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In addition to its new iPhone 5, Apple has unveiled several new iPod products during today's press event. First up, the revamped iPod nano deviates from its predecessor's square-like 1.47 x 1.61-inch design and looks more like a minature iPhone. It's said to be the thinnest nano to date, measuring only 5.4mm thick, 38% trimmer than the previous-generation device. It also packs the biggest touchscreen Apple has ever crammed into a nano, spanning 2.5 inches, making it more suitable for watching videos.
Other features include an iPhone-like home button, hardware controls on the side for play/pause and forward/back, Bluetooth connectivity (a long-requested feature), as well as a built-in pedometer and FM tuner with live pause. The new iPod nano will launch next month with one capacity (16GB) for $149, though Apple will provide seven color choices, including black, silver, red, blue, green, yellow and pink.
Apple has also updated its iPod touch, which is now made of anodized aluminum, carries the same 326PPI, 4-inch screen as the iPhone 5, and houses the dual-core A5 SoC, which has twice the processing power as the previous-gen iPod touch's chip. Apple says this boost in horsepower will be especially handy when it comes to playing games, a note that will surely pique the interest of many iPod users.
The new iPod touch also features a 5MP camera with an LED flash on the rear and a 720p "FaceTime camera" on the front, a battery life of 40 hours, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE, 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, AirPlay support, and it measures only 6.1mm thick while weighing 88 grams -- the thinnest and lightest version yet. Four color variants of the new iPod touch will be available next month for $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB), while the fourth-generation iPod touch will be reduced to $199 (16GB) and $249 (32GB).
The iPod unveilings were accompanied by redesigned earbuds (dubbed "EarPods"), which are said to be the result of three years of development. In addition to being more accommodating of varying ear sizes, they tout richer bass and greater protection from moisture than Apple's previous offering, as well as an integrated a remote to adjust volume, control media playback and answer or end calls on the iPhone. The EarPods are available today for $29 and may be bundled with Apple's devices.
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