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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. cypherpunk's Avatar
      cypherpunk -
      Hm... they're claiming to have longer battery life than the iPhone 4, yet a much smaller case? How's that even possible?
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by cypherpunk View Post
      Hm... they're claiming to have longer battery life than the iPhone 4, yet a much smaller case? How's that even possible?
      iPhone has many more components.
    1. PhanaticD's Avatar
      PhanaticD -
      Quote Originally Posted by itouch8112 View Post
      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)
      i cant update my apps
    1. Aznjonathan23's Avatar
      Aznjonathan23 -
      Does the new ipod touch 4th generation have a mic? cause if it doesnt have a mic then people won't be able to record hd videos with audio unless using a mic headphone but that would be kinda ackward and weird

      But other then that, apple has really stepped up the new ipod touch =]
      too bad nano became worse in my opinion
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aznjonathan23 View Post
      Does the new ipod touch 4th generation have a mic? cause if it doesnt have a mic then people won't be able to record hd videos with audio unless using a mic headphone but that would be kinda ackward and weird

      But other then that, apple has really stepped up the new ipod touch =]
      too bad nano became worse in my opinion
      Well Facetime would be rather stupid without a mic so I'm going to assume it does.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      So do all models of the touch get the a4 chip. Just asking because normally the 8gb gets no love.
    1. goodgod2's Avatar
      goodgod2 -
      Hmm, lets see, if i sell my iphone 4 .... get an ipod touch 32gb, and use the rest of the money to get me a good android phone,
      this would be so sweet, best of both world.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      iPod touch got a huge make over. FaceTime for iPod touch is so cool. I wonder how FaceTime work on iPod touch, since it doesn't have a number to dial.
    1. shaquk's Avatar
      shaquk -
      I am thinking of getting this for my parents, so they can call me on my iphone 4 anytime with facetime for free. I have facetime over 3G on my iphone, but this will be only able to utilise wifi. My parents travel a lot, so my dad usually has his laptop with a 3G USB Modem. If we can now get an app via cydia/rock to use any existing 3G internet line to do facetime on the new iTouch, this is a no brainer for anybody. I might even sell my iphone and get that instead!!!

      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      iPod touch got a huge make over. FaceTime for iPod touch is so cool. I wonder how FaceTime work on iPod touch, since it doesn't have a number to dial.
      it utilises the email to identify your counterpart.
    1. newportgambler's Avatar
      newportgambler -
      i like the new touch. 64GB at 399 is a high but reasonable price. it does everything that the phone does minus the phone
    1. moneybanks14's Avatar
      moneybanks14 -
      looks like i will import one from the US considering it is £69 cheaper than in the UK. why are the still images 960×720. If the sensor can capture 1280×720.?
    1. miggyme's Avatar
      miggyme -
      Damn, this ipod touch is awesome. Will make a perfect addition to my apple stuff collection
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Hmm no update to the iPod classic, big surprise....
      That's good though I like it the way it is, sometimes I think Apple does a little overkill with everything.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      So do all models come with the A4 chip or is it only the 32Gb or higher?
    1. viksama's Avatar
      viksama -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aznjonathan23 View Post
      Does the new ipod touch 4th generation have a mic? cause if it doesnt have a mic then people won't be able to record hd videos with audio unless using a mic headphone but that would be kinda ackward and weird
      Yes, it has a mic. There's a pic in apple website which shows the mic right besides the back camera.
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluprint View Post
      At this point anyone who buys an iPhone are going be sorry that they didnt just get an itouch. The iPhone is too expensive in the long run and I would rather use my phone as a phone and not as a toy.
      I object, from my prospective view, the iPod Touch is a toy.

      I'd rather much have the iPhone 4 than the iPod Touch since I don't want to carry two separate devices when I can have only one device that does everything.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I am actually a little disappointed I bought an iPhone 4 now :/

      Quote Originally Posted by shaquk View Post
      I am thinking of getting this for my parents, so they can call me on my iphone 4 anytime with facetime for free. I have facetime over 3G on my iphone, but this will be only able to utilise wifi. My parents travel a lot, so my dad usually has his laptop with a 3G USB Modem. If we can now get an app via cydia/rock to use any existing 3G internet line to do facetime on the new iTouch, this is a no brainer for anybody. I might even sell my iphone and get that instead!!!
      I am holding out for the Skype app to enable facetime, then my parents won't even need to have an itouch since they can skype on their laptop instead

      Quote Originally Posted by Colorican View Post
      I'm going to wait until they have one of those back to school specials where I can get one free with a MacBook.
      You mean like a year from now? LOL
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Technically, u don't need an iPhone 4 better off with the new iPod touch wit FaceTime
    1. JLick's Avatar
      JLick -
      AWMAGAD!

      Whoever reads this, I feel sorry for you.

      I've abandoned every iRelated site since last weekend losing my touch at the go karts. I just realized it was not ModMyi's fault, but rather my carelessness when around chicks...

      But menz, I come back today to tell you all...E=MC^2 is mine and I'm getting that 32 (or 64 if I can sell my old 360 xD)

      I missed you ModMyi, and ty Steve for finally giving the people what they TRULY wanted...
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      so do all models of the touch get A4 chip?