Apple unveils iPod touch with revolutionary multi-touch interface and built-in Wi-Fi

Apple today introduced the new iPod touch featuring Apple’s revolutionary multi-touch user interface that enables users to find and enjoy all of their music, videos and more on its gorgeous widescreen display with just the touch of a finger. First introduced on iPhone, the multi-touch interface uses pioneering new software to present the perfect user interface for each application. The iPod touch also includes Wi-Fi wireless networking, the first on any iPod, and three amazing applications that use it-Safari, the most advanced browser on any mobile device, lets users wirelessly view web pages just as they look on their computer, and features Google Search or Yahoo! oneSearch; Apple’s YouTube application lets users wirelessly watch over 10 million free videos from the Internet’s most popular video website; and the new iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store lets users wirelessly browse, preview and buy songs and albums from the most popular online music store in the world. The iPod touch is just 8mm thin, and is priced starting at just $299.

“The iPod touch is a landmark iPod, ushering in a whole new generation of features based on its revolutionary multi-touch interface and built-in Wi-Fi wireless networking,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in the press release. “People are going to be amazed at how thin it is and how much it does.”

With its gorgeous 3.5-inch widescreen display, iPod touch is perfect for watching movies and TV shows, as well as viewing photos and album art. iPod touch has a built-in accelerometer that automatically senses when you rotate it into its landscape position. When you’re in music, it automatically switches to Cover Flow so you can browse your music collection by album cover artwork with just a flick of a finger. When in Photos, it automatically displays the photo in its landscape aspect ratio; and when in Safari it displays the web page horizontally. iPod touch also has a built-in ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the display’s brightness. iPod touch features up to 22 hours of audio playback and up to five hours of video playback.

The iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store lets you browse the iTunes Top Ten lists of songs and albums overall or by genre, check out new releases and “What’s Hot,” or search for your favorite songs, albums or artists. You can preview any song for free, then purchase and download the ones you like directly onto your iPod touch over Wi-Fi. The music you download will be automatically uploaded into your iTunes library the next time you sync your iPod touch with your computer.

With Safari, the most advanced web browser ever on a portable device, you can see web pages the way they were meant to be seen, with the ability to zoom into any webpage with a tap of your finger. The Safari web browser includes built-in Google Search and Yahoo! oneSearch so you can quickly and easily find information you need. iPod touch also includes Apple’s YouTube application that allows you to access, browse and search for millions of free YouTube videos over Wi-Fi.

Apple today also announced an exclusive agreement with Starbucks that allows you to access the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store for free in participating US Starbucks stores starting next month. When you enter a participating Starbucks location, your iPod touch, iPhone, or Mac or PC running iTunes will automatically recognize the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store. You can see what song is currently playing or has recently played in the store, and immediately preview, buy and download it over Wi-Fi.

The iPod is the world’s most popular family of digital music players with over 100 million sold. Today, Apple released its most exciting iPod lineup ever with the iPod shuffle in five new colors; iPod classic holding up to 40,000 songs; the incredible all new iPod nano with video playback; and the breakthrough iPod touch with a revolutionary multi-touch user interface. iPod owners can choose from a vast ecosystem of accessories with over 4,000 products made specifically for the iPod including cases, fitness accessories, speaker systems and iPod connectivity in over 70 percent of US automobiles.

The new iPod touch is scheduled to be available later this month. The 8GB iPod touch model is $299 (US) and the 16GB iPod model is $399 (US). iPod touch requires a Mac with a USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later and iTunes 7.4; or a Windows PC with a USB 2.0 port and Windows Vista or Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 2) or later and iTunes 7.4. Internet access is required and a broadband connection is recommended, fees may apply. The iTunes Store is not available in all countries.

* Battery life and number of charge cycles vary by use and settings. See http://www.apple.com/batteries for more information. Music capacity is based on four minutes per song and 128-Kbps AAC encoding; photo capacity is based on iPod-viewable photos transferred from iTunes; and video capacity is based on H.264 1.5-Mbps video at 640-by-480 resolution.

Related articles:
Apple lowers 8GB iPhone price to $399 for holiday season; iPhone sales on track – September 05, 2007
Apple unveils iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store; iTunes custom ringtone maker – September 05, 2007
Apple and Starbucks announce music partnership; wirelessly find and buy music at Starbucks – September 05, 2007
Apple introduces new iPod classic; 160GB model holds up to 40,000 songs in your pocket – September 05, 2007
Apple introduces all new iPod nano with enhanced UI, now plays video – September 05, 2007

80 Comments

  1. This is exactly the product I’ve been waiting for. Couldn’t care less about weather and widgets since Safari is built-in. Get that info from whatever web site you like.

    PS: How many days after the first sale will it be before the first class-action lawsuit is filed because the battery is not user-replaceable? The under-over is 7 days.

  2. The iPod classic 80gb is thinner than the 5.5G 30gb, according to MacNN.

    If that’s the case, why couldn’t they fit the 30gb hard drive into the iPod touch using the same magic?

    It might not have been devastatingly thin but it still would’ve been a pretty svelte PMP.

  3. The iPod Touch looks pretty nice. However, given that it has wi-fi access, I would have loved for Apple to include the iPhone’s e-mail application. I guess I could settle for Gmail’s web interface, but a full-fledged phone-less iPhone would’ve been exactly what I wanted.

  4. I agree that a e-mail would be nice even if you had to press a send receive button if yahoo wasn’t going to push the service. Maps would also be a good touch, but I know that they didn’t include these features to differentiate the iPhone by more than just the phone concept. However, I still don’t understand why a 16 gb iPhone isn’t availble for 499?????

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