Apple updates iPod lineup with All-new iPod touch and iPod nano, plus iTunes 11

Alongside the new iPhone 5, Apple also unveiled its latest lineup of iPods last Wednesday, including the reinvented iPod nano and an all-new iPod touch.

The new iPod nano comes with completely revamped hardware design, taller than its predecessor and the thinnest iPod nano to date at 5.4 mm. It offers a number of exciting features, including a 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display (240 x 432 pixel resolution at 202 ppi) with swipeable rows of icons, twice as big as the screen on the previous generation iPod nano, and a home button like the iPod touch. The 7th-gen iPod nano also features a built-in FM tuner with DVR functionality, a pedometer plus Nike+ support, and Bluetooth technology for wireless audio streaming. Apple iPod nano offers about 30 hours of music playback.

The iPod nano will be available in seven amazing colors, including pink, yellow, blue, green, purple, (PRODUCT) red, silver and slate, set at $149 for a 16GB model.

The all-new iPod touch sports a sleek design just like the new iPhone, it's ultra-thin with light anodized aluminum case and has rounder back. The world's most popular media player is now more thinner at 6.1 mm, weighs just 88 grams, and has the same brilliant 4-inch Retina display as the iPhone 5 (1136 x 640 pixel resolution at 326 ppi). It's powered by the company's dual-core A5 chip (dual-core processor and dual-core graphics like the iPhone 4S), which offers better and smoother gaming experience, up to 7x faster graphics. The 5th generation iPod touch runs the iOS 6, along with the features include Apple's new Maps app, Passbook, Facebook integration and more. Apple also enhanced the iPod touch's battery life, up to 40 hours of music playback and 8 hours of video.

The iPod touch's camera now has a 5-megapixel iSight sensor, capable of 1080p HD video recording with image stabilization and face detection. It also has a backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, 5-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, autofocus, LED flash, Sapphire crystal, as well as Panorama feature. FaceTime also lifted to high-definition at 720p. In terms of the media player's wireless connectivity, it features 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz), and worth a mention, it's now capable of AirPlay Mirroring and the intelligent assistant  Siri. It's indeed the best iPod touch Apple have ever made, d'ya agree?

Apple iPod touch will be available in different color variants, pink, yellow, blue, (PRODUCT) red, white & silver, black & slate, it's first, and with a colour-matched iPod touch loop, basically a wrist strap for added security. Apple is keeping the 4th-gen iTouch to its iPod lineup, pricing starts at $199 for a 16GB model and a 32GB model for $249. The new iPod touch 32GB is priced at $299, while the 64GB model will retail for $399.

Apple also reinvented its classic in-ear headphones, dubbed it as the EarPods. To date, about 600 million sets of earbuds have been sold and shipped, it's about 1.2 billion tiny speakers. Apple has not updated the iPod shuffle, it's still available at $49 through the Apple Online Store, by the way it's a 2GB shuffle.

Both new media players come with the new Lightning connector, the same dock as the iPhone 5. The all-new iPod nano and iPod touch will be available this coming October, pre-orders begin the 14th September.

Apple also announced it has sold over 350 million iPods. On the other hand, about 26 million songs in iTunes and 20 billion songs purchased since its launch, 16% downloads come directly from mobile devices. Apple added, the iTunes store is now available in 63 countries, has 435 million iTunes accounts, all with a single purchase. Indeed, it's a huge market share. iTune 11 will be available in late October, with more simplified user interface and a new mini-player.

What do you think of the all-new iPod nano and iPod touch? Is it disapponting as the new iPhone 5?


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