New iPod Touches feature built-in speaker, volume control, Nike Plus
And now the expected iPod Touch upgrade has been announced. It's thinner — notice a pattern? — with an iPhone 3G like contour design. The same old, same old: 3.5-inch display, accelerometer, WiFi, App Store. But now there's a volume control on the side, a built-in speaker and Genius playlist creation. Meh.
For sports fans: built-in Nike Plus. Now your iPod Touch can keep track of your gelatinous lethargy or Speed Force dimensional quavering.
Stated battery life: 36 hours for music, 6 for video. All in line with the first gen.
The new iPod Touch firmware — 2.1, natch — comes stock, and if you've already upgraded your first gen Touch to 2.0, you'll get it for free. Those who haven't broken their 2.0 hymen will have to pay $9.95 for the pleasure, though.
(As an ancillary note, the iPhone Firmware Update 2.1 comes out this Friday.)
And now the prices. The new iPod Touches comes in the same MSRPs as the old ones. The 8GB is $229, the 16GB is $299 and 32GB is $399. That brings the Touch within $30 of the iPhone 3G 8GBs subsidized price, equals the 16GBs subsidized price and logically extrapolates a mythological 32GB iPhone 3G's subsidized price.
My jaw didn't drop, but that price drop does make the iPod Touch a bit less lame of a duck in the otherwise venerable iPod lineup.
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