iPod touch fifth gen: 4in display, A5 processor, five colours

iPod touch fifth gen: 4in display, A5 processor, five coloursRight, where were we? We’ve covered iPhone 5 specs, iPhone 5 price, and iOS 6; now it’s time for the other star of last night’s show.

I speak of the fifth generation iPod touch. I don’t know about you, but that picture is making me drool just a little bit.

It’s been a while since Apple updated the iPod touch range. Two years, to be precise. This latest chap - the iPod touch fifth gen - doesn’t disappoint. Essentially you’re looking at an iPhone 5 without the phone stuff. Sort of.

iPod touch fifth gen specs include a 4in Retina display (1136 x 640), dual-core A5 processor (same as the iPhone 4S), 5MP rear iSight camera, 1080p video recording, Siri, and all the shiny new features of iOS 6 – including Maps, Shared Photo Streams, and, er, Passbook.

Apple also unveiled the all-new EarPods, promising that they “sound unlike anything you’ve ever heard.” We’ll believe that when we hear it.

I can’t see Apple specifically naming the colours (heck, you can see them above anyways). There’s also an exclusive red edition online, with “a portion of the purchase” going towards the fight against AIDS in Africa. Nice one.

This iPod touch fifth gen spec page suggests it’ll only be available in 32 and 64GB flavours. For serious? No 16GB? And still no sign of the elusive 128GB model, bah. Pricing starts at £249.

Fifth gen iPod touch pre-orders open on September 14 (same as the iPhone 5), with release following in October.

Oh, and the iPod touch fourth gen is down to £169 for the 16GB model, and £199 for 32GB.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 12:35

I don't understand...
the point of those

Pondlife  Sep. 13, 2012 at 12:51

It's a path into the ios ecosystem, app store, itunes purchases on a lower initial spend, ideal for kids chrimbo presents maybe and possibly especially relevant in the US maybe where the i5 doesn't seem to be available without a contract.
Personally I like to have a separate music player rather than depend on phone battery though this isn't as good as the previous one in that aspect apparently. Read it has no volume buttons and background hiss is slightly higher.

Pondlife  Sep. 13, 2012 at 12:53

The earpods are out already according to the keynote, though that could just be US.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 13:35

I used to have a Samsung (p-something)... nifty little player that could be paired via bluetooth to my phone. You could answer the phone while listening to the player. Leave the phone in the pocket. That was cool. You could make calls also, of course.

ian2606  Sep. 13, 2012 at 14:30

I don't see the point of an ipod or any music player if you have a semi-decent phone. Most phones now have a music player which is as good if not better.
I'd rather just carry one device that does everything, than separate ones that only do certain things.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 14:32

I don't see the point of an ipod or any music player if you have a semi-decent phone. Most phones now have a music player which is as good if not better.
I'd rather just carry one device that does everything, than separate ones that only do certain things.

Agree. Especially, if you can't hear your phone ring while listening to the musicplayer...

Pondlife  Sep. 13, 2012 at 14:57

Actually most phones don't have a music player which is as good, and why kill the battery which is already possibly weakest part of almost any smartphone if you don't have to.
If you can't hear the phone ring when listening to the music player you are probably screwing up your hearing or already have.

lcurdie / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 15:07

Actually most phones don't have a music player which is as good, and why kill the battery which is already possibly weakest part of almost any smartphone if you don't have to.
If you can't hear the phone ring when listening to the music player you are probably screwing up your hearing or already have.


Yeah, I'm with Pondlife here. I've been rocking a separate iPod touch/smartphone combo for years (much to my wallet's chagrin), and I can't see me changing any time soon. In fact, the temptation of a fifth gen iPod touch makes me infinitely less likely to buy an iPhone 5. Maybe I'll pick up a Lumia 920 instead ;)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 15:20

Actually most phones don't have a music player which is as good, and why kill the battery which is already possibly weakest part of almost any smartphone if you don't have to.
If you can't hear the phone ring when listening to the music player you are probably screwing up your hearing or already have.


Yeah, I'm with Pondlife here. I've been rocking a separate iPod touch/smartphone combo for years (much to my wallet's chagrin), and I can't see me changing any time soon. In fact, the temptation of a fifth gen iPod touch makes me infinitely less likely to buy an iPhone 5. Maybe I'll pick up a Lumia 920 instead ;)


You trolls...
I want my music loud...mostly because of people talking into their phones.

Pondlife  Sep. 13, 2012 at 15:24

Yeah Lewis saying you might buy a 920 was a giveaway...
I talk loud on the phone because of people with headphones up too loud ;)

Only a 128gb touch could get me to upgrade though. But the likely £450+ pricetag would put me off.

Oh and the engineered for maximum funness is an infuriatingly horrible tagline.

Stelph  Sep. 13, 2012 at 16:01

Makes you wonder if there is a market for a phone which is less smart but easy to link up to other devices, so something like a small/tough phone with a battery that lasts ages and ages and has a function (bluetooth 4) to quickly and easily sync with devices like the iPod or any tablets so you can use the data connection when you're out and about.

Texts could be received and forwarded to a data app of your choice (whats app for example) so it pops up on your mp3 player, less interaction with the actual phone/better battery life, and would mean cheaper upgrades as technology marches on.

Patent pending on that idea you thieving roaches!

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 16:05

Funny (offtopic)... been on Twitter a few hours today: not peep about the unlaunched iPad Mini :D Nuddin'... I bet a lot of blogs get edited today hahaha

Pondlife  Sep. 13, 2012 at 16:14

True thought they'd at least be speculating about October still however unlikely. Some impressive mock ups were made somewhere. With ipad3 seemingly getting all the ios6 love wonder what the ipad4 will get other than new connector, actually I'll shut up about that til next spring.

Were any of the supposed iphone parts actually ipod touch parts does anyone know, slightly different casing would have been easily mixed up beforehand.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2012 at 16:19

I know the wrong iPhone 5 chip was leaked and confirmed LOL
I'm tired off it all now.
I ordered my vintage Moto Rokr with the idjunes inside. Good night.

blizzard7  Sep. 13, 2012 at 21:33

Actually most phones don't have a music player which is as good, and why kill the battery which is already possibly weakest part of almost any smartphone if you don't have to.
If you can't hear the phone ring when listening to the music player you are probably screwing up your hearing or already have.


Yeah, I'm with Pondlife here. I've been rocking a separate iPod touch/smartphone combo for years (much to my wallet's chagrin), and I can't see me changing any time soon. In fact, the temptation of a fifth gen iPod touch makes me infinitely less likely to buy an iPhone 5. Maybe I'll pick up a Lumia 920 instead ;)


I listen to a ton of music and I've tried a wide range of different iPods and size, going all the way down from the first iPod nano to the chunky 4G iPod. Since my HTC Desire, I've just chucked all my music on my smartphone and never looked back.

I've never found the battery drain to be significant, especially compared to other apps, because the screen is always off. I use my Sensation in my car for over 2 hours every day and can still easily get through the work day.

I always found having two devices a pain, because you put your phone in one side pocket and your wallet in the other. Then unless you're wearing trousers that have been machine gunned with pockets or you want to squeeze two things in one pocket, your other device has to go in your back pocket where it's most at risk from being sat on or being pick-pocketed. Nah, I'll just stick to a phone.

Not that I don't like the new iPods that is. They're definitely up there in terms of design, but cost and practicality not so much.

Pondlife  Sep. 13, 2012 at 22:06

Hell at times I've had two phones an mp3 player a wallet and a card wallet squeezed in my trouser pockets, even then it was easier than the old cassette walkmans I've had in the past. Besides we are into the 9 months a year I've got coat pockets too mostly. Prefer mp3 on lanyard or shirt pocket tbh.
If I only needed 2hrs a day maybe I'd get by, just find it limiting.

SpeedyG  Sep. 14, 2012 at 09:36

Ipods never really had great sound compared to others. Anyone ever took the plunge and tried a cowon mp3 player?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 14, 2012 at 09:48

Ipods never really had great sound compared to others. Anyone ever took the plunge and tried a cowon mp3 player?
Haven't used a Cowon, no. But I agree with re to the iPods' sound. But it was always about style, hype and iTunes, wasn't it?

socialjeebus  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:38

Ipods never really had great sound compared to others. Anyone ever took the plunge and tried a cowon mp3 player?

Both Cowon and iRiver (another Korean firm) make excellent and very competitively priced mp3 players (they've even had a stab at Tablets too).

Don't know how easy they are to get back over in Blighty but both firm's MP3 players and accessories are still very popular here in Korea.

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 13:55

iriver stopped making good players years ago, nothing close to the h300 or h100 series.

And the recent Cowon player wouldn't work with macs, linux or even 64bit windows machines, which was impressive.

socialjeebus  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:45

As for the i10's incompatibility with Macs, Linux and Windows 64-bit. Well that doesn't really affect the sound quality which is supposed to be pretty good by all accounts.

iRiver too, I'd be interested to exactly which iRiver players you've tried lately as most models (even around the H300 or H100 series) were never released outside of Korea and generally the sound quality or iRiver devices is excellent.

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 14:59

Great sound quality isn't that useful if you can't put any music on though....

Rubisco  Sep. 14, 2012 at 23:10

Is funness an actual word? It's an incredibly clumsy word if it is...

SpeedyG  Sep. 14, 2012 at 23:26

Clearly 5 is not a lucky number here for Apple. :p

Pondlife  Sep. 14, 2012 at 23:28

Is funness an actual word? It's an incredibly clumsy word if it is...

About as much as renanoed is.

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