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Review: Fourth-generation iPod touch

updated 03:05 pm EDT, Mon September 13, 2010

Retina display, A4 CPU taken from iPhone 4

After Apple introduced the iPhone 4, a major leap over previous versions, iPod fans were left waiting for the technology to trickle down to the iPhone's phone-less counterpart. The fourth-generation Touch fulfills most of the expectations, mimicking the iPhone's dual camera configuration and 960x640 'retina display.' In our full review, we'll take a look at the list of new features that aim to push Apple's flagship iPod even further ahead of the competition -- but still slightly behind the iPhone.




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  1. danangdoc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Major missing feature

    I just went to the local Apple store and checked out the face-time feature on the new iPod. Pretty neat. I was all set to buy one, but found out it was missing a GPS chip! Why is that? Many of the apps I use, including two for navigation at sea (Navigon....) use GPS. Even the compass uses it. How much money could this have cost Apple? Pennies per unit? A buck and a half? Sorry, but this version is "not ready for prime time". I'll keep my 1st Gen version. And my money!

  1. bdmarsh

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: no GPS

    yeah, it would be nice to have a model option for GPS +3G data even, like the iPad has.
    Some people don't need or want the phone aspects of an iPhone, but would like "data anywhere" plus GPS

    Of course, that adds complexity in supply channels, and possibly would have increased the thickness (much like a higher quality back camera would have done, the camera in the iPhone 4 wouldn't even fit in the previous thicker iPod touch)

    Checking on component costs, the GPS transceiver (plus small cost for antenna's and such) was about $2.25 (at least that was the cost for the iPhone 3G)

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