updated 05:35 pm EDT, Wed September 5, 2007
Touch iPod in-depth
Apple today introduced a new iPod to accompany its tiny iPod shuffle, mid-sized iPod nano, and full featured video-capable iPod now known as iPod classic. The iPod touch looks remarkably similar to the company's iPhone, and features a multi-touch display of the exact same size as its feature-packed older sibling. With built-in WiFi capability and the addition of Apple's new iTunes WiFi Music Store, iPod touch owners can preview and purchase tracks wirelessly from any hot-spot -- including any WiFi-capable Starbucks location, thanks to Apple's newfound partnership with the coffee drink company. The iPod touch allows users to surf the web with Safari, browse YouTube videos, and play music as well as videos.
iPod touch display
The iPod touch features a 3.5-inch widescreen display for watching movies, TV shows, and viewing photos. The liquid crystal display boasts 320 x 480 pixels, and supports the same multi-touch finger gestures that iPhone owners have grown used to since the cellular phone began shipping in late July.
The iPod touch is just 8mm thick, making it even thinner than the iPhone. The new iPod comes with 8GB and 16GB storage capacities for toting up to 1,750 songs or 3,500 songs, respectively. Battery life provides up to 22 hours of music playback or up to five hours of watching videos. Leaving the new media player to charge for around 1.5 hours will recharge the battery to 80 percent of its capacity, according to Apple, while achieving a full charge requires leaving the device plugged in for around three hours total.
Measuring 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.31-inches or 110 x 61.8 x 8mm, Apple's newest iPod weighs in at 4.2-ounces or 120 grams and includes a Universal Dock connector.
In the box
The device ships with earphones, a USB 2.0 cable, a Dock adapter, a polishing cloth, a stand, and a Quick Start guide. Apple adds that Mac owners looking to purchase the iPod touch require at least one USB 2.0 port, iTunes 7.4 or later, an internet connection, an iTunes Store account, and Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later.