16GB iPod touch (teaser 001)

Apple yesterday phased out the fourth-gen iPod touch in favor of a new entry-level $229 16GB model. Basically the fifth-generation, it includes EarPods and has the same four-inch Retina screen, Lightning I/O and the A5 chip as other models – sans the iSight camera and the lanyard hook.

However, there’s one more major difference between this iPod touch and the more capacious models. Ben Pasternak of Sydney, Australia was one of the first buyers and posted a quick hands-on video…

Here’s the video – actually, it’s more of a video slideshow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGcTrCyokUQ

And as you may have guessed by now, Apple’s “new” 16GB fifth-gen iPod touch is only offered in the black-and-silver combination (it’s actually a brand new colour scheme) whereas 16GB and 32GB models come in a variety of color options.

Price at $229, it’s Apple’s most affordable iPod touch and $70 cheaper than the $299 16GB model, or $170 cheaper versus the $399 64GB model.

Oh, and for the nitpicking types: dropping the camera and wrist strap holding button has resulted in a device that’s a hair lighter.

You’ll have to decide for yourself whether the lack of the lanyard hook, color choices and five-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p video capture is worth saving $70.

By the way, if Apple was willing to drop the iSight camera to shave costs, I’m not really sure why they kept the FaceTime camera out the front.

In a rare confirmation, Apple confirmed yesterday it sold a hundred million iPod touch units since its inception in 2007. As for the iPhone, it apparently sold 352,292,000 units since day one through the most recent quarter, per Apple’s filings analyzed by Stupid Calculations.

  • jo

    Cool. I bought the 8 gigabite for the same price. Ahh but that’s okay.

    • Gorgonphone

      and you have a camera…

      • mehrab

        so you’ll take that crappy slow poorly designed ipod touch 4 which has vga front and only 720p shitty back cam and not the taller thinner lighter faster with siri and facetime hd ipod?

      • jo

        OK thanks you guys made me feel so much better! Finally it was a great idea to buy the 8 gig one.

      • mehrab

        yeah your only misiing the front hd camera the better overall build the bigger better display double the ram cpu and 9x the gpu you aint misssing much 🙂 gooddaaayy!

      • iOops

        I will be getting this for my daughter on her 3rd birthday in a few months (upgrade from her older 4th gen). iPods are invaluable, cheap, and wonderful for the kids.

      • Michael Crabtree

        Your kid has had an iPod since they were 2? Wtf…

      • iOops

        Yep, answered in reply to my post.

      • jo

        What? At 2 years old an iPod?

      • iOops

        Yes, answered in reply to my post.

      • iOops

        Yes, she got an iPod and Tablet (Galaxy Tab 2, 7.0) when she was 1 1/2, and a laptop since birth (mainly for flash games, and videos).

        The iPod is great and portable, but the Android tablet has an app called Kids mode which is a kiosk that jails your child to their own home screen with their apps – any attempt to exit (home button, etc.) or click on links or unwanted things from within games only brings then back to their home screen, but does not go to the app store or anything else that is blocked – completely safe (no iAP fears). To exit Kids mode needs answers and gestures only an adult can do.

        Kids Mode is also available on iOS however Apple does not allow kiosk modes in apps and as such cannot jail kids or prevent them from click adverts, etc. from within games. Because of this, the iPod needs supervision, but is great for traveling.

        She is now almost 3, and knows all her alphabets, numbers to 25, all shapes that kids should know (and some I was not aware of), primary colours, sounds, animals, and basic math. The list goes on. I highly recommend a tablet or iPod for any preschooler as it is a great learning aid.

      • jo

        ok cool

      • Kurt

        Be careful with the electronic devices around your girl who is still rapidly developing. My friend is a Lawyer for a cell company. He and others have been preparing for future law suits that they expect in the future. He told me to never put my phone in my pocket. I do my best to keep it out at all times when I’m not walking.

      • iOops

        I agree that some devices are down right worrisome. Because of this, we opted to have our daughter use wifi-only devices which are safe, compared to their 3G counterparts.

  • Boss

    I was really hoping Apple was gonna get rid of the 16gb for ipods iphone and ipads and make the 32GB the cheapest along with a 64gb and 128gb

    • That’s a too-good move for customers, so it’s never gonna happen at Apple first…

  • Gorgonphone

    “Oh, and for the nitpicking types: dropping the camera and wrist strap holding button has resulted in a device that’s a hair lighter.”

    ohh wow well they could have dropped every thing and made an ipod that weighs nothing at all..lol silly…hhmm think i will take the engine out of my car so it will weight even less….silly

    • ɑղժɾҽա

      Well if they dropped “everything,” then there would be no iPod, would there?

      • Gorgonphone

        OMG…. i didnt think that deep into it but yes yes you just might be right.. hahahahahhaha

  • Billy Jones

    I believe apple will do the same thing to the iPhone for the so called “Budget iPhone”. I think they are just testing to see if sales would be better if they got rid of some of the specs for a cheaper price.

    • Andy

      If a budget iPhone is released, it’s probably going to be an iPhone 4S, but with 4 inch screen and Lightning I/O. Also if they release an iPad mini 2 this year, the original iPad mini may very well replace the aging iPad 2 as the ‘budget’ option. So this means all iOS devices on the Apple Store will use the Lightning port by the end of this year.

      • milksop held

        It would probably also have cheaper parts, lower build quality and a non apple SOC probably a qualcomm 200 or maybe a 400

  • Andyxyoona

    there’s a typo there. in the 3rd line: “…16GB and 32GB come in…” should be “…32GB and 64GB come in a variety of color options”

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    Does that iPod remind you of the original iPhone? I love the design so much.

    • Anthony Antunez

      Yeah! I’m hoping apple does this to the new iPhones eventually. Get a new iPhone with a classic feel.

  • Michael Hulet

    I’d just like to point out that Apple only sells 32 GB & 64 GB colored iPod touches, as opposed to what this article stated at a couple points, and the new one is 16 GB only

  • I stick to my Ipod classic 160GB also got a Ipad and iphone 5 😛

  • Joseph lau

    Why does it still have the camera graphic on the peel away?

    • Malay Mody

      Still has the front facing camera 😉

    • Justin Thurmond

      it must be a new peel away to make it look like the phone is on out of the package when it really is off

  • Chris Zhu

    I want this color scheme for the original, 32GB iPod touch.

  • Benchmark Apps

    If your not a ‘photo taker’ and a gamer this is great for you. 🙂

  • ℤ̵̪͊α̵̢͆ḉ̴̢̒Ħ̸͕̒α̸̺̌ḉ̵̭̆к̶̫͠

    This just most likely confirmed that there is going to be a “budget iphone” but I dont think any of this is a good idea

    • jo

      Haha I like your name, ℤ̵̪͊α̵̢͆ḉ̴̢̒Ħ̸͕̒α̸̺̌ḉ̵̭̆к̶̫͠

  • dedegarrido

    “whereas 16GB and 32GB models come in a variety of color options.” I think you meant 32GB and 64GB…

  • dedegarrido

    “Price at $229, it’s Apple’s most affordable iPod touch and $70 cheaper
    than the $299 16GB model, or $170 cheaper versus the $399 64GB model.” should actually be “Price at $229, it’s Apple’s most affordable iPod touch and $70 cheaper
    than the $299 32GB model, or $170 cheaper versus the $399 64GB model.” you got the “16GB” wrong there 😉

  • Ricky

    The aide looks like the first gen ipad

  • @sexyhamthing

    Id rather save the 300 dollars and just not buy an ipod

    • jo

      Haha

  • Edvard

    This is soo silly, honestly i toght apple would make better products but what betyer with this?

    • Edvard

      Better*

  • Imad Ghandour

    Its kept thr camera in the front because it cheaper to make similar fronts as the 32 GB and 64 GB versions then manufacturing another line alltogether just for the cheaper 16 GB ipod

  • Justin Thurmond

    “By the way, if Apple was willing to drop the iSight camera to shave costs, I’m not really sure why they kept the FaceTime camera out the front.”

    Please explain how this at all makes sense to you?

    • milksop held

      So teens can still take selfies

      • mehrab

        and also facetime skype

  • batongxue

    New gen iPod Classic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rosssimpson

    “By the way, if Apple was willing to drop the iSight camera to shave costs, I’m not really sure why they kept the FaceTime camera out the front.” Probably so the iPod uses could still use FaceTime

  • Rodney Coleman

    Soooo the cheap iPhone won’t have a camera too??

  • Abdullah E. D.

    Second last para.. “Shave costs”..

  • Honest Opinions

    ok, so I have the 16gb and it KINDA sucks to not have a camera in front, but I never really used it on a regular basis with my ipod 4, so it really is preference whether or not you get a higher gb ipod.