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Apple Launches New 16GB iPod Touch 5 Without Rear Camera, Priced at $229

When it comes to releasing new hardware, Apple will usually use a big event in order to announce new devices. It seems that it's not true with the less popular devices such as the iPod touch because the Cupertino company just launched a new model of the 5th generation iPod Touch.


16GB iPod Touch 5

In a rather unexpected move, Apple has released a new model of iPod Touch 5, which is priced at $229. Back when Apple launched the 5th-gen iPod Touch last year, it was available in two models, the 32 GB and 64 GB variant, priced at $299 and $399 respectively. All the while, the company is still offering the 4th generation iPod Touch in 16 GB and 32 GB models, for $199 and $229 respectively. As of now, Apple has officially phased out the 4th generation iPod touch which, means that the new 16GB iPod touch 5 is the new entry-level offering. So just what are the specs of the 16GB iPod touch 5?

At first glance, the 5th generation iPod Touch looks to be same as the existing 32GB and 64GB models. It boasts an ultra-slim design, crisp 4-inch Retina screen, A5 processor, FaceTime HD camera, and more. However, the most interesting (or perhaps a deal-breaker to some) difference is that the new 5th generation iPod touch lacks the rear facing iSight camera, which seems to have made it a bit lighter than the other models. It is also available in one color only.

5th Gen iPod touch

To buy the new, cheaper model of the iPod touch 5, you simply need to head to the online Apple Store. As mentioned, it is retailed for $229. This looks to be quite a hard sell considering that, for a few bucks more, you can just get the 32 GB variant with the iSight camera. [via TheVerge]

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    Ryan1 year ago

    Review by I. Ferguson for Rating: I rarely write rewveis, in this case I’ll make an exception.I bought the 16GB 5th Generation ipod nano as a replacement for the old 2nd generation 8GB model. I’m not a fan of Apple but the ipod appealed to me for two reasons, firstly I am subscribed to a lot of podcasts, and being the market leader it is just so much easier on itunes even if the software isn’t the most ergonomic music library I have come across, and secondly, being the market leader it has an amazing array of different accessories and this is where the 5th generation ipod falls flat on its face. Unfortunately some genius at Apple decided to move the cable port from the left hand side to the right which means not only do non of my current accessories fit very well (or in the case of my car charger/transmitter at all) but very few on the market will either 5 years worth of accessories wiped out in a single stroke. Whether or not the 5th gen nano will be supported is hard to say given Apple themselves are too busy pushing the touch and the iphone.I can’t say the nano isn’t an impressive mp3 player, the design looks great, the screen is sharp and sound is as good as any nano. The usefulness of the camera however is debatable and not at all necessary as far as I’m concerned, the camera is also solely a video camera which means it oddly can’t take snapshots only video. The ability to play movies (something not seen until the 3rd gen nano’s and later) also seems unnecessary for an mp3 player with limited resolution and memory space, although the resolution in this case does seem to be a dramatic increase over the 3rd generation and a slight increase over the 4th. The volume has also been limited on the European models it seems and is noticeably quieter than previous models, I haven’t found this a problem using the ear plugs but it is a problem when connecting it to external unpowered speakers. This generation of nano’s also comes equipped with an internal speaker which seems to work when the earphones aren’t plugged in, its a nice touch although as you’d expect it is both quiet and of poor quality.If this is your first ipod and you just want to listen to music on the go then this may be for you. If, like me, you are replacing an old nano or are planning on using old accessories to catch up on podcasts during the daily commute in the car you’d be better off looking for a 4th gen nano.