The Complete Guide To The New iPod Touch

The new iPod Touch is almost like an iPhone 4, without the phone. Even thinner than the original, it has a Retina display, Apple A4 processor, gyroscope and a digital camera, both on the back and for FaceTime.

The official presentation Watch Steve Jobs on stage presenting the new iPod Touch:

The main features • It has the iPhone's Retina Display, a 3.5-inch IPS-based screen that has a razor-sharp 326ppi resolution. That's 960x640 pixels. • It can record 720p high-definition video and take photos with its back camera. • It can FaceTime with other iPod Touches and iPhone 4s, using its front camera. • It runs at the same speed of the iPhone 4, using the same Apple A4 chip. • It incorporates the same three-axis gyroscope of the iPhone 4, which makes motion tracking more precise than just the accelerometer. • It will have iOS 4.1 built in. • It has a built-in speaker and microphone.

The differences with the previous generation and the iPhone 4 The most obvious differences with the previous generation are the two cameras, a very welcomed - and demanded - addition to the iPod Touch. However, while the back camera can record H.264 video at 720 lines of resolution (720p) and 30 frames per second, the resolution for photography is not as high as the iPhone 4. Just the same 960x720 pixels of the video, far from the gorgeous sensor of the iPhone.

It also has the front camera, which is identical to the iPhone 4, capturing VGA at 30 frames per second for videoconferencing action.

A not-so-obvious change is the microphone. The new iPhone is there for FaceTime, but it will have other users as well, like Skype. This new feature may turn the iPod Touch into an phone replacement, for those people who don't need to be in constant voice contact - a collective that is increasing quickly, as younger generations move from voice to text-based communication, either via chat, Twitter or Facebook.

Apple also claims they have increased the amount of playback time to 40 hours of audio and seven hours of video, all while making the package smaller than the previous generation: Just 4.4 x 2.3 x 0.28 inches. For comparison, the previous generation iPod Tuch was 0.33 inches thick. The weigh is also down to 101g from the previous 227g.

What's cool, what's not Almost everything about the new iPod Touch seems quite better than the original. Having cameras is a big plus, as well as the speedy A4 processor - a must-have upgrade for gamers. Along with the new physical dimensions, the iPod Touch fourth generation seems like a good upgrade for most users, if it lives up to the real world test. The only disappointment: the low-resolution back camera. You will still need to pay the iPhone 4 premium to get a good camera sensor.

Hands-on impressions

Jacqui from Ars comments about how FaceTime works to connect to someone else: "The device gains FaceTime support, which works with an email address (as you can see from the photo above)." [Ars Technica]

Topolsky at Engadget seems to be impressed with how small it is and points out that "the functionality of the device is identical to the iPhone 4". [Engadget]

Price and availability It will be available next week for $289 (8GB), $378 (32GB) and $499 (64GB).

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