Internally, the 1GHz A4 CPU of the old version is superseded by a dual-core A5 CPU – the same one found in the last version of the iPad (iteration 2.4) – it’s basically a pair of A9 cores with a PowerVR SGX543MP2 on-board graphical chip looking after the pixel-painting – a premium set of components in other words.
Camera of New iPod Touch has also been smartened up, in the same vein of the iPhone 5′s cam, more scratch-resistant lens, some sort of sapphire crystal layer to thank for that. Panorama mode courtesy of simply swishing the device through the air is also here, as is face recognition, swipe to focus, support for iPhoto and iMovie. Shoot 1080p footage with the rear camera, assisted by motion detection…the new iPod Touch is no poor relation of the iPhone, it’s simply the non-cellular sibling, and it’s a fantastic update. I reckon users are gonna love that elongated aspect ratio – an extra row of homescreen icons but more importantly, the unchanged width of the device means it’s still a one-handed device – thumb-swipes ahoy.
And for a device without 3G/LTE and whatnot connectivity, that extra mobile-friendliness will give the iPod the edge over any other WiFi device – when was the last time you saw anyone using a 4.3-inch device with a typical height-to-width ratio with just one hand? Standing on the subway? Walking along? That new Lightning connector might irk a few iPod fans; peripherals will need updating, and the port layout has been reworked, but the boost to performance and usability make this an upgrade worth saving for; battery life has been improved to 40 hours of tune-time, or 8 hours of video. 32GB version $299, 64GB $399, shipping in October.
To put things in perspective check out this chart comparing iPhone 5 iPhone 4s iPod Touch 4G and iPod Touch 5G: