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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