Apple has announced a surprise launch of a new fifth-generation iPod touch with 16GB capacity, 4-inch retina display, A5 dual-core chip, EarPod headphones and black/silver (black front and silver back), by surprise at the recommended price of 249 euros. Among the new features is that the device has no rear camera, which has re-opened the debate about whether the Cupertino Company aims to launch cheaper iPhone.
In the last quarter, iPod sales fall 27.9% from the same period of the last year. This new model joins the current 32GB and 64GB iPod touch which also include 5 megapixels iSight camera, iPod touch loop strap.
The new 16GB model of the fifth-generation iPod touch replaces the previously available fourth generation, a significant step forward, such as a 15% thinner and lighter design, more power (processor twice as fast) and performance (multiplied by 7 graphics performance) and most advanced technologies (including the new Lightning, AirPlay Mirroring or Siri connector). In this sense, Apple has specified that from now on, the iPod touch range only includes fifth generation iPod touch models.
The new device announced is now available. Although not integrated iSight camera, the new 16GB fifth generation iPod touch features FaceTime HD front camera that captures HD video, making FaceTime video calls, or make self-portraits with a resolution, “Superior even to the one that was offering the rear camera of the previous iPod touch of the fourth generation”, Apple explained.