Apple announces new iPod touch, nano and shuffle

Apple hosted their first web stream today in years, and introduced a variety of new products and software updates.

Apple showed off their entire line up of refreshed iPod products, including the iPod touch and iPod Nano. First on Apple's release list is the iPod touch 4th generation. The new iPod touch will feature a similar body to that of the iPhone 4. The iPod touch 4G will come with a 960 x 720px rear camera, front facing camera and will feature a Retina display. The Touch includes the A4 chip that powers the iPhone, 3-axis Gyro, FaceTime and up to 40 hours of music playback. Users can FaceTime between other iPod touch's and iPhones.

The iPod touch will retail for $229 for the 8GB model, $299 for the 32GB, and $399 for the 64GB model. They are all available for pre-order today, and will ship next week.

The new iPod Nano will have a multi-touch screen and run a similar, more compact operating system. The small device will feature 4 icons on the device, per screen, with a full iPod, Fitness, Clock, Voicenotes, built-in FM radio, photos and many more. With a swipe of your finger, you can rotate the screen and flip it any direction you want, so the screen is always oriented correctly. The iPod Nano will be available in a variety of colours.

The iPod Nano will have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack and volume up and down buttons, similar to the iPhone 4. The iPod Nano will sell for $149 for the 8GB model, and $179 for the 16GB model.

The iPod Shuffle was also refreshed. The updated model includes a smaller frame, with easier to touch buttons. The Shuffle will not feature a screen, but you can easily navigate through songs with a click of the wheel. The iPod Shuffle will retail for $49.99.

The iPod touch, Nano and Shuffle will all ship next week and are available for pre-order today.

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I miss a 128GB iPod Touch and a 64GB iPhone.
Hey, none of the iPods have more memory than their previous generation. That blows a bit

PsykX said,
I miss a 128GB iPod Touch and a 64GB iPhone.
Hey, none of the iPods have more memory than their previous generation. That blows a bit
I'd rather more reliable storage than more storage. Not looking forward to the day I've overstepped the write amount on my iPhone. Then again, I doubt they're improving reliability either. Wishful thinking?

PsykX said,
I miss a 128GB iPod Touch and a 64GB iPhone.
Hey, none of the iPods have more memory than their previous generation. That blows a bit

As I stated in a reply above, I don't think that flash memory prices have gone down any in the last year or so, which means that Apple couldn't really add more storage without adding cost as well.

roadwarrior said,

As I stated in a reply above, I don't think that flash memory prices have gone down any in the last year or so, which means that Apple couldn't really add more storage without adding cost as well.

i believe next year they'll introduce a 128 gb ipod touch, Classic will be surely discontinued.

U turn with the Shuffle - one I welcome, glad to see the controls back, altrhough not sure about the black wheel for the silver one.

wotsit said,
U turn with the Shuffle - one I welcome, glad to see the controls back, altrhough not sure about the black wheel for the silver one.

Oh it depends, I like the black color on top of the grey one. Plus, it fits their Mac lines much more

The new iPod Nano's should have kept the video playback feature for Movies, Music Videos and TV Shows. Good thing I have one.

Finally the iPod Touch gets a built-in mic! It's tempting to get one since it would make for a great wi-fi phone with Skype and would certainly make for a nice music player when taking my walks.

I don't understand why Apple didn't put a 5 MP camera for the back camera like they did with the iPhone. 960x720 isn't exactly a high resolution.

The nano's design looks way too small for a touch screen in my opinion.

is it just me or did they just give the nano a touch screen, chop it in half, call the screen "nano" and the wheel "shuffle"?

lol, no camera on the new Nanos. Know why? The last one was such a let down.

Having to open the device to get the vids off of it? Only being able to take videos, and not pictures? I mean, how often do I want to capture a quick moment with a video? I'd much rather have only pictures, so I could easily snap a photo of the fireplace to show my friends, instead of a wobbly video of about 30 seconds taking up a s---load of my harddrive space.

It's to bad they had to go **** up the ipod nano. I have the 3rd gen or which ever one it was that was the last one that didn't do video recording. I LOVE that thing. The size is perfect. It rides in my car, because I LOVE the physical buttons. It's the reason I didn't get the touch. I generally have my hand on the device and pause my podcast when I approach a stop sign . I also mow the lawn with it in my pocket and walk to the bars with it every Friday night. So sad they had to go **** it up. As for the new Ipod touch, hmmmm. I think I might pick one up to do invoices on. I REALLY want to replace my aging Dell xaim v51. I always loose the stylus, and it's not finger friendly.

That new iPod touch is mighty tempting! just struggling to justify upgrading from my barely a year old Gen 3 touch

AnalogKid82 said,
A year later and the iPod Touch, which is potentially replacing the Classic, still holds only 64GB?

Flash prices haven't really gone down much (if any) in the last year.

Glad to see that Apple can accept when they made a mistake - and put buttons back on the Shuffle. Not sure WHAT they were thinking when they made that design change for the last gen version!

The Nano looks spectacularly cool.. will have to check one out at some point

The article is wrong!
The back camera is not 5 Megapixel
It has a resolution of 960x720. (see Apple's specs page)

The iphone 4 does have a 5M back camera.

Apple has just cannibalized the Nano. No more video? is it a joke? I don't really care about the camera, but killing video support is the worst thing they could do to it. Moving to an iPod Touch is not an option either, it weighs three times as much as the 4/5th gen Nano, and as its undoubtedly bigger it's not as comfy to carry with you.

gonchuki said,
Apple has just cannibalized the Nano. No more video? is it a joke? I don't really care about the camera, but killing video support is the worst thing they could do to it. Moving to an iPod Touch is not an option either, it weighs three times as much as the 4/5th gen Nano, and as its undoubtedly bigger it's not as comfy to carry with you.

Ah don't tell me you would watch any video on this incredibly small new screen. I mean, I've seen people watching stuff on cheap mp4 players with small panels but this is really small.

Thrasko said,

Ah don't tell me you would watch any video on this incredibly small new screen. I mean, I've seen people watching stuff on cheap mp4 players with small panels but this is really small.


that's the point, they reduced the screen so much that they made worthless to have video playback.
I'm used to carrying my Nano everywhere, I don't want 2 different gadgets because one is bad for running and general portability and the other is bad for video playback. I even use the TV out quite often, so if I ever want to upgrade I will be confronted with an ugly scenario: lose the video feature, or lose the portability.

Techno_Funky said,
The iPod touch is a total win, me will getz this

Yeah, just ordered the 32GB iPod Touch. Lol, a good looking toy. Might help me kill some time while travelling around or riding the subway.

Euphoria said,

Yeah, just ordered the 32GB iPod Touch. Lol, a good looking toy. Might help me kill some time while travelling around or riding the subway.

No, that's what the iPad is for...

Kinda stupid to not add FM Radio to the iPod Touch, but the new iPod Touch is definitely worth its price!

Navan said,
Kinda stupid to not add FM Radio to the iPod Touch, but the new iPod Touch is definitely worth its price!

Nah, they want you to buy both the Nano and the iPod Touch, it's not stupid.

Right so let me get this straight? Steve Jobs says they got it wrong removing the buttons from the shuffle so theyre bringing them back only to remove the buttons from the nano?
and people worship the ground this guy walks on lol.

The nano still has controls on the device though. It has physical volume buttons and a touchscreen for the other controls. The old shuffle had neither, all of the controls were on the cord for the headphones.

the better twin said,
Right so let me get this straight? Steve Jobs says they got it wrong removing the buttons from the shuffle so theyre bringing them back only to remove the buttons from the nano?
and people worship the ground this guy walks on lol.

+10 right hate to admit that. lol

Wow, they ruined the nano. The last design was so much better. Why use a touch screen on a device that small?

Blasius said,
Wow, they ruined the nano. The last design was so much better. Why use a touch screen on a device that small?

Agreed. I was hoping for them to remove the click wheel but include a touch screen which blended with the hardware in the place of the Click wheel.

Jan said,

Agreed. I was hoping for them to remove the click wheel but include a touch screen which blended with the hardware in the place of the Click wheel.

My Samsung P3 has the older Nano form with touchscreen and 32 gb of storage.

Blasius said,
Wow, they ruined the nano. The last design was so much better. Why use a touch screen on a device that small?

For starters, there's no camera on the new nano. Presumably they want those users to move up to a touch.

The small size of the nano, with a touch screen, kind of makes it look like a non wearable watch on steroids.

rm20010 said,

For starters, there's no camera on the new nano. Presumably they want those users to move up to a touch.

The small size of the nano, with a touch screen, kind of makes it look like a non wearable watch on steroids.

Wow, it could be a kinda neat watch... haha

Damn It. I keep waiting for 120GB iPod Touch. Look like they never release such a thing.

Other than that, all are awesome today. itunes 10 with social networking bombshell. Airplay look like a copy feature of "Play To" from Windows Media Player of Windows 7. Well, who can stop them? Nice to have it on all devices.

Microsoft could be shaking right now. They need to step up the game. They are too slow for everything.

satus said,

Microsoft could be shaking right now. They need to step up the game. They are too slow for everything.

Kinda doubt they are shaking. Not even in the same market with a lot of their products.

techbeck said,

Kinda doubt they are shaking. Not even in the same market with a lot of their products.

What are you talking about???? Zune Zune Zune. You forgot?

satus said,

What are you talking about???? Zune Zune Zune. You forgot?

Relax, I said a lot of their products, not all. MS gets money not only from their OS and MP3 player and are in different markets than Apple with their other products. Like office and the xbox to name a couple. So I doubt they are scared of Apple.

MS should take the place with a large capacity Zune, based on WP7
.....and maybe even release it outside NA too, arsehats.

acnpt said,
MS should take the place with a large capacity Zune, based on WP7
.....and maybe even release it outside NA too, arsehats.

i dont usually do this as i think it usually adds nothing whatsoever but +1 to you lol.

satus said,
Airplay look like a copy feature of "Play To" from Windows Media Player of Windows 7.

I would presume that BOTH features ('play to' and 'airplay') are just each companies implementation of the DLNA spec. Nothing new to see here.

satus said,
Damn It. I keep waiting for 120GB iPod Touch. Look like they never release such a thing.

Other than that, all are awesome today. itunes 10 with social networking bombshell.

Microsoft could be shaking right now. They need to step up the game. They are too slow for everything.


Thank-you for confirming that old stereo-type that it does not exist until Apple introduces it.
MS stopps making a HDD based Zune, they are ignoring the market. Apple stops making them, and comments on other sites is claiming it is revolutionary, much like Apple stopping to include floppy drives.
MS has the Social for the Zune, it is claimed that nobody wants to share music experiences, nobody wants to see what others are listening to, and so on and so on. 4 years later (Cupertino, start your copy machines) Wow, ping is the most genius thing ever, MS must be shaking right now.

nohone said,

Blah blah blah

Sure it existed, however Apple tends to make things more usable, and actually markets these features. As a result it tends to be more popular, than Microsoft's sometimes poor efforts.

acnpt said,

Sure it existed, however Apple tends to make things more usable, and actually markets these features. As a result it tends to be more popular, than Microsoft's sometimes poor efforts.


New and revolutionary! The Nano has a video camera! Look at these cool effects you can do, like a terminator overlay! That crap from MS, what do they call it? a Zone? It does not have a camera, and that proves how behind the times they are!
New and revolutionary! We got rid of that video camera on the Nano! Nobody wants that outdated thing!

Who needs that Windows Media Center from M$, we have the AppleTV! Send us your money, not M$, but keep putting that $ in their name, because they are all about money, not Apple.

New and revolutionary! The Nano has a video camera! Look at these cool effects you can do, like a terminator overlay! That crap from MS, what do they call it? a Zone? It does not have a camera, and that proves how behind the times they are!
New and revolutionary! We got rid of that video camera on the Nano! Nobody wants that outdated thing!

Who needs that Windows Media Center from M$, we have the AppleTV! Send us your money, not M$, but keep putting that $ in their name, because they are all about money, not Apple.

Zune has too many buttons, so we will make the most useful device ever, the Shuffle. It has no buttons! People hate buttons, they keep you from doing what you want. The Win Phone 7, it has too many buttons, but the Shuffle was so wonderful we will add many buttons.

The Zune has too small a touch screen, so let's make the smallest touch screen available and it will be praised for being the innovation it is!

Video on the Zune is horrible because the screen is too small, but it is wonderful on the Nano. But nobody watches video on these small of devices, so let's remove it from the Nano.

nohone said,
New and revolutionary! The Nano has a video camera! Look at these cool effects you can do, like a terminator overlay! That crap from MS, what do they call it? a Zone? It does not have a camera, and that proves how behind the times they are!
New and revolutionary! We got rid of that video camera on the Nano! Nobody wants that outdated thing!

Who needs that Windows Media Center from M$, we have the AppleTV! Send us your money, not M$, but keep putting that $ in their name, because they are all about money, not Apple.

Zune has too many buttons, so we will make the most useful device ever, the Shuffle. It has no buttons! People hate buttons, they keep you from doing what you want. The Win Phone 7, it has too many buttons, but the Shuffle was so wonderful we will add many buttons.

The Zune has too small a touch screen, so let's make the smallest touch screen available and it will be praised for being the innovation it is!

Video on the Zune is horrible because the screen is too small, but it is wonderful on the Nano. But nobody watches video on these small of devices, so let's remove it from the Nano.


you are my hero.

satus said,

What are you talking about???? Zune Zune Zune. You forgot?

Zune?!? The Zune failed hard, they didn't even release the thing outside NA! It might of been a good media player but restricting it to NA was a huge mistake. If they want to compete with Apple against the iPod, they need to take it global or not at all!

Xerxes said,
Zune?!? The Zune failed hard, they didn't even release the thing outside NA! It might of been a good media player but restricting it to NA was a huge mistake. If they want to compete with Apple against the iPod, they need to take it global or not at all!

.....they are taking it global, haven't you heard the news about WP7?

andrewbares said,

.....they are taking it global, haven't you heard the news about WP7?

The Zune hardware isn't, only the software is going global with WP7 though. The Zune player itself, which is what we are talking about here (and what competes directly with the iPod), failed because it was restricted to one market.

I guess I will have to contune to stick with the iPod classic. I am a big music collector and so far only the old iPod classic at 80Gb has been able to hold part of my collection. I was going to upgrade to the new iPod classic which holds more than 80GB, but I was sticking around to see if they were going to release an iTouch with over 64GB..I guess not.

I despise Apple even more since they didn't announce a new iPod classic. I guess they don't want to cater to audiophiles who have 100+ GB of music. That's a serious deal breaker for me. I lost all respect for this company.

stevensnewest said,
I despise Apple even more since they didn't announce a new iPod classic. I guess they don't want to cater to audiophiles who have 100+ GB of music. That's a serious deal breaker for me. I lost all respect for this company.

With the ability to store music, games, apps, movies.....you would think there would bigger sizes available.

stevensnewest said,
I despise Apple even more since they didn't announce a new iPod classic. I guess they don't want to cater to audiophiles who have 100+ GB of music. That's a serious deal breaker for me. I lost all respect for this company.

Oh don't be so pathetic.

techbeck said,

With the ability to store music, games, apps, movies.....you would think there would bigger sizes available.

That's exactly what I've been thinking for a couple of years now, but Apple is all about making their products as thin as a piece of paper. They would never implement a hard drive into their mobile devices.

stevensnewest said,
I despise Apple even more since they didn't announce a new iPod classic. I guess they don't want to cater to audiophiles who have 100+ GB of music. That's a serious deal breaker for me. I lost all respect for this company.

they want you to buy the 64gb ipod touch thats why. If they sold 320gb ipod classics it would hurt their ipod touch sales alot. They couldn't justify a crazy pricetag for a 1.8" hdd but they can for flash memory.

stevensnewest said,
I despise Apple even more since they didn't announce a new iPod classic. I guess they don't want to cater to audiophiles who have 100+ GB of music. That's a serious deal breaker for me. I lost all respect for this company.

I think that you answered your own complaint. Apple doesn't want to cater to a small market that isn't making them enough money to justify the resources spent on design and production.

They aren't in business to gain your respect by catering to you, they're in business to make money.

stevensnewest said,

That's exactly what I've been thinking for a couple of years now, but Apple is all about making their products as thin as a piece of paper. They would never implement a hard drive into their mobile devices.

Not just thinness, you wouldn't want a spinning disk in something that you're swinging around playing accelerometer games on anyway. I would have expected a 128gb touch, but I guess that flash prices haven't really dropped drastically lately. Probably next year.

stevensnewest said,
I despise Apple even more since they didn't announce a new iPod classic. I guess they don't want to cater to audiophiles who have 100+ GB of music. That's a serious deal breaker for me. I lost all respect for this company.

i agree, i would LOVE an updated classic

stevensnewest said,
I despise Apple even more since they didn't announce a new iPod classic. I guess they don't want to cater to audiophiles who have 100+ GB of music. That's a serious deal breaker for me. I lost all respect for this company.

An audiophile wouldn't buy an iPod in the first place since there are way better alternatives if you want sound quality.

stevensnewest said,
I despise Apple even more since they didn't announce a new iPod classic. [...] I lost all respect for this company.

Wow, I wouldn't like being a company and you, a customer. It doesn't take much to be in a free fall, eh? :-S

stevensnewest said,
I despise Apple even more since they didn't announce a new iPod classic. I guess they don't want to cater to audiophiles who have 100+ GB of music. That's a serious deal breaker for me. I lost all respect for this company.

Even using lossless you'd have more than 125 hours of music on the 64gb ipod touch. If you use 256kbps it's like 20 days. Surely you can make it back to your computer in that time to sync. I have my 16gb iPhone setup to keep about half with my favorite songs and swap out any thing on the other half. I have about 98gb library and never feel like I'm missing something.

You could also setup something like simplify and have access anywhere you have wifi. I gave up on having my "entire" collection with me ages ago. Just not practical or necessary especially with an internet connection.

grockk said,

Even using lossless you'd have more than 125 hours of music on the 64gb ipod touch. If you use 256kbps it's like 20 days. Surely you can make it back to your computer in that time to sync. I have my 16gb iPhone setup to keep about half with my favorite songs and swap out any thing on the other half. I have about 98gb library and never feel like I'm missing something.

You could also setup something like simplify and have access anywhere you have wifi. I gave up on having my "entire" collection with me ages ago. Just not practical or necessary especially with an internet connection.

Yeah. I mean, I have my entire music collection on a 16gb Touch, whilst I may not be an "audiophile", but even with my measly collection of music (because I "want" to buy a lot of my music for personal reasons, and that hurt pockets), I hardly ever use more than half a gb worth of music per month. I like the fact I have all my music on one device, but surely you won't listen to anything close to most songs frequently

TR1GG3R said,
why has the shuffle reverted back to the shuffle 2nd gen style ??

I agree, HORRIBLE move. I love the size and form factor of the previous shuffle. Same with the Nano, man did they screw that up in my opinion.

Still no GPS on the touch? No sale for me

TR1GG3R said,
why has the shuffle reverted back to the shuffle 2nd gen style ??

Apple must have realized that the headphone adapters people were buying for the third generation shuffles were crappy for the most part. They break easily. I got one for my shuffle and shortly after, both volume buttons only decreased the volume (but the volume buttons worked with my touch, which was weird).

That said, I also agree with MR_Candyman that despite this issue with the adapters, the form factor of the shuffle is nice and tiny. I suppose the fourth generation shuffle is pretty much the same as the second except for VoiceOver added in. If they removed VoiceOver from this, then that's stupid beyond belief.

rm20010 said,
I suppose the fourth generation shuffle is pretty much the same as the second except for VoiceOver added in. If they removed VoiceOver from this, then that's stupid beyond belief.

The fourth gen shuffle is smaller than the second gen model (it's just a small square around the control button, the older one was rectangular and a good bit longer). It also comes in higher capacities, if I'm not mistaken.

roadwarrior said,

The fourth gen shuffle is smaller than the second gen model (it's just a small square around the control button, the older one was rectangular and a good bit longer). It also comes in higher capacities, if I'm not mistaken.

I see.

Also curious as to how you activate VoiceOver on the new shuffle. Do you hold down the play/pause button as you would on the headphone remotes?

The smallest iPod Shuffle was a bad idea IMO. Controls ARE needed on that device. They pushed the size factor too far. I'm glad they went back on this decision.

qdave said,
Interesting lineup. too bad nano does not look as good as it used to...it slike shuffle with screen.

man its getting nano..lolz

qdave said,
Interesting lineup. too bad nano does not look as good as it used to...it slike shuffle with screen.

man its getting nano..lolz

nohone said,
Hey iPod users, welcome to the social!
The iPod will get the last laugh though, MS never bothered to release the Zune outside of NA (yeah I know you can import it, but it's not the point).

dotf said,

+1

Zune FTW!!!!!


Zune for the fail you mean Unless you live in NA (or not a tech enthusiast) you wouldn't even know what the Zune was! there is a while world outside NA you know

Xerxes said,
The iPod will get the last laugh though, MS never bothered to release the Zune outside of NA (yeah I know you can import it, but it's not the point).


Zune for the fail you mean Unless you live in NA (or not a tech enthusiast) you wouldn't even know what the Zune was! there is a while world outside NA you know

The point is, it took Apple over 3 years to finally copy Microsoft's idea. Zune's are beast.

Xerxes said,
The iPod will get the last laugh though, MS never bothered to release the Zune outside of NA (yeah I know you can import it, but it's not the point).
Zune for the fail you mean Unless you live in NA (or not a tech enthusiast) you wouldn't even know what the Zune was! there is a while world outside NA you know

Maybe, but the quality of a product has nothing to do with where it's released.

+1 Zune for the win. It's a fantastic little device that simply amazes and performs better than anything i've ever used. At least with the Zune, the focus is on the music, the presentation of it, and the sound quality to match.

LiquidSolstice said,

Maybe, but the quality of a product has nothing to do with where it's released.

+1 Zune for the win. It's a fantastic little device that simply amazes and performs better than anything i've ever used. At least with the Zune, the focus is on the music, the presentation of it, and the sound quality to match.

I don't doubt the Zune is as good as people claim (I was planning to buy one till MS decided it was to be NA only, I saw no point importing since the Zune Marketplace is also NA only). However, what is the point of having an awesome device and restricting it to one market? it's an epic fail, even MS have practically admitted it and are ditching it in favor of incorporating it ['s software] into the WP7 platform (and have with Xbox Live). Let's just hope they give that better international support then the Zune hardware got.

I'm sure if I lived in NA I'd feel the same as you about the Zune too, but I don't and because of MS's lack of international support for the device I find it hard to agree with you. That is my 2 cents.

May get the nano for my niece since she is old enough to properly take care of things now. Plus she is on the honor roll and has been asking for a nano for a while. Never liked the nano/shuffle size tho. Seems like it would be easy to lose.

techbeck said,
May get the nano for my niece since she is old enough to properly take care of things now. Plus she is on the honor roll and has been asking for a nano for a while. Never liked the nano/shuffle size tho. Seems like it would be easy to lose.

Cool story.