At around 3 o'clock this morning, a few minutes after Tim Cook wrapped up Apple's keynote presentation to formally introduce iPhone 5 and the new iPod line, I asked TP Friends on Facebook this straight-forward question, "Between iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5th Generation, which iDevice do you think is more interesting?"
Guess what? Almost all of them answered, "iPod Touch 5th Generation." And really, why not?
If it looks this hot, why not?! You know what, I haven't seen one in the flesh but I'd say it's already a TP-Favorite -- just like its immediate predecessor.
I used to think that the ultra-thin iPod Touch 4th Generation with its front and back cameras, Retina Display, and tapered edges was already the very pinnacle of what Apple can deliver in the portable media player category. I remember telling myself whenever I'd take it out of the TP Gadget Vault to play a game or two, "Apple will have a hard time trying to top this one. It's possible but it will be a tall order."
And that's the very reason why I find iPod Touch 5th Generation totally amazing. You see, the product it superseded is by no means a push-over but it managed to provide a true upgrade nonetheless simply by being better in practically all departments. It sounds really simple but when you think about it, very few electronics companies are able to do this with their products these days.
For me, iPod Touch 5G represents the classic 'never settle for the status quo' Apple mantra that we've come to love about the company through all those years. Now, do we see that same spirit in the iPhone 5? You tell me.
"An iPhone without the Phone." - Steve Jobs
Flaunting a massive 4-inch display and a smaller 9-pin Lightning dock connector similar to that of the new iPhone, the gorgeous iPod Touch 5G - which comes in a variety of colors, namely White, Black, Yellow, Sky Blue, and Pink (the same colors of the matching iPod Touch loop that comes with every package) - packs a 5 MegaPixel autofocus camera with back-illuminated sensor and LED flash at the back - a first in the iPod line - and another 1.2 MegaPixel shooter in-front. The rear camera also takes 1080p Full HD video while the one for FaceTime video calls can record 720p HD clips. This new iDevice comes replete with all these hardware enhancements and it still manages to be more than a millimeter thinner than the already reed-thin iPod Touch 4th Generation!
It becomes even more incredible when you consider the fact that it comes with the processing power and graphics performance of iPhone 4S (thanks to its Apple A5 chip) and that it runs iOS6 with most of its key features including Shared Photo Streams via iCloud, Facebook Integration, a smarter Siri and Apple Maps with 3D view right out of the box!
iPod Touch 5G, just like iPhone 5, ships with redesigned Apple earphones called EarPods that supposedly enhance music playing experience by providing a more natural fit in the ear and better acoustic quality.
As of writing, we haven't heard from any of Apple's authorized retailers about iPod Touch 5th generation's release date and pricing details in the Philippines. I believe though that the device will enter the country via Apple Store Online later this month with price tag of around Php 16,990 for the 32GB version and Php 22,990 for the 64GB version. Again, that's just the TP Guesstimate.
iPod Touch 5G has the word "Hot" written all over it. I think it will be another best-seller -- not just because of its looks nor specs but because, when you think about it, it's easily the most sulit new generation Apple product that you can get in the market and people love getting the most bang for their buck. I mean, it's practically a cross between the ultra-expensive iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 -- only it doesn't have phone functionality so it won't allow you to send text messages and make calls. But really, is that so bad?
I'll tell you this, the very first Apple product that I owned and worked hard for, as far as I can remember, is an iPod Touch; I fell in love with it and I think that's one of the reasons (along with purchasing a ThinkPad) why I became really interested with technology. And yeah, it made me an Apple fan.
TP Friends, I'm thinking about getting one in Sky Blue. How about you?
|Name||Apple iPod Touch 5th Generation|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)|
|Dimensions||123.4 x 58.6 x 6.1 mm|
|Available Colors||Black, White, Yellow, Pink, Sky Blue|
|Operating System||iOS 6|
|Display||4-inch (diagonal) widescreen display with Multi-Touch IPS technology, Retina display, 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch, 800:1 contrast ratio (typical), 500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical), Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating|
|Processor||Apple A5 Processor|
|Camera||5 MegaPixel iSight camera, Autofocus, Tap to focus video or still images, Backside illumination, Hybrid IR filter, Five-element lens, LED flash, ƒ/2.4 aperture, Face detection, Panorama, HDR, 1.2 MegaPixels front facing camera|
|Video Capture||Back camera: HD video recording (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio, Front: 720p HD, 30 frames per second|
|Audio and Video Playback||TV and Video: H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats |
MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p
AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV (3rd generation) at up to 1080p and Apple TV (2nd generation) at up to 720p
Audio: Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
User-configurable maximum volume limit
|Ports||3.5 mm audio jack, Lightning 9-pin dock connector|
|Connectivity||802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0|
|Memory||32GB and 64GB storage options, non-expandable|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, 3-axis Gyroscope|
|Battery||Built-in rechargeable Li-Ion battery |
Charging times: Fast charge in about 2 hours (80% capacity), full charge in about 4 hours
|Uptime||Music playback time: Up to 40 hours when fully charged |
Video playback time: Up to 8 hours when fully charged
|Value-Added Features||One of the thinnest iDevices ever, 4-inch display, iOS6 out of the box, new Apple EarPods|
|Announcement||September 13, 2012 (1:00 AM Manila Time)|
|Price||TP Guesstimate: 32GB : Php 16,990, 64GB : Php 22,990|