updated 03:20 pm EDT, Tue October 4, 2011
iPod touch and iPod nano get minor refresh
Apple used its October 4 event to unveil modest updates to the iPod touch and iPod nano. The iPod touch keeps its familiar design but now has the option of white. It's still believed to keep the A4 processor as it stops at 720p video recording, although it may now have a new oleophobic (oil-resistant) coating.
Software is the primary focus, as the iPod touch gets all non-phone features of iOS 5, including iCloud when it's on Wi-Fi.
Pricing has only changed at the low end for the iPod touch, which now costs $199 for an 8GB version (down from $229). The 32GB and 64GB versions still cost $299 and $399.
The iPod nano has received more substantial updates. The interface now has the choice of larger icons with an easier, one-by-one interface for changing info mid-run. Nike+ run tracking is now completely self-contained and doesn't need any external adapters to track calories, distance, pace, and steps. Apple has acknowledged the rush of demand for the iPod nano as a makeshift watch and has 16 new watch faces, including various analog and digital looks as well as special Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse faces.
Apple is selling the iPod nano in seven colors and has lowered the base prices, dropping 8GB to $129 and $149 for 16GB.
Both new iPods are available today at retail and in the online Apple Store.