After ignoring it for two years, Apple finally announced a major update to the iPod touch line of devices.
The 5th generation iPod touch is just 6.1mm thick — almost as thin as the new iPod nano. It’s made of anodized aluminum and weighs just 88 grams.
The iPod nano will share the iPhone 5’s new longer, retina-enabled display. It also has a dual-core A5 processor, which is twice as fast as the old iPod touch.
The iPod touch also has a new camera that uses the same technology as the iPhone 5, but at 5 megapixels instead of 8. This is the first time an iPod touch has had a rear iSight camera — which essentially makes it a perfect digital camera for kids. Past versions of the iPod touch could take video, but not photos, with the rear camera.
Playing up the camera angle, Apple has even made it easy to attach a camera strap to the back of the device.
As for video, users can now record in 1080p on the iPod touch. The device will share the iPhone 5’s dual-band 802.11n network, as well as Bluetooth 4.0.
For Apple TV owners, it will also now support AirPlay mirroring.
Siri is also coming to the iPod touch — another first for the device.
It gets better. The iPod touch will now be available in multiple colors and each color comes with a matching camera loop. The colors include, black, white, blue, yellow and red.
We’ve been hearing for years that the iPod touch is particularly popular with kids. The addition of colors and camera features certainly makes it clear that Apple understands that market.
The new iPod touch will be available in October. A 32GB version will sell for $299, a 64GB for $399.
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