Not happy with updating the entire iPhone product line and iTunes, Apple has today updated the iPod lineup with a couple of updated models.
First is the new iPod nano, which has been totally redesigned to resemble short and stubby iPhone devices. The new iPod nano still doesn’t run traditional iOS, and therefor won’t run iOS apps or have access to any advanced functionality, however the UI has been redesigned to more closely resemble the traditional iOS design. It’s got a built in FM tuner, regains video support, a pedometer built in with Nike+ support, and built in Bluetooth, and the new Lightning connector. The new iPod nano will be released this October for $149, and will have 16GB of storage.
Apple has also announced a totally redesigned iPod touch, giving the device the same new larger display as the iPhone 5. It’s also noticeably thinner, coming in at 6.1 mm, and weighing only 88 grams – making this the thinnest and lightest iPod touch yet. Bundled in is Apple’s A5 SoC, which is featured in the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and Apple TV. Apple boasts that the new iPod touch is 2x faster than the previous model.
The new iPod touch also gets a much boosted camera with up to 40 hour life while playing music, as well as a hugely improved camera that borrows heavily from the new iPhone 5 – complete with the new “Sapphire” lens. The new iPod touch’s camera will however be limited to taking 5MP shots, while the iPhone 5 has an 8MP camera. It will come bundled with Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n wifi, and 720p HD video recording.
Perhaps notably, the new iPod touch will also also be the first iPod touch to get Siri functionality, and will be the first iOS device to come in colors other than just black and white – the new iPod touch comes in white, black, blue, yellow, and red. The new iPod touch will go for $299 for a 32GB model and $399 for a 64GB model, and will be released this October.
Updated @ 2:40 PM EST to include availability and pricing information.