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Brand New Details On the iPod touch 4G

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By Jeremy Horwitz

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Published: Thursday, August 26, 2010
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According to a source who would have reason to know, the fourth-generation iPod touch is changing back shapes—sorry, readers who have been posting with love for the dome-like curved iPod touch 2G/3G back, but that’s going away. And it’s not going to be glass like the iPhone 4, for all of you folks who were fearing accidental shatters like the ones we’ve heard Apple Stores are continuing to see on a daily basis. The new shape is…

Familiar. Think of the top of a MacBook Pro, only smaller, which is to say flat rather than curved at the center—closer to the look of the first-generation iPod touch’s back, only with modifications. The rear camera is there, but there is still some question as to whether what’s next to it will be a LED flash like the one in the iPhone 4, or a microphone like the one next to the video camera of the iPod nano. We’ve been told to expect a microphone rather than a flash, with a continuation of the bottom-mounted headphone port and Dock Connector port.

And we’re continuing to hear from sources that the little touchscreen device—the one with the sub-2-inch screen—is being thought of as a nano rather than a shuffle, even though it doesn’t make much sense to us. We’ll know more soon enough.

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1

But what I need to know is what materials the back will be made out of? Hopefully it won’t be the same scratch and fingerprint magnet that it has been for years. Anyhow I really look forward to this event and hope apple will define the lines of where it is going with it’s line of Idevices.

Posted by weirdalguy360 on August 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM (PDT)

2

I somehow find it hard to believe that the next touch will have a microphone next to the camera… that just doesn’t make sense or add up based on how the iPhone 4 looks. If ever the microphone should be at the bottom section of the device where it could pick up sounds from the front and back sides of the phone. While this is no smart phone, if the touch truly inherits features from newly-released iPhones this should have a flash next to the camera. Even the Dell Streak which is supposed to be somewhat it’s competitor has 2 LED flashes next to the 5 megapixel camera.

What I want to know is whether we will see the 5 megapixel camera from the iPhone 4 get ported over or will we I be underwhelmed with a 3.2 megapixel one. If the former then it’s an instant buy for me, if not I’ll have to wait for a 5 MP one and just enjoy my Droid for now for what it can do.

This will be the perfect companion for my Droid, with the iPod touch’s gaming and Facetime/Fring/Qik capabilities and my Droid’s WIFI tethering. grin

Posted by warbirdlove2k10 on August 28, 2010 at 3:22 AM (PDT)

3

Track record of source?

Posted by astroman33 on August 28, 2010 at 4:07 AM (PDT)

4

#2: Agreed with most everything you’ve said. A mic for FaceTime would not be optimally located on back, a la iPod nano. Just reporting on what we’ve heard, with the degree of confidence that we think is appropriate for the various details.

#3: Pretty strong. There is a lot of information floating around now, and we’re trying to share only the best of it.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on August 28, 2010 at 4:48 AM (PDT)

5

The new flat design might be explained by the fact that the 5 megapixel camera needs some extra space to fit into the case. Then, the device next to it must be a LED flash so the camera can be used as a proper photo device. I can’t understand the utility of a mic next to a 5 megapixel camera…

Posted by leside on August 28, 2010 at 8:04 AM (PDT)

6

Jeremy, point well taken on the iPod Nano 5. IMHO Apple did a questionable design decision here (having the pinhole mic right next to the camera at the bottom of the device where you would normally hold it) but the size of the device might have constrained Apple to locate them at the top part of the Nano. The iPod touch, on the other hand, is almost the same size as the iPhone (slightly shorter if you believe the leaked front panel videos on YouTube) and without the phone components, Apple should have complete freedom locating certain parts where they could be optimally used. One can argue that there’s a headset that normally comes with the device but that means Facetime would be a one (on the touch) to many conversation and not easily shareable as on the iPhone 4.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see. If iPod touch != iPhone 4 - phone then I’ll have to wait for the next update.

Posted by warbirdlove2k10 on August 28, 2010 at 1:41 PM (PDT)

7

I would not mind the ipad material on the back of the ipod touch, an i totally agree with the mic being next to a camera on a device that should have facetime use.

Posted by Austin on August 28, 2010 at 5:33 PM (PDT)

8

We have 4 iPhones at work. Each has been dropped about half a dozen times. Three have cases, one is bare. So far we have had no “shatters”, no scratches or no loss of reception. The only problem has been ATT and we all agree, we will move to verizon if the iPhone moves there.

These incidents “glass back” shattering is as much probable as the FRONT glass shattering. If you drop a phone with a glass screen, its likely to shatter at SOME point but to assume that every iPhone has shattered when it was dropped is just exaggeration.

Give me a droid, galaxy or any of the full screen smartphones and I’ll show you SHATTER. Just dont ask me to replace it.

ViNo

Posted by ViNo on August 29, 2010 at 1:52 PM (PDT)

9

Like anything it’s going to depend on the actual surface that it’s dropped on and the angle of impact.  I had an iPhone 4 that was in an older and therefore oversized case (Vaja iVolution for the 3G/3GS) and it slipped out of the case and hit the pavement from a height of about three feet.  The result was two chips in the rear glass—something I could have lived with—and a hairline crack right across the front of the screen, which of course necessitated a new device.

Keep in mind that there’s an relationship between how scratch-resistant a glass is and how [i[impact-resistant it is.  Apple has done a reasonable job of making the iPhone 4 glass scratch resistant, but the harder glass is more brittle and doesn’t survive impact well at all.

I was lucky in that Apple was able to replace my iPhone 4 at no charge since it was only a week old and it was only a hairline crack, but they looked at it pretty carefully and made it pretty clear that if it were anything more serious I would have been out $260 CAD for the damage.

Sure any phone with a glass screen is susceptible to breakage, but the design of the iPhone 4 actually exposes the more vulnerable edges of the glass, since the front and back glass essentially sit on top of the metal band.  The crack in my screen clearly began at the top corner, where an angled impact had taken a chip out of the glass.  This is also the main benefit of most of the iPhone 4 cases—they wrap around and protect these edges, leaving only the flat surface of the glass exposed in much the same way as any other full-screen phone would.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on August 29, 2010 at 2:13 PM (PDT)

10

In response to #1: get a case.  The reason Apple uses that material is because it is durable.  To exchange durability for cosmetics like fingerprint resistance seems absurd to me, especially considering what an iPod Touch costs.  I am quite content to stick with my metal case.

Posted by fospizzle on August 29, 2010 at 2:14 PM (PDT)

11

Friend has suffered cracked glass on their iPhone 4. Back suffered crack from one corner to the other. Local Apple Store have told her that they have several each day with cracked/shattered glass and they are unable to replace them.

Apple make a big thing about the “strength” of the iPhone 4 glass -
“All the breakthrough technology in iPhone 4 is situated between two glossy panels of aluminosilicate glass — the same type of glass used in the windscreens of helicopters and high-speed trains. Chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, the glass is ultra-durable and more scratch resistant than ever.”

Obviously not that ultra durable nor stronger than plastic…

Posted by Bob Levens in UK on August 29, 2010 at 3:24 PM (PDT)

12

I don’t need a cellphone—if Apple could come out with an iPod touch with all the capabilities of the iPhone minus the phone.. that would be great. I would probably pay for a data plan as well.

Posted by Andre on August 29, 2010 at 5:15 PM (PDT)

13

Why not call it iphone 5g? I know sometime next year they’re are releasing a new iphone with one new feature and possibly you don’t have to have a contract with at&t.

Posted by Someone on August 31, 2010 at 6:24 PM (PDT)

14

Problems….wanted the new Ipod Touch BUT:

1.  Camera for still photos is worst yet at .7mp
2.  There is no true GPS…just triangulated wifi
3.  No Gorilla Glass.

Sorry Apple…close but no cigar.

Posted by Dance2 on September 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM (PDT)

15

i am getting a ipod touch 4g 4 my b day should i be wanded about any thing?

Posted by nellie on October 25, 2010 at 1:20 AM (PDT)

16

I have the 4th gen, it’s a glass screen. It shatters, mine just did it this morning. It’s “dome” shaped. and it has the same scratched up back. Had it for less than a month and the back is destroyed. The——that they use on the ipods are not durable. especially the 4th gen ipod touch. The backside is durable, but the front is crap.

Posted by MollyAnna on November 7, 2010 at 12:36 AM (PDT)

17

Yea the ipod touch 4th gen. is a good little thing not durable though and still has the same crappy back

Posted by spankey on March 14, 2011 at 3:07 PM (PDT)

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