updated 02:30 pm EDT, Wed September 9, 2009
3rd-generation iPod touch
Apple today at its "Rock & Roll" music event launched the third-generation iPod touch. The media player now has the same processing power as the iPhone 3GS and is up to about 50 percent faster than the older model and supports the same OpenGL ES 2.0 visual effects. No mention has been made of cameras on the devices, which run iPhone OS 3.1 and still have the familiar tapered chrome back.
It also gives most models Apple's earbuds with mic and remote, and on those models or any equipped with a compatible third party remote lets them use Voice Control to navigate tracks.
The company stresses price drops as a key factor in the design and is selling the new iPod touch at just $199 for an 8GB version without the mic-equipped remote; the 16GB model has been dropped but is being replaced with a $299 32GB version with the advanced remote, and a new record-level 64GB model will sell for $399. These should be available today through the online Apple Store.