During Apple’s annual music event Steve Jobs unveiled the “biggest change in the iPod lineup ever” by announcing all new designs for every model. iPod touch was certainly the main focus of the event and the new iPod touch 4G has proved to be a major upgrade when compared with any previous version.
When people would compare an iPhone with iPod touch they were always amazed with how thin the iPod touch was. Apple did not change the design of third gen iPod touch when it was introduced and it was difficult to imagine if this device could be thinner. The new iPod touch turned out to be thinner than the previous gen model and also supports many new features.
Apple’s new iPod touch features the same A4 chip which powers the iPhone 4, 24-bit color LED retina display, 3-axis gyro, front camera for Facetime and rear facing camera for HD video recording.
Top tech sites have published their reviews of the device and it has mostly received positive comments. PCMag.com in its detailed review noted that the rear facing camera works well as a “non-dedicated low-resolution camera” but the absence of LED flash makes taking images in low light environments ”rather challenging” In their concluding comments PC Magazine’s, lead analyst for audio & video, Tim Gideon added “But with an entry point of $229, you do get a camera, HD video recorder, music and video player, portable gaming console, Web browser, e-mail, and app device in one slick, pocket-size package. There’s just no other portable media player that can do what the iPod touch can do.”
Engadget’s Editor-in-chief, Joshua Topolsky in his review of the new iPod touch highlighted the fact that even though the device now features retina display with four times the pixels it does not have the same IPS panel which is found in iPhone 4. The audio output via the built-in speakers was reported to be not very loud and is only for casual listening. In conclusion the review stated that “the touch isn’t without faults — the lack of GPS and a fairly low-quality still camera come to mind” but “With the addition of HD video shooting, the new Retina Display, and a faster A4 processor, the touch has just gone from “nice to have” to nearly irresistible.”