Just Launched: Apple's New iPod touch With 4" Retina Screen

iOS6-based PMP will feature 5 mp rear and front FaceTime HD cameras, is over 2x faster than its predecessor.


Apple has launched the latest version of its popular PMP, the iPod touch. Based on the new iOS 6, scheduled to be launched on the 19th of September, the 5th-generation iPod touch features a 4"Retina display with pixel dimensions of 1136x640 (326 ppi). This is the same as the one on the iPhone 5, and it should be a joy to watch movies on. Like its predecessors, it features a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

The new touch has better processing power with the A5 SOC (System On Chip), which features a dual-core CPU and dual-core GPU. The company claims that this translates to 2x faster CPU and 7x faster graphics performance, meaning it should fare a lot better at gaming than its predecessor. Even though this extra processing power needs to drive a larger number of pixels on the screen, Apple claims that the new touch has a better battery life, at 40 hours.

The PMP will now feature, for the first time, a 5 mp iSight rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash. The sensor, capable of 1080p recording, is said to have BSI (Back-Side Illumination) for better low-light photography, while the camera also features panorama shooting. The front FaceTime HD camera can broadcast at 720p with BSI and Face Detection. Bluetooth 4.0 with LE and Wi-Fi 802.11 a\b\g\n make their presence felt, as does AirPlay Mirroring — which wirelessly streams video and music to larger-screened Apple devices. Finally, Siri makes its debut on the device.

An anodised aluminium exterior with a brushed finish graces the new iPod touch (its predecessor had to make do with a chrome finish). At just 6.1 mm, this is the thinnest touch to date ("almost as thin as the nano", according to Apple) and is also the lightest at 88 grammes. Just like the other new iDevices released today, it features a Lightning connector that is smaller than (and incompatible with) the earlier version. Also for the first time, the iPod touch will be available in five colours: slate, silver, blue, yellow, and pink.

The iPod touch now comes bundled with the new EarPods and a wired remote volume control. Apple supposedly spent 3 years researching this accessory, which appears to have three different ports for better airflow and audio quality. The company will also sell the EarPods as a standalone product, while the new iPod touch 32 GB is available at $300 (Rs 16,500), and the 64 GB at $400 (Rs 22,000). Meanwhile, the older (4th-gen) iPod touch 16 GB will be priced at $200 (Rs 10,000), with the 32 GB version costing $250 (Rs 14,000). Here is the specifications sheet:

  • 4" multi-touch IPS Retina display with pixel dimensions of 640x1136 (326 ppi).
  • 5 mp iSight rear auto-focus camera with LED flash, Backside illumination, Hybrid IR filter, Five-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, Face detection, Panorama, HDR, 1080p @ 30 fps with audio.
  • 1.4 mp FaceTime HD front camera with 720p @ 30 fps; Video stabilisation, Tap to control exposure, Geotagging with Wi-Fi.
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a\b\g\n, Bluetooth 4.0, Maps, Nike+.
  • Lightning connector, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, Built-in speaker, Microphone.
  • 40 hours of music playback, 8 hours of video, Fast charging in 2 hours to 80% capacity, Full charging in 4 hours.
  • 3-axis gyroscope, Accelerometer.
  • 4.86" (l) x 2.31" (w) x 0.24" (6.1 mm) (d), 88 grammes.
  • Available Colours: Slate, Silver, Blue, Yellow, Pink.
  • Bundled Accessories: iPod touch loop, EarPods, Lightning to USB cable, QSG.

Apple Launches New iPod touch With 4" Retina Screen

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