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iPod Touch (2012) Hands On: An iPhone but Not

by Jon Rettinger | October 10, 2012October 10, 2012 6:25 pm PST

iPod Touch (2012) Hands On

Ever since its September, 2007 introduction, Apple’s iPod touch has largely remained the same, hovering in that “iPhone without the phone” grey area. This generation, announced alongside the iPhone 5, is more of the same, but it’s the biggest update to the lineup yet. And that’s enough to take notice.

Similar to Apple’s newest smartphone — with some previous generation guts thrown into the mix — the 2012 iPod touch comes with a beautiful 4-inch Retina display, iOS 6, 5-megapixel camera, A5 chip and 32 or 64GB of internal storage. But perhaps the most notable difference, aside from the thinner frame and taller screen, is the variety of colors available to consumers.

If you’ve used the iPhone 5, or even a previous iPhone or iPod touch, the experience will immediately feel familiar. Apple hasn’t veered too far astray from its solid hardware/software formula, and for the most part Apple’s fifth year with the iPod touch is all about the redesign.

So how does the new device handle? How does it feel in the hand? Check out our hands-on video to find out.

iPod Touch (2012) First Impressions Video

iPod Touch (2012) Specs:

  • Release Date: Available
  • Price: $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB
  • OS: iOS 6
  • Dimensions: 4.86×2.31×0.24-inches
  • Weight: 3.10 ounces
  • Display: 4-inch Retina display (1136×640), 326 ppi
  • Battery: 40 hours of audio, 8 hours of video
  • Processor: A5, dual-core
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Internal Storage: 32GB and 64GB
  • Cameras: 5-megapixel iSight, LED flash, 1080p video recording; FaceTime HD, 1.2-megapixel
  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • Notes: Wi-Fi only, Lightning connector, 6 colors (slate, gray, pink, yellow, blue and red; Earpods

iPod Touch (2012) Gallery:

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