Apple unveils new iPod touch with Retina Display, forward-facing camera

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 2014
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.







"We?ve put our most advanced technology inside the new iPod touch," Jobs said in a press release. ?Whether you?re 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 world?s 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. That?s because it?s 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 can?t 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, you?ll always have a great HD video camera with you. Say you?re at a party and you see someone popping and locking. You?re 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. It?s available on the App Store for $4.99.



Game Center: It?s 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 don?t 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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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 110
    Awesome, the base model gets all the goodies. I was expecting it to just be a rebadged previous-gen.
  • Reply 2 of 110
    So, the iPod Classic is officially (and quietly, unceremoniously) gone?\
  • Reply 3 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    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*
  • Reply 4 of 110
    I'd better buy a spare before they're all gone.
  • Reply 5 of 110
    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?
  • Reply 6 of 110
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


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



    ... and with it the (long tired) 'click wheel' - Good Bye and Good Riddance!
  • Reply 7 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Digital_Guy View Post


    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.
  • Reply 8 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Digital_Guy View Post


    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.
  • Reply 9 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post


    ... 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
  • Reply 10 of 110
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Digital_Guy View Post


    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.
  • Reply 11 of 110
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stephenbw View Post


    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
  • Reply 12 of 110
    Once again no GPS in the iPod Touch? Guess I wait another year.
  • Reply 13 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post


    Might I kindly suggest looking at a refurb





    Good idea, I'll take a look when the UK store is back up; thanks
  • Reply 14 of 110
    chris_cachris_ca Posts: 2,543member
    Quote:
    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.
  • Reply 15 of 110
    daharderdaharder Posts: 1,580member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stephenbw View Post


    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.
  • Reply 16 of 110
    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.
  • Reply 17 of 110
    But does the new iPod touch able to take still photos? Is there a flash?
  • Reply 18 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ortal View Post


    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.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tyler82 View Post


    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.
  • Reply 19 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tyler82 View Post


    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)?
  • Reply 20 of 110
    sheffsheff Posts: 1,407member
    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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