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A great new iPod and then some

Apple has announced the new iPod touch range, packed with new features including Apple’s Retina display, FaceTime video calling, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 chip, 3-axis gyro and iOS 4.1‚Äîall combined in the thinnest and lightest iPod touch.

The new iPod touch features up to 40 hours of music playback and seven hours of video playback on a single battery charge.

‚We’ve put our most advanced technology inside the new iPod touch,‚ said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

‚Whether you’re listening to music, making FaceTime video calls, browsing the web, capturing HD video or watching TV shows and movies, the new iPod touch with its Retina display, A4 chip and 3-axis gyro is more fun than ever.‚

Apple’s Retina display makes everything on iPod touch look even more incredible, whether playing games, watching video, browsing the web or flicking through photos. The Retina display has 960 x 640 pixels‚Äîfour times as many pixels than before. The resulting 326 pixels per inch is so dense that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels when iPod touch is held at a normal distance, making text, images and video look sharper, smoother and more realistic.

With the new front-facing camera and mic, iPod touch users can make FaceTime video calls over Wi-Fi. With just one tap of the new FaceTime app, iPod touch users can call other new iPod touch or iPhone 4 users to easily see what their friends are up to, share important moments like the first day of school and even show others what they are seeing by easily switching to the rear-facing camera.

The rear-facing camera on iPod touch is perfect for HD video recording. Users can easily capture HD video wherever they are and share it via email, MobileMe and YouTube. With the iMovie app, users can combine movie clips, add dynamic transitions and themes and include photos and music right on their iPod touch. Users can buy and download the app for just $4.99 through the App Store right on their iPod touch.

Apple’s A4 chip provides iPod touch users with exceptional processor and graphics performance along with long battery life. This remarkably fast and power-efficient chip, along with the Retina display and 3-axis gyro, makes games on iPod touch the best they’ve ever been on any mobile device. Additionally, with the App Store on iPod touch, users have access to the world’s largest catalog of apps with over 250,000 apps.

The new iPod touch comes with iOS 4.1, the newest version of the mobile operating system. iOS 4.1 enables new features like FaceTime video calling, multitasking and folders.

Apple’s new holiday line-up includes a brand new iPod shuffle for R499: the new iPod nano with MultiTouch starting at R1 559: the new iPod touch with Retina display, Apple’s A4 chip, FaceTime, and HD video recording starting at R2 199: and iPod classic in a 160GB model for R2 599.

Pricing & Availability

The new iPod touch will be available towards the end of September, from, Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorised Resellers.

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