New iPods refuse to be upstaged in San Fran
The fifth generation iPod Touch and seventh-generation nano were unveiled in San Francisco alongside the iPhone 5 and although the handset generated the most hype and headlines, the Touch and nano revealed plenty to show off about too.
The iPod has revolutionised the way we listen to music over the past decade, and the latest models show Apple has no signs of slowing down.
The fifth generation iPod Touch and seventh-generation nano were unveiled in San Francisco alongside the iPhone 5 and although the handset generated the most hype and headlines, the Touch and nano revealed plenty to show off about too. For a start, both devices sport the latest Apple technology in the new 8-pin dock connector - known simply as Lightning.
The new nano is likely to be a hit with joggers and gamers alike.
The new iPod Touch is the lightest and thinnest yet and takes its style lead from the smooth contours of the new iPhone. It's available in colours including pink, yellow and blue as well as Apple's iconic monochrome shades. Weighing in at just 88 grams and a mere 6mm thick, it's perfect for those using iPods while pounding the pavements clad in Lycra. On the other hand, if gaming and apps are more your bag, the four-inch retina display will be right up your street.
Gamers can also look forward to sharper and faster graphics thanks to the inclusion of Apple's A5 processor. The upgrade from the previous A4 means graphics will be delivered seven times faster for blink-and-you'll-miss-it action.
Watching video and listening to tunes are also given a boost, with playback increasing to eight hours for video and 40 hours for audio - perfect to ease the pain of a long train journey. The revolution continues for snappers too, with the new Touch offering a five megapixel camera.
Apple bosses also announced a new nano, and the latest version of the all-time classic was in no mood to be upstaged either. The seventh-generation nano is certainly easy on the eye, its rectangular shape reminiscent of a mini iPod Touch and coming in colours such as baby blue, lavender and the more understated black and white. Style aside, the new 16GB nano features a larger 2.5-inch touchscreen and has Bluetooth built in for the first time so you can stream your music wirelessly. Joggers inspired by the Great North Run may also be swayed by the inclusion of full support for Nike+ and the fact it's only 5.8mm thick - nearly 40% slimmer than the previous model.
The iPod Touch is available in 32GB and 64GB and is available for pre-order now and in-store in October.
The 32GB is priced £249 and the 64GB £329. The nano is available in 16GB and will also be available from October. It's priced at £129.