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New iPod touch brings FaceTime calls, 960x640 display

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Wed September 1, 2010

Specs now match the iPhone 4

As expected, Apple's special media event includes the unveiling of a new iPod touch. The fourth-generation design retains the same rounded housing as its predecessors, although the profile is slightly thinner. The device has adopted the iPhone 4's retina display, a 960x640 IPS panel featuring 24-bit color.

The new Touch also catches up to the iPhone 4 with several internal components, including an A4 processor and gyroscope. Users will be able to take pictures from dual cameras, while the front-facing sensor enables FaceTime chat between iPods and iPhones.

Despite the slew of new features, Apple has retained the same basic pricing structure for the fourth-generation Touch. The 8GB model has been brought back up to its original price of $229, while the 32GB variant still commands $299 and the 64GB variant can be purchased for $399. Each capacity is expected to begin shipping next week.














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  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Facetime!

    Yeah and #1 beating out you know who. ;-)

    Comment buried. Show
  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -11

    fugly!

    Not the iPod, the damn iPod web page and logo. All those multi-colored fingerprints? Reminds me of some lame marketing campaign. Like "let's get kids to put their handprints on this!"

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    3g?

    I had hoped for a 3g ipod touch. Oh, well.

  1. ScottG

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Something is Wrong I Think?

    I jumped right on this and placed an Order, and got a Sept. 10th delivery date just now.

    Steve said "This is the same as the iPhone, minus the Phone." Problem with that statement is a compare between the two of them as to the Back Facing Camera. Unless Apple made a rather large mistake in the Spec Listing, it looks like the Camera on the Back is nowhere near the 5 Megapixel that the iPhone has!!!

    Apple list the Spec on the NEW iPOD Touch as "VGA-quality photos and video up to 30 frames per second with the front camera" Thats 640x480 Rez which is 307,200 pixels total, and I guess you could argue that the calculation is for 1 of 3 channels? Then 3 x 307200 = 921,600 pixels!!! That's LESS then a 1 MegaPixel Camera for Still Photos...VERY BAD.

    Anyone want to Input on this???

    ScottG

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    Re: something is wrong

    Well, it depends on your definition of "same". Is it "same" as in "We have the exact same device, just without a cell chip"? Or is it "same" as in "well, if you look at a feature comparison chart that doesn't get into the details and minutia of individual components"?

    For, perhaps Steve was talking the latter.

    Then 3 x 307200 = 921,600 pixels!!! That's LESS then a 1 MegaPixel Camera for Still Photos...VERY BAD.

    But doesn't the new whiz-bang HDR thing combine the three channels to figure out what to make a particular pixel? As in you still have a 640x352 picture (or whatever), not 3 times that.

  1. rombe3jr

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Camera

    How does the camera compare to the iPhone?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    Re: iPod touch rear facing camera...

    Better read the fine print in the specs again. I'm pretty sure the rear facing camera is for video only - same as it was on the iPod nano. As I read the specs, you can only take still photos with the front facing camera.

    And how does one take pictures? Just turn it around and hope you have the subject in your shot? More headless photos! Woohoo!

  1. CmdrGampu

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    testudo bombs again

    To quote Ripley in the movie Aliens, "Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?"

    The front-facing camera has identical specs to the one on the iPhone 4, which is really all you need for FaceTime. The rear-facing camera is less than 1Mp for stills, but otherwise takes the same 720p video as the iPhone.

    Maybe it's just me, but I seem to remember not two days ago that testudo was extremely skeptical that the new touch would get the Retina display or even one camera.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    Re: testudo bombs again

    The front-facing camera has identical specs to the one on the iPhone 4, which is really all you need for FaceTime.

    Who said it wasn't? And who said anything about FaceTime.

    The rear-facing camera is less than 1Mp for stills, but otherwise takes the same 720p video as the iPhone.

    So it is a different camera than the iPhone? Isn't that what the original poster said? Oh, wait, why worry about details, right!

    Maybe it's just me, but I seem to remember not two days ago that testudo was extremely skeptical that the new touch would get the Retina display or even one camera.

    I was only skeptical on the retina display.

    But I also seem to remember everyone expecting/predicting cameras in the iPod a year ago, so do they get knocked as well?

  1. CmdrGampu

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Horrible backpedaling, testudo

    Who said it wasn't? Try ScottG, who was freaking out that it was VGA resolution rather than 5Mp. And I said something about FaceTime, because that's what the front-facing VGA camera is for.

    Yes, it is a different camera. But it's not the VGA back-facing camera you spent so many numbers and words above trying to prove is terribly inferior to the iPhone's 5Mp unit.

    You were only skeptical of the Retina display? What you wrote was, "Wow, that would be challenging. That's assuming, of course, Apple puts all that in the latest iPod." You didn't distinguish between the Retina display and the cameras. Everybody who has read your posts knows you believed none of it would be included, since you harbor nothing but unfettered pessimism toward Apple. That's proven yet again by your idiotic comment about having to turn the touch around to take photos.

    So please tell us, now that virtually everything from the iPhone is in the touch, is it challenging to the Nintendo, or isn't it?

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