As always, Apple is holding their annual fall press conference, which traditionally means the unveiling of the new iPod lineup. We are particularly interested in the iPod Touch, which is a "light" version of the Apple iPhone sans cellular network connectivity. Some of the speculation for the upcoming iPod Touch model include a front-facing camera, the Retina display, and a faster processor. Here we take a look at some of our predictions, expectations, and wishes for the new iPod Touch.
Front-Facing/Backside Camera & "FaceTime"
The iPhone 4 was the first iPhone to have a front-facing VGA camera for Apple's video chat feature called "FaceTime". FaceTime is similar to iChat on the Mac in which a user calls another iPhone 4 user and while in the call, activates FaceTime, which then turns the phone call into a full video chat. Both users must be connected to Wi-Fi and be using iPhone 4's.
The iPod Touch, since it inherently uses Wi-Fi and not cellular data, seems to be a good candidate for this. There is the snag of how users will "call" each other without a phone number, but there's been discussion of an e-mail address-based way to connect.
While this may not be important to all users, the front camera can also be used to take self-portrait photos. We also speculate that Apple will include a backside digital camera that is identical to the camera on the iPhone 4, possibly even with the same LED flash. The iPhone 4 has a 5-megapixel camera that is also capable to shooting 720p HD video at 30 frames per second.
How Probable? 80%
The Retina display is something truly amazing, as we pointed out in our review of using the iPhone 4 after a month. The quality of the display is without a doubt, the best out of any smartphone out there. It has a 960 x 640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, which is more pixels than the human eye can distinguish. The 3.5-inch widescreen display can show text with rigid crispness and colors show with amazing brilliance.
We anticipate (and really hope!) that Apple brings the wonderful Retina display to the iPod Touch.
How Probable? 100%
Performance & Battery Life
Apple bumped up the internal specs on the iPhone 4 with the A4 processor that is clocked at 1GHz and an increased RAM to 512MB. We expect Apple will probably do that same for the iPod Touch. This added boost would ensure the ability to record 720p HD video as well as multitask with iOS4.
The iPhone 4 also received a battery increase and we hope Apple does the same, although battery life is pretty good as it is. However, it's always better to have the added "juice".
How Probable? 70%
This one we're a little up in the air about. It would seem fitting for Apple to mimic the design of the iPod Touch with that of the new design of the iPhone 4. This would make Apple's design & manufacturing process much simpler and more streamlined, which is what they typically do. However an upgraded design isn't really necessary, so this one isn't concrete by any means.
How Probable? 50%
I know some people have really been hoping that Apple puts an FM radio inside the iPod Touch (and iPhone too). While the iPod is an MP3 player that plays music from your library, it's always nice to be able to pick up your local radio stations for a change. It opens up another world of content too, especially with talk shows and the like. Even the ability to record FM radio broadcasts right onto the device would be another huge plus.
How Probable? 20%
We are also hoping to see a price drop with the new iPod Touch model. It doesn't seem to hard for Apple to make a 32GB model available for $199 or $249 (currently $299) and a 64GB model for $299 or $349 (currently $399). Perhaps a 128GB model for $499, or is that too much to expect?
How Probable? 75%