Apple announced not only the iPhone 5 during today’s keynote, they showed us new iPods as well, most notably, the 5th generation iPod Touch. At only 6.1mm thin, this new design is almost as thin as the iPod Nano. Sporting an aluminum back and weighing in at a mere 88 grams, it is the lightest iPod Touch that Apple has ever launched.
The redesigned iPod Touch also features the same new 4″ display that accompanies the iPhone 5 and is powered by an the A5 chip which boasts a dual core processor , dual-core graphics, and a CPU that is up to two times faster than the current generation. Battery life has been increased as well, giving the new iPod Touch up to 40 hours of music playback.
This is a huge update for Apple’s flagship iPod as it is also receiving a built in iSight camera. The camera has also been upgraded to include an LED flash, 5 megapixel sensor, backside illumination, hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, and the sapphire crystal lens. Panorama mode, which fully integrates panoramic photography into iOS using the native camera app has also been added. Apple touts the device as being able to rival point and shoot cameras. It appears that with the upgraded photo capabilities, Apple is attempting to further encroach on the ailing point and shoot market by adding the iPod Touch Loop which is essentially a bracelet that goes around your wrist while attaching to the device, making it perfect for use as a camera while lessening the chances that you will drop and break it. The FaceTime HD camera shoots at 720p, includes backside illumination, and face detection.
The 5th generation iPod Touch also supports Air-Play Mirroring for the very first time. This is a huge step forward for this device as it will allow for games to be played and mirrored onto a TV connected to an Apple TV box. Apple has also chosen to add support for its virtual assistant, Siri and is offering the device in a choice of 5 different colors.