- Multi-touch. Like the iPhone, the iPod touch features a multi-touch interface for all the user controls.
- Accelerometer. The added accelerometer detects the rotation of the device and automatically adjust content to fit portrait / landscape orientation.
- 3.5-inch 480x320 163ppi display. The removal of the hardware interface provides new space to stuff a nice high-res widescreen display onto the unit.
- Wi-Fi Web Browser. The new iPod comes with WiFi (802.11 b/g) and comes with Safari so you can browse the web and watch your YouTube video.
- iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store. Because of the added Wi-Fi, you can now shop for new songs and add to your iPod wherever you have a Wi-Fi connection.
- Power and battery. iPod Touch is rated to play for up to 22 hours of audio or 5 hours of video when fully charged. 80% of battery charge capacity takes 1.5 hours. A full-charge takes about 3 hours.
The new iPod is scheduled to launch on September 28th, 2007. Pricing is very reasonable: 299 for the 8GB model, 399 for the 16GB model.
I hope that the new iPod will work with IM+ for Skype as well—a service that allows users to run Skype on the iPhone without paying for an AT+T's monthly plan. (The New Zealand Herald: Blog: Skype on the iPhone / 2007-08-15 / Telecommunications News)
- Gizmodo: First iPod Touch Video Hands On
- Portfolio.com: Apple Unveils New iPods
- Wall Street Journal: Apple Unveils New iPods, Adds Wi-Fi, Touchscreen
- Wired Blogs: Apple and Starbucks Ink WiFiDeal Via New iPod