking. Youre ready to capture the moment in all its glory. In high-definition 720p video. You can record video in low-light settings, thanks to the advanced backside illumination sensor. You can even edit and create your own mini blockbuster right on iPod touch using the new iMovie app with Apple-designed themes, titles, and transitions. Its available on the App Store for $4.99.

Game Center: Its time to make a game plan. The new Game Center app on iPod touch lets you add more players to your gaming network. Invite friends to join. Then totally dominate them. Take a look at how your score ranks against your friends and other players of each game. Compare game achievements with your friends. Put together a select group of friends to play with. Or choose to automatically go up against people you dont know in a multiplayer game. So get in the game. And get your friends in it, too.

Music: With iPod touch, you don't just play your music. You hear it, and see it, in entirely different ways. Let Genius search your library and automatically create a mix just for you. Or give Genius playlist a go, and Genius will use a song you really love to find other tracks from your library that go great with it. You can also view album art in Cover Flow. Or shake to shuffle for a fresh take on your music library.

Movies and TV Shows: Your favorite movies and TV shows are now playing on a subway train or plane near you. Because you can buy movies and TV shows, or just rent them, right on iPod touch. Shop the iTunes Store and choose from thousands of must-see titles to fill your iPod touch. Then watch them on the amazing 3.5-inch color widescreen Retina display.

Technical specifications

Size and weight:
Height: 4.4 inches (111.0 mm)
Width: 2.3 inches (58.9 mm)
Depth: 0.28 inch (7.2 mm)
Weight: 3.56 ounces (101 grams)
Capacity:
8GB, 32GB or 64GB flash drive
Wireless:
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only)
Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
Maps-location based service4
Nike + iPod support built in
In the box
iPod touch
Earphones
Dock Connector to USB Cable
Quick Start guide
Environmental Status Report
Arsenic-free display glass
Brominated flame retardant-free
Mercury-free LCD display
PVC-free
Recyclable stainless steel enclosure
Smaller, more compact packaging (17% smaller, 16% lighter)
Display
3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen
Multi-Touch display
960-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch
Audio
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
User-configurable maximum volume limit
Headphones
Earphones
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Impedance: 32 ohms
TV and video
H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable (cables sold separately)
Cameras, photos, and video
Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still photos (960 x 720) with back camera
VGA-quality photos and video up to 30 frames per second with the front camera
Tap to control exposure for video or stills
Photo and video geo tagging over Wi-Fi
Input and output
30-pin dock connector
3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
Built-in speaker
Microphone
External buttons and controls
Sleep/wake
Volume up/down
Home
Sensors
Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Battery and power
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Playback time
Music playback time: Up to 40 hours when fully charged
Video playback time: Up to 7 hours when fully charged
Charging times: Fast charge in about 2 hours (80% capacity), full charge in about 4 hours.
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Awesome, the base model gets all the goodies. I was expecting it to just be a rebadged previous-gen.
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So, the iPod Classic is officially (and quietly, unceremoniously) gone?\
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So, the iPod Classic is officially (and quietly, unceremoniously) gone?\

GONE. Bye bye. Ah, how it served us for about a decade. *12 gun salute*
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I'd better buy a spare before they're all gone.
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What happened to the live transmission? Broadcast stopped at 1:30 p.m. EST, they have been airing some pre-announcement setup feed? It's 1:46 p.m. EST now, I have been watching this setup feed for over 15 minutes. The transmission stopped just as Jobs was explaining how thin the new iPod Touch is. Anyone else having the same problem? What happened?
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So, the iPod Classic is officially (and quietly, unceremoniously) gone?\

... and with it the (long tired) 'click wheel' - Good Bye and Good Riddance!
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What happened to the live transmission? Broadcast stopped at 1:30 p.m. EST, they have been airing some pre-announcement setup feed? It's 1:46 p.m. EST now, I have been watching this setup feed for over 15 minutes. The transmission stopped just as Jobs was explaining how thin the new iPod Touch is. Anyone else having the same problem? What happened?

I'm still watching the feed. Go back to the original page, refresh, click on the video to restart the video.
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What happened to the live transmission? Broadcast stopped at 1:30 p.m. EST, they have been airing some pre-announcement setup feed? It's 1:46 p.m. EST now, I have been watching this setup feed for over 15 minutes. The transmission stopped just as Jobs was explaining how thin the new iPod Touch is. Anyone else having the same problem? What happened?

Happened to me too. Went back to Apple.com and it picked up live again.
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... and with it the (long tired) 'click wheel' - Good Bye and Good Riddance!

Nobody was forcing you to buy one.

I need the capacity of the Classic and have no problem with the click wheel
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What happened to the live transmission? Broadcast stopped at 1:30 p.m. EST, they have been airing some pre-announcement setup feed? It's 1:46 p.m. EST now, I have been watching this setup feed for over 15 minutes. The transmission stopped just as Jobs was explaining how thin the new iPod Touch is. Anyone else having the same problem? What happened?

It's still going strong here on the West Coast/Las Vegas, and he's now discussing PING (PING/BING - oh the irony), which appears to be Apple's way of playing catch-up to the long established social networking features of the MS ZUME Marketplace.
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Nobody was forcing you to buy one.

I need the capacity of the Classic and have no problem with the click wheel

Might I kindly suggest looking at a refurb
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Once again no GPS in the iPod Touch? Guess I wait another year.
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Might I kindly suggest looking at a refurb


Good idea, I'll take a look when the UK store is back up; thanks
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

So, the iPod Classic is officially (and quietly, unceremoniously) gone?\

Is it?
I didn't watch but just because it wasn't updated doesn't mean it's no longer available.
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Good idea, I'll take a look when the UK store is back up; thanks

If you can't find one, I have one (new in the box) just sitting around I might part with at a fair price.
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Itll be nice for more people to have access to facetime... its really an awesome thing for those with families around the country, now it will open it up to those without ATT.
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But does the new iPod touch able to take still photos? Is there a flash?
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Itll be nice for more people to have access to facetime... its really an awesome thing for those with families around the country, now it will open it up to those without ATT.

hopefully it will work with Skype...more of my family uses Skype rather than face time.

And still no GPS...come on.

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But does the new iPod touch able to take still photos? Is there a flash?

If that's true, let's hope somebody writes a app to take advantage of it.
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But does the new iPod touch able to take still photos? Is there a flash?

Yeah... Main questions atm:
* How's the camera? Since Steve didn't brag about it, I assume it's not as good as the iPhone 4 camera.
* How much RAM?
* LED flash (aka flashlight)?
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I love the new Touch. A definate buy. Just one question - will it take stills? If so I am gonna be uber happy.
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# Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still photos (960 x 720) with back camera
# VGA-quality photos and video up to 30 frames per second with the front camera
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# Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still photos (960 x 720) with back camera
# VGA-quality photos and video up to 30 frames per second with the front camera

Let me get this straight... It does 1280x720 at 30 fps but can't even take a photo at that resolution!??!
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So, the iPod Classic is officially (and quietly, unceremoniously) gone?\

Nah, looks like they kept it as is.
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So, not as good as the iPhone camera. Hopefully it at least takes sharp photos.
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It's still going strong here on the West Coast/Las Vegas, and he's now discussing PING (PING/BING - oh the irony), which appears to be Apple's way of playing catch-up to the long established social networking features of the MS ZUME Marketplace.

Yeah. I remember squirting songs to my friends all the time with my Zune. Till I realized nobody had one. 160 million iTunes accounts. 15 Zune owners. How is that catch-up?
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Good idea, I'll take a look when the UK store is back up; thanks

Update: The iPod Classic is still alive an well (at least for another generation), with zero changes.
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Yeah. I remember squirting songs to my friends all the time with my Zune. Till I realized nobody had one. 160 million iTunes accounts. 15 Zune owners. How is that catch-up?

Technologically... It's definitely playing 'catch up'.
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So, the iPod Classic is officially (and quietly, unceremoniously) gone?\

No, it's still on the Apple web site for $249.00 for 160 GB's
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And still no GPS...come on.

If you want GPS, then buy an iPhone. I'm frankly surprised they are coming this close to the iPhone with these latest models. The only thing separating them now is the GPS and a cell phone chip.
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

So, the iPod Classic is officially (and quietly, unceremoniously) gone?\

Nope, still listed on the apple website. Just no update.
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Once again no GPS in the iPod Touch? Guess I wait another year.

is the deal breaker for me. Would like to get a couple so my wife and I can face time each other, but Trader Joe's doesn't have WiFi, so far as I know.

And 64 gig max is another deal breaker - not nearly enough for very much video storage. (I am a TED freak.)

Oh well, I can still get a 160 gig Classic for $223 from Amazon (and not have to pay shipping or the confiscatory 8% CA sales tax).
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So, not as good as the iPhone camera. Hopefully it at least takes sharp photos.

No, it is to thin. The iPhone 4 camera takes up a bit of space depth wise.
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# Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still photos (960 x 720) with back camera
# VGA-quality photos and video up to 30 frames per second with the front camera

This really sucks. That means it takes 0.7 MP pictures in back...
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I can't really find anything to knock. These are a fantastic upgrade to the Touch line. I just ordered one for my son for his birthday. He's going to be one seriously happy guy (and he'll stop asking to use my iPhone so I win too...).
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If you want GPS, then buy an iPhone. I'm frankly surprised they are coming this close to the iPhone with these latest models. The only thing separating them now is the GPS and a cell phone chip.

And a slight difference in weight and thickness.

 

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I can't really find anything to knock. These are a fantastic upgrade to the Touch line. I just ordered one for my son for his birthday. He's going to be one seriously happy guy (and he'll stop asking to use my iPhone so I win too...).

Definitely nothing to sneeze at. I guess there will always be complainers. No 5mp camera, GPS, 3G... Come on people. This is the biggest change the iPod Touch has seen in years.

Edit: Plus they added HDR to probably help out the iPod Touch camera, a bit.
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Definitely nothing to sneeze at. I guess there will always be complainers. No 5mp camera, GPS, 3G... Come on people. This is the biggest change the iPod Touch has seen in years.

The only two "gripes" here are at least a 2MP camera in back, and a new backing (material). Everything else is awesome. I just don't take HD video as much as I would take pics. Even 1280x800 photos would be better than 960 x 720.
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Steve said "all new designs for every model". Is the classic not considered an iPod?
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post #40 of 111
Can someone confirm this? I looked all over the apple site and it would appear that the new iPod Nano has lost its video playing AND TAKING capabilities. Seems like a step backward since it was the first iPod to be able to take video!
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