Apple have revealed that new iPod Touch and iPod Nano models will soon be hitting stores at their iPhone 5 launch event.Note that this story is updating as we type, so we’ll add more details and images as the night goes on.
A new iPod Touch for 2012 was revealed, measuring just 6.1mm thick, and weighing just 88 grams. It looks similar to the last generation iPod touch, except it too, like the iPhone 5, has a longer 4-inch Retina display screen, for improved movie viewing. It also introduced the iPod Touch Loop on the rear, where a user can attach a wrist strap for added security. Five colours will be available; alluminium, black, blue, yellow and red.
The iPhone 4S’s A5 processor is now inside the iPod Touch too, offering dual-core gaming capabilities, making it 7x faster than the previous generation iPod Touch.
The iSight camera also gets a slight improvement, with a 5MP backside illuminated sensor, f.2.4, 5-element lens and a panorama shooting mode. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera also jumps to 720p resolution for improved FaceTime video calling.
Battery lasts for 40 hours of music playback on the new iPod Touch, and 8 hours of video, a slight improvement over previous models.
A new iPod Nano model was also introduced. Tiny at 5.4mm thick, it’s 38% smaller than even the last minuscule iPod Nano, but still manages to squeeze in a 2.5-inch touch screen display. It’ll be available in seven colours, including aluminium, black, purple, green, blue, yellow and red.
The Nano is now longer, with a large physical home button and a new homescreen with circular app buttons all fitting onto a bigger, longer screen.
Wireless audio streaming over Bluetooth is possible, while the new 2012 iPod Nano will make use of the same new smaller Lightning data and charging connection that the iPhone 5 does. 30 hours of music playback is on offer too, making for the longest battery life of any iPod Nano.
A new iPod Shuffle model was also briefly mentioned, though no further details were given.
All new iPods will be compatible with the new version of iTunes, which will launch in October.
No pricing or release date information has been given yet, though Apple are positioning them as their “iPod lineup for the holidays”.
By Gerald Lynch | September 12th, 2012