Just as expected Apple has announced a new lineup of iPods for 2012. The iPod shuffle largely remained the same, but is offered in new colors. The iPod nano has seen a complete redesign featuring a 2.5-inch multitouch display and is offered in a myriad of colors. The iPod touch was also redesigned, with larger 4-inch screen, camera improvements, and the A5 processor. Here are the specifics:
iPod nano: The new iPod nano features a complete redesign and comes in a variety of capacities and colors. It is 5.4mm thin, and is 38% thinner than the last nano. It also features a 2.5-inch multi-touch display. There are also volume buttons and a function button for playback. The new iPod nano comes in the following colors: aluminum, black, purple, green, blue, yellow, and red. The new nano also features Bluetooth connectivity and the new Lightning dock connector. Wireless audio streaming, along with Nike+ is also built in. The new nano comes in a 16GB storage capacity and will cost just $149.
iPod touch: The all new iPod touch features a complete redesign and now features a 1160×960 display (same as the iPhone 5). The device itself is 6.1mm thin and weighs on 88 grams. The new touch also features the new Lightning dock connector as well.
The new iPod touch is powered by an A5 processor- this offers 7X faster graphics over the previous iPod touch. The camera has also seen an improvement. The rear- iSight camera offers 5MP quality with autofocus and video stabilization when shooting 1080p video. The front camera has also been updated to a FaceTime HD camera capable of capturing 720p video.
The new iPod touch will also come in a myriad of colors: black, blue, yellow, red, and aluminum. These new iPod touches will come with a “loop” for video stabilization and ensuring a tight grip when taking a picture.
The new iPod touch will also come with iOS 6 and it’s accompanying 200+ new features. Siri will also be making its way into the iPod touch line up with the introduction of the new, 4-inch model.
The new iPod touch will cost $299 for a 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model. Apple will continue to sell the previous generation iPod touch at 16 and 32GB configurations at $199 and $249 receptively.
iPod shuffle: The new iPod shuffle remains at the 2GB capacity it has been at for several years now. However, new colors have been introduced. Here are those colors: blue, green, pink, purple, red, silver, slate, and yellow. The iPod shuffle will remain at $49.
Finally, Apple introduced improved “Earpod” headphones that will ship with the new nano, touch, and iPhone 5. These new headphones have a dedicated speaker port directed into the ear canal. Very cool.
Over the past few years, the iPhone has eaten into the iPod line of products. I believe, that the new iPod released today, will stave off the line’s demise for a few more years. The new nano and touch are refreshing and new, something that was desperately needed amongst the iPod lineup. Will you be getting any of these new iPods? Let us know what you’re thinking!