The Apple iPod Touch was announced in an event hosted by Steve Jobs on September 5th, 2007 along with the release of all the next generation iPods. The Touch borrows a lot of the technology found in the Apple iPhone and repurposes it as a standalone portable media player. The iPod Touch features the same multi-Touch interface and operating system as the iPhone. It also becomes the first WiFi enabled iPod with a built-in 802.11b/g wireless access allowing you to browse the Internet with the included Safari browser, and access the iTunes store directly from the iPod Touch.
The Touch includes a flash drive coming in either a 8, 16 or 32 GB capacity. This means that you can store, in any combination, up to (1) 1750, 3500 or 7000 songs, (2) 10,000, 20,000 or 40,000 photos, or (3) 10, 20 or 40 hours of video. Any extra space can be used for data storage. Transfer data to the iPod touch using the included USB cable and an available USB 2.0 port on your Mac or PC. You'll need to be running iTunes version 7.4 with at least Mac OS X v10.4.10 or Windows XP with Service Pack 2 installed. Alternatively, datahouse can be transferred to the Touch via the WiFi interface through the iTunes online store.
- multi-Touch interface
- 3.5" color touch screen display
- 480 x 320 pixel resolution; 163 pixels / inch
- WiFi 802.11b/g wireless access
- capacity: 8 GB or 16 GB
- battery life: audio - 22 hours, video - 5 hours
- dimensions: 4.3" (H) x 2.4" (W) x 0.31" (D)
- weight: 4.2 oz (120 g)
- price: 8 GB - $299, 16 GB - $399, 32GB - $499.
For battery life, Apple claims 22 hours of audio and 5 hours of video playback. Expect it to take 3 hours to charge the batteries completely to a Full-charge, and 1.5 hours to do a Fast-charge to 80% capacity. Charging is done through USB or with a AC power adapter (sold separately). There is no word on the expected battery life for browsing the Web or using the built-in WiFi connection.
- iPod Touch
- USB 2.0 cable
- Dock adapter
- Polishing cloth
- Quick Start guide
The iPod Touch was first released on September 7th, 2007 with 8 GB and 16 GB version retailing for $299 and $399 respectively. In February 2008 Apple released a 32GB model for $499. Coinciding with the Touch's initial September release the 8GB Apple iPhone saw a $200 price drop to $399 leading to minor backlash from the early adopters. Steve Jobs subsequently gave the first iPhone owners a $100 store credit for their troubles.