After being left virtually untouched for two years, Apple has now announced a new iPod touch model that shares many features with the iPhone 5.
The forthcoming fifth-generation iPod touch will utilize the same 4-inch Retina Display as the iPhone 5, meaning users can watch videos in 16:9 aspect ratio and crisp view images thanks to the 1136×640 resolution. Also similar to the iPhone 5 is the 5-megapixel camera on the back that can record videos in 1080p; the front camera, used for applications such as FaceTime, captures video in 720p. The iPod touch now features an A5 processing chip, Apple’s voice-activated personal assistant Siri, and uses the new “Lightning” dock connector that will also be included with the iPhone 5, which is smaller and easier to store than the previous 30-pin connector. Finally, the device comes bundled with “EarPods” – Apple’s new earbuds that fit into the listener’s ears – and a wrist strap to prevent the device from falling out of the user’s hand.
The new iPod touch will be sold in October for $299.99 for the 32-gigabyte version, and $399.99 for the 64GB version. It will be available in white, black, yellow, pink, and blue colors. The previously-released fourth-generation iPod touch will be available for $199.99 for the 16GB version, and $249.99 for the 32GB version.