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New iPod Touch announcedBy Tom Manners 2 September 2010 | Categories: news
Apple today announced the new iPod touch, which incorporates a number of new features including Apple’s Retina display - which is found in the iPhone 4, FaceTime video calling, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 chip, 3-axis gyro, iOS 4.1 and Game Center.
In addition to these, the new iPod touch now features up to 40 hours of music playback and seven hours of video playback on a single battery charge.
“We’ve put our most advanced technology inside the new iPod touch,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Whether you’re listening to music, playing games, making FaceTime video calls, browsing the web, capturing HD video or watching TV shows and movies, the new iPod touch with its Retina display, A4 chip and 3-axis gyro is more fun than ever.”
Apple’s Retina display, which had been widely lauded in iPhone 4 reviews, boasts a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels. The resulting 326 pixels per inch is so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when iPod touch is held at a normal distance, making text, images and video look sharper and more realistic.
With the new front-facing camera and mic, iPod touch users will also be able to make FaceTime video calls over Wi-Fi. Using the FaceTime app, iPod touch users can call other new iPod touch or iPhone 4 users.
The rear-facing camera on iPod touch is also optimised for HD video recording and Apple’s A4 chip provides iPod touch users with additional processor and graphics performance compared to older models.
The new iPod Touch will also ship with Apple’s iOS 4.1 mobile operating system.
The unit will be available next week in the US at suggested price of $229 (around R1 717) for the 8 GB model, $299 (about R2 300) for the 32 GB model and $399 (approx. R3 000) for the 64 GB model.
Local release dates have not yet been confirmed.
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