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  • A4, Retina Display on New iPod touch


    Steve Jobs unveiled the new iPod touch on stage at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts today. The fourth-generation touch - which Jobs called an iPhone without the phone (and the contract) - boasts many of the same features of the fourth-generation iPhone: a Retina Display, front facing camera, rear camera with HD capability, 3-axis gyroscope, and A4 processor. The new device, however is even slimmer than the current model.

    The front facing camera on the touch will allow users to do FaceTime with other iPod touch and iPhone 4 users. With the rear-facing HD camera users can take video and edit it on the device, using iMovie which has until now only available for the iPhone 4. The fourth-generation iPod touch will also ship with iOS 4.1, including Game Center, Apple's social gaming platform.

    The specs of the Retina Display match those of the iPhone 4, which is an IPS LCD. Steve Jobs's slide called it an "LED" display, however, which was either a typo or a sign that Apple has moved to AMOLED technology. Given that the latter would be big news in itself, the likelihood is that it was a typo.

    The new iPod touch, which Jobs noted is now the most popular iPod in the lineup, are available for pre-order right now and will be shipping next week. Prices are $229 for 8GB, $299 for the 32GB version, and $399 for the 64GB model.

    SAN FRANCISCO—September 1, 2010—Apple® today announced the new iPod touch®, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s stunning Retina™ display, FaceTime® video calling, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 chip, 3-axis gyro, iOS 4.1 and Game Center—all combined in the thinnest and lightest iPod touch ever. The new iPod touch features up to 40 hours of music playback and seven hours of video playback on a single battery charge.*

    “We’ve put our most advanced technology inside the new iPod touch,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “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.”

    Apple’s stunning Retina display makes everything on iPod touch look even more incredible, whether playing games, watching video, browsing the web or flicking through photos. The Retina display has 960 x 640 pixels—four times as many pixels than before. The resulting 326 pixels per inch is so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when iPod touch is held at a normal distance, making text, images and video look sharper, smoother and more realistic.

    With the new front-facing camera and mic, iPod touch users can make FaceTime video calls over Wi-Fi. With just one tap of the new FaceTime app, iPod touch users can call other new iPod touch or iPhone® 4 users** to easily see what their friends are up to, share important moments like the first day of school and even show others what they are seeing by easily switching to the rear-facing camera.

    The rear-facing camera on iPod touch is perfect for HD video recording. Users can easily capture HD video wherever they are and share it via email, MobileMe™ and YouTube. With the iMovie® app, users can combine movie clips, add dynamic transitions and themes and include photos and music right on their iPod touch. Users can buy and download the app for just $4.99 through the App Store℠ right on their iPod touch.

    Apple’s A4 chip provides iPod touch users with exceptional processor and graphics performance along with long battery life. This remarkably fast and power-efficient chip, along with the Retina display and 3-axis gyro, makes games on iPod touch the best they’ve ever been on any mobile device.

    iPod touch is the world’s most popular portable game player. Now with Game Center, iPod touch users can 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.

    Music and entertainment lovers can now easily access iTunes® Ping directly from their new iPod touch. iTunes Ping lets you follow your favorite artists and friends to discover the music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading. iPod touch users also have the entire iTunes Store® at their fingertips, giving them instant access to the world’s largest catalog of music, TV shows and movies.

    The new iPod touch comes with iOS 4.1, the newest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iOS 4.1 enables new features like FaceTime video calling, multitasking, folders and Game Center.

    iPod is the world’s most popular family of digital music players with over a quarter billion sold. Apple’s new holiday lineup includes a brand new iPod shuffle® for just $49; the amazing new iPod nano® with Multi-Touch™ starting at just $149; the incredible new iPod touch with Retina display, Apple’s A4 chip, FaceTime, HD video recording and Game Center starting at just $229; and the iPod classic® in a 160GB model for $249.

    Pricing & Availability
    The new iPod touch will be available next week for a suggested price of $229 (US) for the 8GB model, $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. iPod touch requires a Mac® with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS® X v10.5.8 or later and iTunes 10 or later; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 3) or later and iTunes 10 or later. Existing second and third generation iPod touch users can update to iOS 4.1 free of charge on September 8 to enjoy new features including Game Center.

    *Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by use and settings. See www.apple.com/batteries for more information.

    **iOS 4.1 required.

    Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: A4, Retina Display on New iPod touch started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 72 Comments
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      preordering a 64 gig for sure
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      you need to watch it on an apple device or safari.

      Anyways anyone else thinks Steve Jobs doesn't control anything anymore and that he's just there for an image? I mean I get it that he's had health problems but he is still really thin. In the society we will today being thin like a skeleton is better than having 20 more pounds. Maybe Apple deliberately want steve jobs to be super thin. Look at pictures of him in 2007, i mean it's crazy.
      Off topic but have you ever had a kidney transplant? You have no idea what he is going through.

      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dominicsky View Post
      DOHHH ofcourse is Steve talking about the backlightning, when he talks about a LED screen...LED=a light...are you ppl dumb or what LoL

      no bad feelings..but..thats just so logic...
      you're the dumb one. LED= Light Emitting Diode

      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      you need to watch it on an apple device or safari.

      Anyways anyone else thinks Steve Jobs doesn't control anything anymore and that he's just there for an image? I mean I get it that he's had health problems but he is still really thin. In the society we will today being thin like a skeleton is better than having 20 more pounds. Maybe Apple deliberately want steve jobs to be super thin. Look at pictures of him in 2007, i mean it's crazy.
      i guess you don't know what your body goes through after an organ transplant. you have to take drugs for the rest of your life so your body won't reject the organ because it knows that it's foreign.
    1. tecpunk64's Avatar
      tecpunk64 -
      even though i will own an iphone4 in a couple of weeks,i'm still going to get the new 8gig ipod touch-my iphone4 will strictly be used as an iphone with some music/games on it-the ipod touch will be my entertainment device
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Want one. But have a iPhone 4 so I don't really.
    1. moneybanks14's Avatar
      moneybanks14 -
      had a first gen ipod touch since launch day and was going to update to a 3rd gen 4 months ago but glad i waited i will be buying the 64gb as soon as available.

      This has just completely convinced me not to bother with an iphone 4 now, i have a sony ericsson that does the job of calling and texting and the new ipod touch 4g will do everything else and save me a huge chunk of cash. Spot on.
    1. itouch8112's Avatar
      itouch8112 -
      i need to know something.
      Does anybody who has and uses an iPod Touch (any Generation); Are u having issues using the iTunes Store on the iPod Touch? (Doesn't concern iPhone Users)
    1. tecpunk64's Avatar
      tecpunk64 -
      Quote Originally Posted by julioa350 View Post
      I kind of liked all the new iPods except the nano. It just seems far too fragile, am I the only one who thinks so?
      with my clumsy self,i could see me dropping it-that's why i'm getting the 8gig ipod touch instead
    1. endwaro's Avatar
      endwaro -
      Thank you Steve jobs!!!!! Now I'm going to get this no matter what!!!!!!! I wanted an iPod touch with camera and here it is screw my iPhone 3G!!!!!
      iPad 32GB wifi only+iPod touch 4 generation 32 GB
      Retina display is like a visual orgasm
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Nice to see the camera, but a year to late
      How can you use facetime without a phone?
    1. MkUltra's Avatar
      MkUltra -
      well all I know is that since i got my iPhone 4, my old ipod touch is just collecting dust, any ideas what I can do with it? use it for what?
    1. star201z's Avatar
      star201z -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Nice to see the camera, but a year to late
      How can you use facetime without a phone?
      Whether we can or cannot use FaceTime is just a software requirement. We can both rely one Job or Modmyi.
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      One of, if not the most feature I use on my iPhone 4 is gps... So many apps require this, and I couldn't live without it.

      So for all u people who say screw the iPhone 4, get a crappy phone and a new touch....u would really be missing out on all the gps, location data features.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      No upgrade in storage size = No upgrade for me.
    1. eclectic taste's Avatar
      eclectic taste -
      So is the 3rd generation iPod discontinued? I was hoping to get one for my daughter's birthday, looking forward to price reductions on older models.
    1. Colorican's Avatar
      Colorican -
      I'm going to wait until they have one of those back to school specials where I can get one free with a MacBook.
    1. o3okevin's Avatar
      o3okevin -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Nice to see the camera, but a year to late
      How can you use facetime without a phone?
      FaceTime works on WiFi.
    1. BoxedBeverages's Avatar
      BoxedBeverages -
      LED backlighting.
      The Retina display includes LED backlighting and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen for the best viewing and battery life possible. So you can focus on more important things. Like destroying aliens.

      The LED refers to the backlight on the screen
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by o3okevin View Post
      FaceTime works on WiFi.
      Ya but I mean how would you call someone? An iPod touch doesn't have a phone number to call
    1. Skermefaten3's Avatar
      Skermefaten3 -
      ^There's a FaceTime app they said. Obviously it will allow you to connect with friends by using some sort of system (usernames and friend lists?). And you have to be connected on to WiFi to receive the "call". This is where Backgrounder or Insomnia come in handy because then you will always be on WiFi when it's around.

      Speaking of which, if you were around WiFi a lot and had it kept on all the time with Insomnia, you could use Google Talk for phone calling and FaceTime for video chat. So it is like an iPhone.

      By the way, is the camera only for video?