It might look like Apple has its hands full with out of control iPhone 5 sales and an impending iPad mini launch, but they have made time to put a couple of great new iPod models together. Apple has just hit us with a seventh-generation iPod nano and a fifth generation iPod touch.
At a glance, you might mistake the iPod touch for the iPhone 5. The new iPod touch uses the same 4-inch display and is exactly the same height as the iPhone 5, making it taller than the iPhone 4/4S and all previous touch devices. With its loop button and wrist strap in place, it looks like a really thin digital camera.
The iPod touch has Apple’s dual core A5 chipset, with twice the processing power and up to seven times the graphical abilities of the last touch. This chipset is more than enough to keep iOS 6 in the groove. It really shines when it comes to gaming and multimedia apps. The 5th-gen is available in 32 GB and 64GB versions. This touch also gives you Siri, Apple Maps, the new Facebook integration, and AirPlay Mirroring.
The iPod nano is the most frequently redesigned Apple product. This nano is smaller than the palm of your hand, but twice as long as the last nano version. It definitely is a stripped-down mini music player. It's a typically Apple-slick device, but it does little more than play audio files.
In one of the first nano reviews, The Verge noted that the lack of iCloud capability keeps users stuck in the traditional iPod setup of having to manage their music files via iTunes, a concept dating back over decade.
As The Verge report put it, “It’s like taking a time machine to 2010. If you’re cool with managing files, the new iPod nano is the best dedicated music player on the market. It’s the sort of product that only Apple can make; a seamless slice of metal and plastic that feels essentially inevitable once you hold it.”
Just like the iPhone 5, the new iPods use the tiny Lightning jack. Be warned, neither model ships with an AC adapter. You’ll need to charge them up using your computer or through a USB-based AC adapter.