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Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012 2:41pm
Apple brings out new iPod nano, iPod touch
Apple today overhauled its iPod line, updating the Nano to the seventh generation, and the Touch to the fifth. The new Nano is switching back to a tall design, but now has a 2.5-inch multi-touch screen, with a Home button as on iOS devices. The player is almost half as thin as its predecessor, and uses the new smaller Lightning connector also seen on the iPhone 5.

Seven colors are available; some other features include a built-in FM tuner with live pausing, and the return of video recording. Fitness tracking technology is also integrated, including Nike+ support; a Bluetooth transmitter, meanwhile, allows streaming to wireless speakers. Battery life has been extended to 30 hours.

The new iPod touch is just 6.1mm thin, and uses the same 4-inch display as the iPhone 5, as well as the same Lightning and speaker technology. Its processor has only been upgraded to the A5 level, not A6, but Apple does comment that the chip is nevertheless seven times faster than the fourth-gen Touch. Battery life is rated at 40 hours for music, and 8 hours for video.

A new 5-megapixel iSight camera is being used, which supports the panorama option available on the iPhone 5, as well as 1080p video, LED flash, and autofocus. Wireless support has been extended to allow dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, plus AirPlay mirroring on an Apple TV. For the first time on an iPod, Siri voice commands can be issued.

A button on the back pops open a loop for a wrist strap. Five different colors are being sold.

The previous-generation Touch is being kept on sale for $199 in a 16GB configuration, or $249 for 32GB. New Touch models will go on sale in October, and start at $299 for a 32GB player, moving up to $399 for 64GB. The new Nano will cost at least $149 for 16GB, and ship in the same timeframe. The iPod shuffle is effectively unchanged, costing $49 for a 2GB unit, although new color options have been introduced. All iPods will now have a (PRODUCT)RED color to choose from, from which a portion of money will go to fight AIDS in Africa.