Apple Rolls Out ‘Maximum Funness’ iPod Touch, Revamps iPod Nano Line

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At one point in time, the iPod Touch was “the funnest iPod ever.” That was the marketing slogan. Now, the new iPod Touch has been “engineered for maximum funness.” The spell checker on my blogging software is screaming at me right now.

Funness aside, the new iPod Touch takes the form of the just-announced iPhone 5 – minus the cellular connection and just a shade thinner (0.24″ versus the iPhone 5 at 0.3″).

It’s got a four-inch “Retina” display with an 1136×640 resolution, a rear-facing five-megapixel iSight camera capable of shooting 1080p HD video (there’s a flash now, too), a 720p front-facing FaceTime camera and Apple’s new much-smaller “Lightning connector,” which replaces your old iPod/iPhone/iPad cables (you’ll be able to purchase a $29 adapter, if you like, which is silly).

Other bells and whistles include Apple’s new “EarPod” earbuds (see below) and $9 loops that attach to the iPod Touch so you don’t drop it. The new iPod Touch comes in capacities of 32 and 64 gigabytes, and you’ll be able to preorder it on September 14 for $299 and $349, respectively.

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Moving right along to the new iPod Nano, it’s been totally reshaped – or “completely renanoed,” says Apple (there goes my spellchecker again) — to resemble the mythical iPhone Nano that’s oft-rumored but never seen the light of day.

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It’s about 3″ tall by 1.5″ across and o.2″ thick, comes in a 16GB-only capacity and sports a 2.5″ 240×432-resolution touchscreen. Those of you hoping for Wi-Fi connectivity will have to wait a bit longer, as this little guy is purely an offline affair. It’s got Bluetooth, FM radio and video playback, however — three nice additions. Available in nine colors for $149, you’ll be able to preorder the iPod Nano on September 14.

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7 comments
Taxpyer
Taxpyer

The new touch is finally close to reaching its potential.  No longer is it a gimped version of the iPhone.  Faster processor (but not latest), better camera, larger screen, better video recording.  Much to like here.   Too bad its still linked to iTunes.  What a dog of a program. 

Tracy Mangold
Tracy Mangold

UGLY. Really not liking the new colors and the casing looks cheap. 

nick price
nick price

the new iPod touch will be available in 5 colors

Albin
Albin

I've always liked the idea of the iPod Touch much more than the monthly subscription money-sewer iPhone for my own purposes, and have to say, what's surprised me is that there is no Android competitor to it.  The Apple "ecosystem" also gives me the heebie-jeebies on the wallet side of my rear end.  But it's encouraging  Apple has updated and seems committed to the non-phone smart device concept, and I'm keeping an eye on this kind of device.

Nathaniel Samson
Nathaniel Samson

"those of you hoping for Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity will have to wait a bit longer, as this little guy is purely an offline affair"

Sorry Doug, the new Nano does in fact have Bluetooth:http://www.apple.com/uk/ipod-n...

Just A Webuser
Just A Webuser

They are "committed" to the iPod touch simply due to the potential sale of an higher-margin iPhone for that user. 

Basically, people are lazy, if they get used to iTunes and the Apple Way, it will be easy for them to migrate to an iPhone when they are ready.

It is very interesting to note that Apple has killed off the "low-end" sub $200 iPod touch, which was a razor-thin margin product for them.  They clearly couldn't stomach essentially subsidizing a product for the potential of future sales. 

At $299, it's a marginal proposition, just too far outside of the comfort level of your average buyer for a strictly entertainment device.  (Nintendo quickly learned this with the disastrous introduction of the overpriced 3DS)

This may very well be the last iPod touch...