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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. JLick's Avatar
      JLick -
      Ye all models are same

      Look on website...says 8g, 32g & 64 can handle the multitasking and such. So I'm pretty sure they are all the same...FINALLY!
    1. jesstaticx's Avatar
      jesstaticx -
      When will be the jailbreak available for this one?
    1. tommy202's Avatar
      tommy202 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
      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.

      No need to carry two device around when u can have one. The Apple Peel 520 case is shipping as we speak.But i must stress only for older Ipods. Keep ur eyes peeled folks wee may soon be seeing Apple Peel for the 4G version in the very near future

      Have a closer look here - Apple Peel 520 Review (with video) M.I.C gadget


      Available from here www.ownta.com

      And also Ebay http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/IPOD-TOUCH-APPLE-PEEL-520-IPNONE-
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Is Apple offering a student discount on the ipod touch?
    1. Tamkis's Avatar
      Tamkis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluprint View Post
      At this point anyone who buys an iPhone are going [to] 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 agree. iphones are way too expen$ive for buying the hardware itself, though the one-time co$t of buying the hardware is worth it if you unlock to a cheap carreir . A W370 Motorola Tracfone & iPT4 FTW! Can't wait for iPT4 to be JBd
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      If there were another phone out there that could catch my interest I would ditch the iPhone and get the iPod touch. I just can't seem to find one. The wifi only kills it for me. Make the iPod touch available with a 3G connection and I am in.
    1. Tamkis's Avatar
      Tamkis -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      If there were another phone out there that could catch my interest I would ditch the iPhone and get the iPod touch. I just can't seem to find one. The wifi only kills it for me. Make the iPod touch available with a 3G connection and I am in.

      That would be awesome, but don't expect to ever see that happen in a future Gen :P. iPT+3G=iPH, basically. But I understand what you mean, you want to have wirless internet for everything except the expensive phone feature$ and bill. There have been some 3rd party prototype iPT cases that enable a 3G connection via the iPT 25-pin slot for a specific carrier (see the news from the last month or two).

      But still, if that would work or would be mass-produced, you'd still be paying for the 3G. Not only that, but Apple would totally find a way to prevent the use of it, for sure, like with what they have done with 3rd-party AV cables. Though, if the case would work with EDGE/Grip, one could use that free EDGE/GRIP. I don't remember what the APN was, but I saw it here in the forums in an article; search "free edge".

      If iPTs had free wireless internet, that would be absolute pwnage!
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      If there were another phone out there that could catch my interest I would ditch the iPhone and get the iPod touch. I just can't seem to find one. The wifi only kills it for me. Make the iPod touch available with a 3G connection and I am in.
      Yes, that would be great. But apple is unlikely to ever do that. If they did give it data capability then no one would ever have a reason for buying the iPhone.

      Anyways..... I personally like the design and idea of the new iPod Nano, however it is lacking some features that I was very much expecting. It is lacking: a camera, mic, and speaker. I was hoping that in the new iPod Nano they would not only keep the video camera but give it the ability to take pictures as well. I was also very disappointed when I learned that the iPod Nano (5th Gen) I bought for my mom could only take videos. And I don't believe this new Nano has a speaker like the last one as well (please correct me if I am wrong)

      The Shuffle is not a huge leap but it is a very good one.

      And I love the new iPod Touch. I'm buying a 32 GB asap
    1. moneybanks14's Avatar
      moneybanks14 -
      Heard the ipod touch 4g has a vibrate alert, that's a pretty cool addition. Not sure how it got missed at the conference though.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      ^ I think you might be mistaken
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Quote Originally Posted by moneybanks14 View Post
      Heard the ipod touch 4g has a vibrate alert, that's a pretty cool addition. Not sure how it got missed at the conference though.
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      ^ I think you might be mistaken
      I would like to make this clear that the iPod Touch DOES have vibrating alerts. It hints that on the "accessibility" feature on apple's iPod Touch page. It specifically says:

      "If somebody wants to start a video call with you, you’ll receive an invitation — along with a vibrating alert — on your iPod touch asking you to join. Simply tap Accept, and the video call begins."

      Apple - iPod touch - Accessibility

      It is under the FaceTime section of the accessibility page. I too am very surprised it was not mentioned at the apple conference as it is a VERY big addition in my opinion.

      There is a teardown of the device showing the vibration motor here:
      New iPod Touch Adds Vibration - Mac Rumors
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      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)
      Sometimes when i listen to music samples the timer or whatever gets bugged