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M.I.S.S. Techcessories: Revamped iPods for Errybody

It's a whole new family of iPods

It's a whole new family of iPods

Another year brings another round of iPod updates, but this year is the first in which every member of the family (minus the poor old Classic) has gotten a significant makeover.  First up is the Touch, which brings over some of the features from the iPhone 4 while still remaining one step behind.  Physically it looks like last year’s Touch after undergoing liposuction, but you start to notice the iPhone 4 influence when you see the retina display, the Apple A4 chip under the hood, the front and rear facing cameras, the 3-axis gyroscope and FaceTime and Game Center support.   Speaking of cameras, while the rear facing camera is capable of taking HD video up to 720p, it comes in at under a megapixel for still shots.  That’s a pretty far cry from the iPhone 4’s 5 megapixel shooter or even the original iPhone’s somewhat crappy 2 megapixel camera.  Pricing remains similar across the board: $229 for an 8GB version, $299 for the 32GB, and $399 for the larger 64GB one.

Out of all the revisions to the iPod line, the Nano has been the recipient of the most changes.  First, the obvious: ditching the curvaceous rectangle design used in the two previous Nanos, the sixth gen is now a square barely larger than the new iPod shuffle.  Secondly: the click wheel has been replaced with (what else) a tiny little touch screen (and no, that touchscreen will not be used to run any apps).  Like it’s larger sibling, the Nano sports actual volume buttons on the side and now has a shuffle like clip on the back.  Missing are video playback and the previous Nano’s camera, casualties in the war to make things smaller.  The new Nano will, as has been the case since the third generation hit shelves, come in an assorted of colors and run for 24 hours on a single charger.  An 8GB version will cost $149 while the 16GB one will run only thirty bucks higher at $179.

Speaking of the shuffle, the new version of the screen-less wonder now resembles the bottom half of a fourth generation iPod Nano and regains the clickwheel it lost in the previous generations.   It’s got up to 15 hours of battery life, comes in the usual rainbow of colors, and runs for a paltry $49.

Everything should be available online and in store at various Apple retailers as early as this week, but I’m sure you’ve already got your paper together and pre-ordered something by now, right?

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