While all eyes have been on the iPhone 5, Apple’s other upgrades have slipped quietly under the radar. So, just in case you overlooked the revamped iPod range, we’re here to give you the run down on all the new specs.
It’s not just the iPhone 5 that has got an increased screen size – the iPod Touch has had the same redesign, meaning it now comes in a 4inch size.
And Apple’s target market with the iPod is clear to see as, for the first time, it comes in a range of bright colours – so as well as the expected black and white, you can now get the iPod Touch in blue, yellow and pink.
The American technology giant is aiming its appeal at children and teenagers who don’t have a smartphone yet so it wants to make sure the new devices are visually exciting. The body is anodized aluminium, the same as a MacBook Air, giving it a hi-end feel. And just like its sibling, the iPhone 5, the iPod Touch has got thinner and is now just 6.1mm. It is essentially an iPhone without the phone part.
While it looks more attractive on the outside, the inside hasn’t been forgotten. The iPod touch now has a better camera too, with an upgrade to a 5-megapixel iSight from the original VGA camera. It’s obviously not as good as the 8 megapixels you get on the iPhone 5, but it’s certainly a big step up on the previous 1-megapixel. There’s HD video recording of up to 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second and voice assistant Siri is finally available on the new iPod Touch if you want to ask your gadget to find something for you.
Recognising that consumers demand a lot more from their devices now, the iPod Touch no longer comes in 8GB and 16GB versions, just 32GB and 64GB – so plenty of room for all those downloads.
And, there’s a new processor, meaning it can run more powerful apps, which should be a big draw for those who use it for gaming.
The Nano hasn’t been forgotten either. Now in its seventh generation, the iPod Nano has also been on a diet as, at 5.4mm, it is 50 per cent thinner than the previous version. But, while its body has shrunk, its screen has increased in size, from 1.54inches to 2.5inches.
Apple seems to have changed the Nano’s shape with each generation and, this time, is no exception. It loses its old square shape and has become rectangular again.
The Nano also comes with a clever Live Pause option for radio so you can pause a live broadcast and play it again within a 15 minute window.
Sticking firmly with its tween and teen market, Apple has released the iPod Nano in a rainbow of colours – slate, silver, purple, pink, yellow, green and blue.
Priced at $149, the Nano will be available for pre-order from September 14.