|Friday, 14 September 2012 12:51|
Alongside the unveiling of the iPhone 5, Apple announced two refreshes in its iPod lineup, showing off an all-new iPod Nano and an updated iPod Touch.
A Taller, Lighter iPod Nano
The iPod Nano (pictured above) is ditching its old stamp-like body for one that more closely resembles its larger cousin, the iPod Touch. The new Nano has a larger 2.5-inch screen, a home button added where you'd expect, volume controlled by two physical buttons along the Nano's side, and it's the thinnest iPod Apple's ever put out. Despite the growth spurt, the Nano is still half as light as the previous generation.
The Nano is still squarely aimed at people who just want to listen to music. It's got Bluetooth built in, and FM tuning with live pause, meaning you can stop a live feed you're listening to and even rewind and listen to something again. It also has the kind of fitness features that are popular on portable music players, such as a pedometer and Nike+. Like the iPhone 5, the Nano will take advantage of Apple's new Lightning connector, and the Nano should get up to 30 hours of battery life off a single charge.
The Nano will sell for $149, and ships in October in seven different colors.
The New iPod Touch
The new iPod Touch, in contrast to the Nano, continues to play up its more media-heavy features. It's got a 4-inch Retina display, a 5-megapixel iSight camera capable of recording at 1080p, Apple's A5 processor (just a step below the A6 in the iPhone 5) and Siri. More than ever, the iPod Touch is much like an iPhone that won't make proper cellular calls. It will also use the new Lightning connector.
The Touch also supports Bluetooth, and is rated for 40 hours of music playback, or eight if you're watching video.
The new Touch will sell for $249, and also ships in October in five different colors. If none of these new features sound like your bag, the previous generation of Touch can still be had at $199 for 16GB.