Apple has unveiled its next-generation iPod touch. It looks like an iPhone 5, with the same 4 inch, 1136 x 640 pixel display. But the 5th-generation iPod touch doesn’t make phone calls, it’s even thinner than the new iPhone, and it has a last-generation processor.
It’s available for purchase for $299 and up. That’s more expensive than last the 4th gen model, but that’s because the new iPod touch has a faster processor, bigger screen, and a better camera, among other improvements.
The 5th-gen iPod touch measures 6.1mm (0.24 inches) thick and weighs 88 grams (3.1 ounces). It’s the thinnest and lightest iPod touch to date, even though it has the largest screen yet.
It’s powered by an Apple A5 processor — much like the iPad 2 or the iPhone 4. That’s a step up from the 4th generation iPod touch, which has an A4 chip, but it falls short of the new A6 processor in the iPhone 5. Apple says that chip offers twice the graphics and CPU performance of an A5.
Apple says the iPod touch is the “world’s most popular” media player, and also portable gaming device — and the new dual core chip should help boost gaming performance.
The new iPod touch has a 5MP camera, LED flash and autofocus — features which weren’t available on the fixed-focus camera on the last iPod touch.
Apple is also included a panorama mode and support for 1080p HD video recording with the rear camera.
Like the iPhone 5, there’s a new FaceTime HD front-facing camera which can shoot 720p video, and the company has added an optional wrist strap which comes in handy if you plan to use the iPod touch as a point-and-shoot camera, or hand it to your kid for mobile gaming.
Apple is adding Bluetooth 4.0 to the iPod touch, along with dual-channel 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi.
The iPod touch also now gets AirPlay mirroring support, letting you pair the device with an Apple TV to stream games, videos, or other content to a TV.
And for the first time, you can now use Siri voice recognition on the iPod touch.
Apple will offer 5 color options: yellow, pink, blue, black, and white.
The 5th-gen iPod touch goes up for pre-order this week and should ship in October. A 32GB model costs $299, while a 64GB model runs $399.
Apple will also offer a cheaper option: The 4th-gen iPod touch. The company is keeping the older models alive, but it’s phasing out the 8GB version.
You can now pick up a 4th generation 16GB iPod touch for $199 or a 32GB model for $249.