iPod Touch 4 with Retina display and double camera announced – Breaking News
With the live Apple Music event just concluding we are happy to announce that Apple has officially launched the brand new iPod Touch 4 with Retina display, front facing facetime camera, and a rear HD video camera as well.
It looks like most of what has been rumoured has been delivered today, with the important parts being Retina display and camera. The new 4th generation iPod Touch 4 has also received the new Apple A4 chipset for improved processing, and it has all been packaged into an even slimmer designed iPod Touch.
With the new iOS 4.1 for the new iPod Touch 4 also comes Gamecenter for social gaming between friends + many other new features.
Older rumours around the iPod Touch 4 follows below.
Retina display and leaked images of facetime camera
With only weeks expected until Apple announces the new 2010/11 range of Apple iPods, new leaked images of what could be the iPod Touch 4 with facetime camera has found their way into the market. Components in the images are clearly marked with Apple, but so far no official word on if this is actually images of the 4th generation iPod Touch.
Further information also suggest that the new iPod Touch 4 will receive the same Retina display as the iPhone 4.
facetime, camera, and 3G data plans
Following some John Lewis based “leaks” the next generation iPod Touch 4 will get many of the new features found in the iPhone 4, including the camera and facetime functionality. However many other online sources think this might be too good to be true, and that we are more likely to see a camera similiar to iPhone 3GS, and if we are lucky facetime and 3G version of the iPod Touch 4.
Release of iOS4 and iPhone 4
With the release of the iPhone 4 and the announcement of the iOS 4, which by the way will be a free upgrade for all 2nd and 3rd generation iPod Touch owners, there are some positive possibilities to take out of it.
The iPhone 4 has received the A4 chipset from Apple, as well as an improved battery and of course the 5 megapixel camera, including a forward facing one for video calling. Given what Apple has been able fit into a smaller framed iPhone 4, there should be nothing stopping Apple from adding some of these features to the 4th generation iPod Touch 4 as well, unless they are not interested in breathing new life into the iPod Touch that is.
Firmware 3.1.3 reveals iPod Touch G4 code name N80
In the aftermath of the Apple iPad launch and the upgraded iPhone 3.2 SDK and 3.1.3 firmware, Engadget has been digging deep into the code of the firmware upgrade revealing references to two new models, the N89 and the N80. They have strong sources indicating that the N89 is the code name of the coming iPhone 4G, whilst the code name N80 is in reference to the 4th generation iPod Touch G4.
Older news and rumors around the 4th generation iPod Touch 4G follows below.
The iPod Touch vs Apple iPad
In many ways the Apple iPad is like an oversized iPod Touch, with some added features, features that we might be getting with the next iPod Touch as well. In the aftermath of the iPad launch it also became known that Apple has changed their mind over VOiP apps over 3G network, revising their Program License Agreement together with the newly released Software Development Kit, opening up for apps to utilize the cellular networks. As we now know, the Apple iPad will feature a micro SIM card tray, so the question has to be raised; will the 4th generation iPod Touch 4G feature a SIM card tray as well?
The way we see it there is no doubt that the Apple iPad will have an impact on the sales of the iPod Touch in the future. Given its price point, closer to the iPod Touch, its larger screen, and the addition of iBook, there is going to be some cannibalization between these two Apple products. However we believe that the iPod Touch will still have a strong future if Apple delivers the same functionality in the 4th generation iPod Touch.
Give the iPod Touch an improved processor, SIM card tray with 3G data connectivity and unlocked data plans, and a camera, and Apple might just get the portable gaming device that will complement the Apple iPad. That combination will however raise the question around the balance between the iPod Touch and the Apple iPad on one hand, and the iPhone - it is a fine balance Apple is walking to ensure that all products deliver the optimum for the bottomline and value for the shareholders.
Camera and flash
Ever since Apple announced the 3rd generation iPod Touch without camera back in September 2009 we have all been scratching our heads wondering what happened and why. With the likely issue being problems with a camera sensor that has now been fixed, we are again looking at camera for the iPod Touch, and perhaps the 4th generation iPod Touch G4 will come earlier than September 2010.
Some have speculated in the iPod Touch getting an iPod Nano type video camera as early as spring this year, but we think that would just lead to more dissappointment from the hords of iPod Touch fans out there. With the latest rumors that Apple is looking to purchase LED flash camera components for the iPhone 4G, expected summer this year, there should be hope that the same components can also find their way into the iPod Touch 4G 4th generation, with perhaps a slightly earlier release date than the normal September for iPod renewals.
Although this is speculations based on rumors around the iPhone 4G, we could be looking at a 4th generation iPod Touch G4 featuring a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, something that would be a significant boost over the current model, especially of combined with other expected features.
Some of the other features one could expect from the 4th generation iPod Touch G4 would be:
- Improved capacity to 128GB with the new NAND flash memory chips
- Improved processing speeds and network capabilities
- Multitasking with background processing of applications
- Improved battery life
Some of the above are more likely than others as Apple has always improved the iPod Touch once a year with improved components. With gaming use and the increase in apps that are getting more and more resource heavy, improved battery life is turning out to be a popular request, and a very welcomed improvement.
We will be back with more information as more the sources become more reliable about the 4th generation iPod Touch G4.