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New Apple iPod Touch 2012: Everything you need to know

Power

The iPod Touch 7th Generation is now rocking the Apple A5 dual-core processor, giving it way more oomph than previous Touch models.

This means you can expect performance on a par with the iPhone 4S, more than enough grunt to handle all the extra hardware and software than Apple have packed into the latest generation iPod Touch. Users should get up to 40 hours of music playback and 8 hours of video.

Gaming

According to Apple iPod head Greg Joswick, the iPod Touch is “the world’s most popular music player… but a lot of people don’t realize that it’s also the world’s most popular videogame player as well.” The proof is in the pudding – there are now 175,000 games available on Apple App Store, and 150 million active players in Game Center.

Apple demo’ed Clumsy Ninja during their presentation, which was as much a tech demo as a game. You could shake your ninja around, tickle him and chase him around a screen, much like Nintendogs. But by Apple. And with ninjas.

The on board dual-core A5 processor should boost the new iPod Touch’s graphical capabilities sevenfold and in conjunction with the Clumsy Ninja tech demo, it’s clear that this device is extremely powerful.

Build

It’s light anodised aluminum and glass, with a brushed finish on the back. That means no more scratchy chrome, so you won’t ruin your paint job. Speaking of paint, the new iPod Touch comes in five colours – raw aluminum, black, blue, yellow and red.

Sat in the middle is a 4-inch Retina display.

Just 6.1mm thick, 88 grams in weight, Apart from a slightly squarer back, the Touch looks very much the same as before. But now it’s just 6.1mm thick, and it only weighs 88 grams.

iOS 6

As you’d expect, iOS 6 is native to the new iPod Touch and brings every one of it’s wide ranging features to the handheld device.

That means that Siri also makes her arrival on the new Touch, with support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings.

Ports

In addition to the speaker on the bottom of the device, there’s a connector for Apple’s brand new Lightning adaptor.

Oh, and a headphone jack, which should come in use for listening to stuff.

Camera

The iPod Touch 7th Generation packs a 5 megapixel backside illuminated, iSight camera with a five element lens and a sapphire crystal lens cover.

You can record video at 1080p with video image stabilisation, whilst your picture taking will be aided by face detection, LED flash and auto-focus.

In terms of software, the iPod Touch has the iPhone’s panorama feature built in, and movies and videos can be edited via iMovies and iPhoto.

Pricing & Availability

Pre-orders for the new iPod Touch open on Friday, September 14th, with the device going on sale in October. As previously mentioned, the iPod Touch will be available in raw aluminum, black, blue, yellow and red.

The 32GB will retail at £249, and the 64GB model will come in at £329.

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