The iPhone wasn’t the only new piece of hardware that took the stage in San Francisco today – Apple was proud to also unveil its new collection of iPod’s – ranging from the new iPod Touch with Retina Display (4-inch display that is), to the newly redesigned and re-accessorized iPod Nanos.
7th Generation iPod Nano
The new iPod nano has been completely reinvented. Its thinner, yet has a larger touch screen. Big buttons for volume as well as play/pause and track advancing are on the side, while the multi-touch display gives fingertip controls for everything. Available in seven colors (aluminum, black, purple, green, blue, yellow and red), it has an FM tuner with Live Pause to go back and listen to something again (think of it as Tivo for your music). There’s a pedometer built-in as well as Bluetooth, photos, video, and wireless streaming. The new Nano features the lightning connector and works in both widescreen and landscape more. Available in 7 colors and arriving in October as a 16GB model, the new Nano will retail for $149.
5th Generation iPod Touch
Weighing in at just 88 grams and measuring a mere 6.1mm thick, the new iPod touch features the lightning connector, a 4-inch retina-display, embedded speaker, and a near 16:9 aspect ratio like the iPhone 5. It features Apple’s A5 processor (making it a dual core device) with up to 2x faster performance all around (while graphics performance increases 7x). Battery life gets a bump as well on the iPod Touch to 40 hours of music playback, 8 hours of video, and there’s also a new iSight camera with a 5mp sensor, LED flash, sapphire crystal lens cover, f/2.4 aperture, backside illumination, five-element lens, and Hybrid IR filter. It features the panorama mode from the iPhone 5 and a new wrist strap accessory that lets you strap it on for security (called the Loop). The front-facing camera is a 720p HD camera, while the new rear-facing camera records 1080p HD video. Finally the new Touch gets AirPlay mirroring and enhanced Wifi, making it ideal for controlling on-screen gaming; and Siri now works on the iPod touch as well. Available in five colors (aluminum, black, blue, yellow and red) and available this October, the 32GB Touch will sell for $299, while the 64GB model will retail for $399.