Wow! Apple certainly pulled out all the stops with the new iPod touch. Not only does it have the new Retina display (just like its big brother the iPhone 4) but it comes with FaceTime too and HD Video recording. So now you can video chat over Wi-Fi, you just need to enter your Apple ID and an email address. Apple promises that the whole thing will work out of the box after this initial step and that it will work in both landscape and portrait.
The Retina display comes in at 326 pixels per inch so it certainly should every bit as cool as the iPhone 4’s display. With LED backlighting and an ambient light sensor Apple promises the best combination of optimal viewing and battery life.
HD Video recording uses a backside illumination sensor (like many digital cameras) which is supposed to deliver great quality video in both bright conditions and low-light situations.
With it’s built-in editing features or the iMovie App you can be your own film mogul. Certainly, the quality of some of the HD videos from the iPhone 4 that are doing the rounds bode well for the future of amateur film-making on the move. You can even film something and send it directly to YouTube, Facebook or Flickr.
Another of the major features of the new iPod touch is the Game Center. This allows you to play with friends and others. You can invite other players to the party and they can be anywhere in the world. The Game Center is an App and it introduces social gaming to the platform in a big way. The original iPod touch really stimulated gaming for Apple (much more than the desktop ever did) and it looks like social gaming via the Game Centre will drive it even further. With features such as leaderboards, achievements and auto-match expect to see massive growth in this area over the coming months and years.
Size and weight
- Height: 111.0 mm (4.4 inches)
- Width: 58.9 mm (2.3 inches)
- Depth: 7.2 mm (0.28 inches)
- Weight: 101 grams (3.56 ounces)
- 8GB, 32GB or 64GB flash drive
- 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz only)
- Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
- Maps location-based service
- Nike + iPod support built in
- 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen
- 960×640-pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch
- 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
Cameras, photos and video
- Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still photos (960×720) 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 mini-jack
- Built-in speaker
UK Pricing: 8GB £189, 32GB £249, 64GB £329 inc VAT.
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