Apple Makes the iPod touch More Powerful, More Affordable

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Apple refreshed its iPod touch line today, introducing two models that are faster and have higher storage capacity. In addition, it has started offering a third model at just $200.

Apple iPod touchThe latest versions of this device have not been redesigned, and despite what earlier rumors said, do not have built-in cameras or integrated microphones. Any changes are internal.

These devices are being released with a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iPhone 3.1.

New High-End Models
Apple bumped up the capacity of the iPod touch line by releasing a 64 GB model that sells for $400. It is also offering a 32 GB version of this device for $300.

The 64 GB model holds up to 14,000 songs, 90,000 photos or 80 hours of video.

These two have new processors that Apple claims make them twice as fast as their predecessors. This is clearly the same chip that improved the performance in the new iPhone 3GS.

They also get support for better graphics with Open GL ES 2.0.

A Less-Expensive Option
Apple is also offering an 8 GB iPod touch from the previous generation of devices for $200, making it the least expensive option yet in this series.

This model doesn’t have the faster processor of the pricer versions.

More about the iPod touch
For those who are unfamiliar with it, the iPod touch line is essentially an iPhone without the phone.

It has a slim tablet shape, with a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a built-in accelerometer and speaker.

It can run the same software that the iPhone can, an has emerged as one of the most popular mobile gaming platforms around.

“You get a great iPod, a great pocket computer with the industry’s best mobile web browser and a great game player, all in this super-thin beautiful enclosure,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

Source: Apple



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