As a non-smart phone owner, I was pretty excited for the Apple announcement
on September 12th. Though the uncharacteristic number of leaks preceding the
announcement left little to anticipate about the iPhone 5, I was curious about the
updates to the former Apple poster child — the iPod Touch.
As a self-described technologist, I take my iPod 3rd Gen everywhere, but the
functionality is becoming increasingly limited. I don’t mind being chained to Wi-Fi
for apps and email access, and the lack of photo and video capture is only missed at
large life moment events. The frustration, instead, comes from the fact that my iOS
won’t update past version 4.2, effectively crippling me from using most new apps or
updating old ones. The iPod Touch 4th Gen didn’t get enough of an update, I felt, to
justify upgrading, but the features on the new 5th Gen iPod Touch had my attention
from go. Here are the exciting features:
• 4-in Retina display
• A5 chip
• 5MP iSight camera
• 1080p HD video recording
The 5th Gen iPod is likely to be the most powerful, fastest, smallest mobile
entertainment player on the market. Even chained to Wi-Fi, this is the closest
consumers can get to a smart phone without the data plan. In fact, with the installed microphones for FaceTime, all a user needs is a voice over IP like Google Voice and it becomes a smart phone.
With this, I’ll finally be able to take photos and videos on the go. I’ll even be able to participate in augmented reality events. This is truly the first time I’ve been excited to purchase an Apple product since I bought my iPod in 2009, so much so, that I’m plotting to pick one up when they hit stores in October. With the 5th Gen iPod Touch, I’ll be one step closer to being the technologist I want to be.
Image from Apple.