As expected, Apple yesterday introduced a brand new iPod Touch that inches the device ever so closer to the iPhone. Much like the iPhone 4, the latest iteration of the iPod Touch comes equipped with Apple’s high-res Retina Display, an A4 processor, a rear HD camera, a front facing camera with FaceTime support, a speedy A4 processor, and a 3-axis gyroscope. And with the ability to shoot HD video, the iPod Touch will also be able to make use of Apple’s mobile iMovie offering, an app which was previously and exclusively available on the iPhone 4.
Starting next week, the next-gen iPod Touch will be available in 3 capacities. $229 for the 8GB model, $299 for the 32GB model, and $399 for the 64GB model.
In a press release announcing the latest iPod upgrades, Steve Jobs noted:
We’ve put our most advanced technology inside the new iPod touch. Whether you’re listening to music, playing games, making FaceTime video calls, browsing the web, capturing HD video or watching TV shows and movies, the new iPod touch with its Retina display, A4 chip and 3-axis gyro is more fun than ever.
The device, which Apple touts as the world’s most portable game player, will come equipped with iOS 4.1 which will include Apple’s long anticipated Game Center. Game Center will allow iPod touch users, or shall we call them gamers, to compare their scores and achievements against other players and engage in multiplayer gaming. It will also help users discover new games their friends happen to be playing.
Aesthetically, the latest iPod Touch is a tad slimmer than last year’s model, measuring in at a svelte 2.3 inches. Some other notes of interest include: The latest Touch supports up to 40 hours of audio playback, 7 hours of video playback, and can fast charge to 80% of battery capacity in just 2 hours.