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Apple also announces new iPods

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September

In addition to the much-anticipated iPhone 5 announcement, Apple renewed its commitment to music by unveiling its new lineup of iPods: Nano and iPod Touch. 

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iPod nano
 
The redesigned Nano is the thinnest iPod to date, at .21 inches thick, and about the size of a credit card (3.01 by 1.56 inches), and weighs 1.1 ounces. The finish is smooth anodized aluminum in seven standard color choices.The multi-touch display is a 2.5 inches, almost twice as big as the previous Nano display. It comes with a built-in FM tuner and Bluetooth wireless streaming capability. For workouts, the Nano has a built-in pedometer and support for Nike+. You can wirelessly connect to a heart-rate monitor and headphones (no wires!)
 
The Nano is capable of up to 30 hours audio playback and up to 3.5 hours of video playback.
 
$149 for 16GB
 
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iPod Touch
 
The new iPod Touch is like the iPhone 5 in many ways, but without a network service and a slower processsor chip (which is still pretty fast). It's .24 inches thick, and 4.86 x 2.31 inches, weighing 3.1 ounces. Like the 5, it comes with a 4-inch multi-touch Retina display. It has a 5 megapixel iSight camera. The photos app lets you crop, edit or enhance your images from the Touch. You can even shoot a 1080p HD video. The front camera also gets an improvement for FaceTime calls. And you have Facebook and Twitter integration so you can update your status from the app you're in. The Touch runs on an A5 chip, same as the iPhone 4S. The iOS 6 brings Siri to the Touch as well. Like the Nano, it's capable of Bluetooth streaming to peripherals.
 
One quirky addition is the iPod Touch Loop. The back of the iPod has a silver dot where you can hook a wrist strap to better hold onto your device. 
 
The iPod Touch is capable of up to 40 hours of audio play and up to 8 hours of video playback. 
 
$299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB
 
The new Nano and fifth-generation iPod Touch both use the new Lightning connector. An adapter is available separately so you can still use the 30-pin docks and peripherals. The new iPods also come with the redesigned EarPods. In addition to the regular colors, red is also available where a portion of the proceeds go to a global fund to fight AIDS in Africa. 
 
Online preorder starts Friday, Sept. 14. 
 
(Photos: Apple)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 13, 2012 8:46am]

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