Finally, A New iPod Touch, Gorgeous iPod Nanos And New iPod Shuffles

Remember iPods? The things that switched Apple from a computer company to the electronics company, the most valuable in company in company history? There hasn't been a new one in two years. Today, it's back, upgraded, widescreened and super skinny. Updated with Australian pricing.

Unlike previous models, the new iPod Touch looks more like the new iPod Nano than the new iPhone — but that's awesome, as it weighs in at 88 grams and is only 6.1mm thick.

The new iPod Touch will come with Siri, an A5 processor, an upgraded 5MP rear camera, the new Lightning connector, Siri, and the iPhone 5's 4-inch widescreen retina display. The new guts will still get you 40 hours of music playback and eight hours of video. You'll even be able to use it to power your home theatre, with built-in 1080p mirroring to your TV via AirPlay.

The iPod Touch will also come in five colours and sport a little knob for a wrist strap. Apple knows how clumsy you are. But would you actually use this?

The iPod Touch ships in October, starting at $US300 for a 32GB version, which is too expensive. But let's be clear: this is easily one of the best gadgets Apple has ever dropped. Amazingly thin, gorgeous screen, iOS 6's software sophistication, a decent camera, fantastic games, the internet, all able to slide into your skinny jeans. A fantastic pocket computer. This thing is just as impressive as the new iPhone 5.

Update: Pre-orders for the new iPod Touch will be taken on Apple's website from Friday, September 14. The 32GB model is priced at $329 in Australia, and the 64GB model will set you back $439. Brick-and-mortar retailers will start stocking the iPod Touch in October. The previous generation iPod Touch will drop to $219 for the 16GB model and $279 for the 32GB model.

Brand new iPod Nanos have also joined Apple's iPhone 5 party at the Moscone Center today. The totally redesigned junior MP3 players have a larger display and come in seven beautiful candy-hued colours.

The new iPods also have Bluetooth for the first time, as well as the brand new Lightning connector and the longest battery life the device has ever had. The new iPod Nano is $US150 for 16GB and will be available in October. Anticipate that this will be on your kid's Christmas wish list.

Update: The iPod Nano will cost $169 in Australia, but you have to wait until October to get your hands on one.

Finally, Apple has also announced a refreshed iPod Shuffle. The new guy isn't all that different from its predecessor, save for five new colours. It costs $US50 for 2GB, which should excite multi-coloured gadget enthusiasts.

Update: The new 2GB iPod Shuffle will retail for $55 in Australia.

Images: GDGT


Comments

    Looks like a Nokia Lumia... OMG CALL THE PATENT ATTORNEYS!

      haha, I thought the exact same thing.

    quickly! - its got rounded corners inside square corners!! omg stop them from copying!

      Nah, it's totally different. It has a grid of circular icons!

      Also, does anyone else think the iPod nano faceplate kind of looks like they wanted to make a device that looked like an iPhone/iPod touch, but smaller, and then they realised "uh oh, looks like the electronics won't fit in this case", and then they just decided to stick the front of their prototype design on the front of the necessary, bigger case? Alternatively, in images, it looks like a device with a big screen (relative to the body), displaying an iPhone-esque device on the screen.

    So it's essentially the iPhone 4 with slight improvements.

    How is this enough for people to go out every year and purchase a new phone?

      Not everyone, im still on contract for another year, which i assume concurrent with apple releasing iphone 5s
      So yeah i'll wait

    What are the actual specs on the new touch? You can't say its the best device they have ever made without talking about the guts.

      It's basically a 4S innards (A5, not the just-announced A6) with a better camera and the new screen.

    Looks like there wont be any more iPod Nano watches.

    I will continue to use my Sansa Clip that cost me $60 with a 32gb card to give it 40gb of storage, and has a battery that seems to last forever. And the best part about it, all it does is play music while I work out which is all I want from it. If I need music on the go I have a phone with music on it and about a million streaming services. If I need to take pics, again I can use my phone or my DSLR or my point and shoot. If I need to get on the net, phone to the rescue, and laptop, and tablet.

      While the Sansa is an option, I think an Arya would be much more kick ass.

    Yes but will the new nano be able to be turned into a watch (best feature of the old one)

    What?? no 128GB version?? Disapointmentation

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    when will apple learn that us Ipod Classic 160gb owners want an upgrade with a ssd or hdd 250gb disk space... Getting tired of seeing these new crappy devices which only hold a small miserable amount of space for music and movies.. Really wished they could come up with a Ipod Touch that can hold all my music, podcast, movies and iBooks with out having to check off stuff to contain and limit the capacity of my device like I do with my 64gb iPad. Pathetic.. why you ask for so much space, it's probably because I can update my whole itunes library on the fly as another back up device using my current ipod classic's 160gb space..

      Just how do you suppose they'll make a 256GB Touch? While you're bitching about how no-one's making one, you've ignored the fact that it's downright impossible with today's consumer tech. The only non-HDD option is SSD and have you seen an SSD 256GB drive? You can't fit that, a screen, battery etc into an iPod Touch chassis.

      Stop complaining that Apple hasn't recognised users who thinks they might consume 160GB of unique music and podcasts between syncs. You're a niche demographic with unusual requirements so it's only logical that Apple satisfies you with a niche model. It's like complaining about today's Corolla for not having a bubble dome, V12 engine and playing La Cucaracha.

        "I'll buy that Corolla, but only if it also comes with ejector seats and artificial turf instead of paintwork. Otherwise it would just be lame because anything that doesn't cater to my special tastes is lame."
        - Critter's summary of steve's 100% accurate characterisation of David's comment

        Have you been living under the rock, technology has advanced I'm not saying they could use a bulky sata 3 drive, just saying the tech's there, except apple has gone so far away from making just a music player to something that unlocks your car via bluetooth or etc. Yeah it's great to have those optional extras but limiting someones use of a portable music player below 64gb's while the tech is there and ready to be develop is just lame.. Why doesn't apple patent and invest in Nano technology into Solid State Drives and be the first to make them so small with so much space that you could fit it into a hand sized shape and say hey look this is something revolutionary..By the time you fit in some of your movies which have been bought from the iTunes store 2gb HD files and than add in a couple of podcasts 100+mb's than get around to adding your music, you've seriously already used 3 quarters or more of disk space. For long 8+ hour plane flights taking my library with me is a necessity and I think a lot of other travelers have the same thoughts on this. Why would you have a Corolla with a V12 engine is something beyond me. This is a music player it needs larger space, it's like building a house and filling it up full of unnecessary furniture (camera's, gps and so on) that you can't even walk through and use. It's kind of a contradiction that you said "You're a niche demographic" when really the ipod was originally made to store a heap of music right at your finger tips..

          I'm not arguing aginst more storage (within reason). Hell, I would LOVE to carry my entire music library, a few movies, all my books etc on one device without syncing. But the truth is, it's a small inconvenience to sync a handful of playlists.

          "It’s kind of a contradiction that you said “You’re a niche demographic” when really the ipod was originally made to store a heap of music right at your finger tips.."

          Your definition of "heap" must be very different from Apple's then, because while iPods were once 4GBs, you're now asking for 250. Digital music files haven't drastically increased in size (even lossless). So yes, you are a niche demographic if you're expecting to carry 250GB locally... more content than any sane human could possibly consume between syncs, more music you can listen to without your battery dying. If indecision about what to include is your problem, cloud storage solves the rest.

    I was waiting for the nano to get Bluetooth hoping they would create an iWatch type device. Disappointing!

    Just bought myself a 160GB iPod Classic, it's outdated but it'll still have my entire music collection

    Cute! I might grab one in a generation or two when they're more affordable, and by then my Touch will definitely be wearing out.

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