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The iPod Touch gets a camera

Apple is finally adding the one feature that was missing from its flagship iPod Touch device – a camera. Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the move as part of an overhaul of its best-selling iPod range.

The new iPod Touch will have the same camera as the recently launched iPhone 4 and Touch owners will be able to use Apple’s FaceTime software to make video calls to other Touch and iPhone 4 users. The Touch is also adding the iPhone 4’s Retina Display, the rear-facing camera, and HD video recording capability.

The new Touch will cost from $229 for the 8GB model up to $399 for the 64GB version.

Apple also introduced a smaller, lighter iPod Nano. The 1.5-inch x 1.6-inch device features a 1.5-inch screen with full multi-touch functionality, an FM radio, and a built-in clip so it can be attached directly to a jacket pocket, belt or bag. The new Nano starts at $149 and comes with a choice of seven different colors.

At the lower end of the iPod range, the Shuffle also gets a makeover. The new square design brings back a clickable control that was absent on earlier versions, and also includes a new VoiceOver button to hear the song title and other information. The 2GB Shuffle costs $49.

In other news, Apple announced that the latest version of its music software, iTunes 10, will include a social networking feature called Ping. Jobs said there were now more than 160 million iTunes accounts across 23 different countries and Ping will allow users to “follow people or be followed”, so they can track trends and share music selections.

He promised that Ping would be “super-simple to set up” and that privacy controls would be very thorough. Ping will be available for users of the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Comment by Robyn Wright of Robyn's Online World, posted 9/2/2010, 6:51 AM:

I wonder how far ahead they plan to later add different features of the different iPods to get people to keep buying new ones?
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