iPod fam­ily up­dated

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It must have felt a bit lonely be­ing an iPod re­cently. The ne­glected mid­dle child of the Ap­ple ecosys­tem has felt in­creas­ingly iso­lated – dare we say ir­rel­e­vant? – as Tim Cook’s team has surged on with de­vel­op­ing vir­tu­ally ev­ery other Ap­ple de­vice.

But that’s all changed now that the Cu­per­tino firm has up­dated the iconic iPod fam­ily, both in terms of looks and hard­ware.

The iPod touch gets the lion’s share of the up­dates with a meaty up­grade to its cam­era, tak­ing its res­o­lu­tion from 5MP to 8MP and bring­ing it in line with the iPhone 6. Fur­ther im­prove­ments to the cam­era in­clude a new im­age pro­cess­ing chip and slow-mo­tion video cap­ture, as well as the in­clu­sion of burst mode for shoot­ing mul­ti­ple frames in quick suc­ces­sion.

Ap­ple’s fit­ness drive also trans­lates to the iPod touch thanks to the in­tro­duc­tion of an M8 mo­tion co-pro­ces­sor, which will al­low you to track your fit­ness and el­e­va­tion on the move.

That’s not all – Ap­ple has also in­cluded a speedy new 64-bit A8 chip in the iPod touch to en­sure its new fea­tures run smoothly, and to fu­ture-proof it for up­com­ing iOS up­dates.

Most of the new hard­ware fea­tures are ex­clu­sive to the iPod touch. How­ever, all iPod mod­els – touch, shuf­fle and nano – get five new colour schemes, in­clud­ing space grey, blue, gold, pink and sil­ver. There’s also a spe­cial (PROD­UCT)RED edi­tion, with Ap­ple do­nat­ing part of the pur­chase price to the global fund to fight AIDS in Africa.

Will this be enough to re­ju­ve­nate the iPod line and re­store to glory one of the most iconic Ap­ple de­vices? We’ll have to wait and see.

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