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09-12-2012, 10:54 PM #1
A Closer Look at the iPod Touch 5G
The iPhone 5 took to the stage today as one of Apple’s favorite releases of the day, but the iPod touch also received a much-needed refresh as well. After what seems like forever, the iPod touch now has the dual core A5 chip and a better 5 megapixel camera with LED flash that blows the iPod touch 4G’s 1 megapixel camera out of the water. The iPod touch 5G even brings the iPhone 5’s four-inch retina display to the lineup and includes Apple’s new EarPod ear buds and 8-pin dock connector.
The iPod touch 5G finally brings Siri, Apple’s voice assistant software, to the iPod touch platform. For ages, it has been limited to the iPhone 4S and iOS 6 brought it to the new iPad. Jailbreak tweaks have brought it to older devices, but that just didn’t work out after iOS 5’s latest update.
For the first time, the iPod touch is coming in a variety of colors that match the rest of the iPod lineup. The color choices give users a wide variety to choose from and allow life to be less ‘black and white.’ The iPod touch 5G also includes a new ‘loop’ for going around your wrist for helping you keep it from dropping. The loop attaches to the rear of the iPod with a metallic peg and it matches the color of the iPod touch.
With all these great new things, it leaves us wondering – okay, well what are are the downsides of the iPod touch 5G? It’s difficult to point them out on a device with such an excellent hardware and software boost, but they are undeniably there. For one, the rear camera appears to have a protruding effect out of the rear of the device, meaning that the device won't lay flat on a table surface:
Another downside is that the loop connector looks strange. Apple’s iPod touch 4G has a very nice, slim, and sleek form-factor. All of these extraneous items on the iPod touch 5G just stick out of the device and makes it not so attractive. You can also clearly see that they have brought back the rear-facing radio window, which was present on the iPod touch 3G for making it easier for Wi-Fi to pass through the metal. On the iPod touch 4G, they bypassed this by having the Wi-Fi signal pass through the front glass.
Another depressing sight is that the iPod touch 5G begins retailing at $299 for the low-end (32GB) unit. There is no longer an 8GB unit; in the past, the iPod touch has always started at $199 for the 8GB unit (it was $229 before Apple lowered it to $199). The steep $100 price hike just might be enough to make consumers consider an on-contract iPhone 5 for $199.
Being that the iPod touch 5G brings a number of great improvements to the lineup, the device seems like it is worth the price. It comes in a 32GB and 64GB model, $299 and $399 respectively. The pros certainly out-weigh the cons on this one. If you are considering the iPod touch, it will make a great Christmas or Birthday present for yourself, a friend, or a family member.
Sources: Apple Images by Apple, Inc.
09-12-2012, 11:15 PM #2
299!?!?!? I don't see many of these being purchased. You'd think a 16g would be available for 199. You can find a refurbished iPad 2 for 299. This also makes me sad as though I was looking forward to a iPad mini at a reasonable price like 249. The Asus Nexus is looking better already.
09-12-2012, 11:28 PM #3
I THINK only the backs are different colors. Seems like the front is only black or white, so (front color-back color) black-black, white-silver, white-blue, white-red, and white-yellow. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. If this is already commonly known then my bad for posting this xD
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09-12-2012, 11:29 PM #4
I think the colors for the touch are a nice addition for the younger crowd but the nano is a complete Lumia rip off.
09-12-2012, 11:44 PM #5
Sadly the ipod only got a cosmetic upgrade, the bottom line is that since the ipod does not have to work on a network or need things like antennas and speakers then the processor is not really a big upgrade, my brother has a 4th gen and sometimes i compare my iphone 4 load times with his ipod, and most times he's it's faster.
09-13-2012, 01:00 AM #6
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09-13-2012, 04:17 AM #8
8GB just isn't enough anymore. Apple also did this to deter people from saying the iPhone and iPod Touch are the same thing. The loop thing is gonna be awesome, you just aren't used to it.
09-13-2012, 04:25 AM #9
I'm tweaking the living **** out of my iPod if it had a gig of ram.
09-13-2012, 07:10 AM #10
I'm glad they made the Nano a little bigger though.
It was kinda too small. Now if I get one I won't have to hold it in my fingertips.
09-13-2012, 07:28 AM #11
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09-13-2012, 08:07 AM #12
I really like the iPod Loop. Walking around with the iPod Touch in your hand is always a risky move - a lanyard around your wrist will certainly change the way it can be used. I don't mind that little black wifi window, either - it adds visual complexity where otherwise it would just be boring metal. I do agree that the camera lens protrusion is a little off-putting, but I'm positive they needed to compromise between thinness and a 5mp camera.
Minimalist design is attractive, but Apple fans have to be a little less uptight. Innovation happens! We should embrace change, especially with a company that likes to keep the same design for 2 or more years!
09-13-2012, 08:28 AM #13
Yes..overpriced. Will people buy it = of course. It will set them apart :]
09-13-2012, 09:53 AM #14
Love this device definitely gonna buy it...Expected an A6 chip and a better camera(8 mp) though but it still looks and is better than the ipod touch 4g...great to have siri (spire sucked)....i hope they jailbreak iOS 6 on the quicks😃
09-13-2012, 03:19 PM #15
I believe the loop connector brings balance with the camera lens and that's why it sticks out in the first place. The whole concept of the loop is just stupid though.
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09-13-2012, 04:43 PM #16
How is it overpriced at the same price point as last gen?
09-13-2012, 05:34 PM #17
Overpriced for a 4 inch toy when you can save a 100 and get a nexus7. Besides that I was more so referring to the pricing on a iPad mini if it is released. There is no way it would cost less than the iTouch. A 7 inch iPad wouldn't be worth it for 350. Nevermind. There are obviously people that think otherwise.
09-13-2012, 08:12 PM #18