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Apple intros FaceTime-capable iPod touch 4G

Apple today introduced its fourth-generation iPod touch, featuring a FaceTime-capable front-facing camera. The new touch also sports a new HD video recording rear-facing camera and microphone, the same Apple A4 chip that powers the iPhone 4, a 960x640 retina display, and a 3-axis gyroscope. Physically, the new iPod touch is thinner than its predecessors and features a slightly curved, flatter back, and a new speaker port near the Dock Connector. Notably, both the front- and rear-facing cameras will be capable of still photography, with the former capped at 640x480 resolution and the latter capped at 960x720. The devices will be available next week and will be priced at $229 for the 8GB model, $299 for the 32GB version, and $399 for the 64GB model.

Note that the fourth-generation iPod touch gains limited 802.11n support (2.4GHz only), like the iPhone 4, joining Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and has a promised audio run time of 40 hours, versus 7 hours of video. H.264 and M-JPEG video codecs now support 1280x720-resolution 720p HD videos, as well as 1024x768 output via Apple’s previously-released iPad VGA to Dock Connector Adapter. The device does not have GPS hardware and thus supports geo-tagging only when connected to a Wi-Fi network. FaceTime video calling is handled via a dedicated FaceTime application, with an icon that looks like a white camera on a green background.

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@Farnsworth (#19): The problem is that a “full” GPS chip would cost more to implement and would also require some significant hardware changes to provide better antenna reception.  Almost all mobile phones use some form of AGPS (there are differing implementations, but they all rely on cellular towers).  Even the Nokia E90 and N95 were supposed to use AGPS but didn’t.  I believe a later firmware update fixed that, but I had already abandoned it for the iPhone by that point.

The same GPS technology in the iPod touch or non-3G iPad simply wouldn’t work very well at all—they’d have to go with a full GPS chipset and antenna design, increasing costs for what is arguably not a primary feature of the device.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on September 2, 2010 at 2:01 PM (PDT)

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any word one when these iPods are gonna be hitting stores?

Posted by Reggie Dolack on September 2, 2010 at 2:08 PM (PDT)

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Apple’s messing with your heads.  They never listen to what their customers want.  The best thing then is, don’t be their customer.  They could easily have put a GPS in their ipod touch, and crossfade, and all the other features that they DELIBERATELY left out.

Posted by Sam on March 2, 2011 at 1:03 AM (PDT)

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