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Apple announces Fifth Generation iPod Touch with 4-inch Retina Display

Along with a new iPod Nano range, Apple announced updates to its iPod Touch models to mirror the new iPhone 5.

The fifth generation iPod Touch is just 6.1mm thick, and is much lighter as well at 88 grams. High quality anodized aluminium is the material of choice for the back of the new iPod, and hopefully it won’t be as scratch-prone as the previous models!

Apple has opted to stick a newer, faster A5 processor inside the new models. This means that users will benefit from even better gaming, with a speedier and sharper performance. All the games you love playing on your iPhone will now be compatible with the Touch.

The big change for the iPod Touch is its screen: Apple loves to change the iPod Touch to mirror its new iPhones, and this year the iPod Touch gets the same 4-inch Retina Display as the new iPhone. That’s an 1136 by 640 resolution with a pixel density of 326ppi, if you’d forgotten.

Battery life will see you through 40 hours of music listening from a single charge, which is an improvement on the last model’s performance.

On the back of the new iPod Touch you’ll find an improved camera, which is a 5-megapixel iSight sensor with backside illumination, an f/2.4 aperture 5 element lens, autofocus, an LED flash and the same hybrid IR filter as in the iPhone 5’s new camera. The front camera is now 720p HD with backside illumination and face recognition too, for better Skype and Facetime calling.

We saw some leaked case designs recently that showed a hole in the bottom right corner, and we couldn’t figure out what it was for. Now we know it’s for a pop out loop to go around your wrist, to prevent you from dropping your iPod while taking pictures and playing games. Out of all of Apple’s new stuff, this one seems quite odd and out of the ordinary for them.

Wireless has been improved overall, with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 standard and Wi-Fi 802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz for even faster web browsing and downloads.

Thanks to the new processor the iPod Touch can now do the same AirPlay Mirroring as the iPhone and iPad can, meaning that you can wirelessly beam videos and games from your iPod to a TV via Apple TV.

For the first time ever the iPod Touch will be available in different colours; black, white, blue, red and yellow to be precise, each with their matching coloured loop.

Finally, the same ‘EarPods’ new Apple headphones we recently showed you will be included with the new iPod Touch. The new iPod Touch will be available in October. Prices are: 8GB – £169, 32GB – £199, 64GB – £329.

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