iPod touch

iPod touch
The iPod touch is a portable digital touch screen multi-touch, designed and marketed by Apple, which can also be regarded as a portable console, because of its many applications and games. It is compatible WiFi to surf the web with Safari, has a mail client, and access to an optimized version of the iTunes Store to download music (downloaded items s 'automatically add to iTunes library when syncing with the computer user). It can also watch videos and photos, and has access to an optimized version of YouTube.

Presented at the keynote of Steve Jobs in September 2007, the iPod Touch is similar to the iPhone minus the phone features and digital camera. The unit manages the electronic mail and some applications. He maintains a design very similar to that of the iPhone, and embeds 8, 32 or 64 GB of flash memory. For example, the capacity of the 8GB model is approximately: 1750 songs, 10 hours of video or 10,000 photos. It may also take on board hundreds of applications (free or fee) via the App Store, software developed by Apple which is actually a platform for downloading applications to the iPod Touch and iPhone.

Its operating system is derived iOS Mac OS X and is also used on the iPhone, currently in version 4.0 (released June 21, 2010) and also freely available for all iPod touch with a previous operating system. It comes with Safari for Web browsing in wireless

Since its launch in September 2007 in the United States, it was available at the respective prices of $ 299, $ 399 and $ 499 for 8GB versions, 16GB and 32GB's price in France was 309 € for the version of 8GB and 409 € for the 16GB version of this price was lowered to 229 € for the 8GB version, € 99 360 for 16 GB version and 469 € for the 32GB in early 2008, prices declined to be 229 € for the 8GB version, 289 € for the 16GB version and 389 € for the 32GB version of School 2009, prices have been reduced to 199 € for the 8GB version, 289 € for the 32 GB version and 379 € for the 64GB version (the 16GB version was abandoned).

The new iPod touch 3G has been launched September 9, 2009 by Apple during his keynote. It contains no great innovation: only the CPU has been changed to improve performance by almost 50% and allow the integration of OpenGL ES 2.0 and only models 32GB and 64GB are equipped.


* Screen: 3.5 inch or 8.89 cm (diagonal), 480 x 320 pixels, for a definition of 163 ppi
* ARM processor running at 620 MHz to 532 MHz clamped
* RAM: 128 MB
* Memory: 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB
* Interface: USB2, Wi-Fi (802.11b / g), Port for a universal jack
* Current versions: 1.1.5 (free) / 2.2.1 (7,99 € or CAD $ 9.99, free for 2G and for owners of the update 2.0 or later) / 3.0 (7.99 € or $ 9.99 CAN) / 3.1.2 (3 € 99) and 4.0 (free) with new properties are to create documents.
* Autonomy: 36 pm and 6 pm in music video, 22 hours audio and 5 hours in the first generation video
* Wi-Fi (802.11b / g) (WEP, WPA and WPA2)
* Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Available for the 2nd generation, configurable since June 17, 2009)
* Audio formats supported: AAC, MP3, Apple Lossless, WAVE, AIFF
* Video formats supported: H.264 (640 x 480 pixels) MPEG4 (640 x 480 pixels)
* Weight: 115 grams
* Can not currently be recognized as a hard drive by Windows nor Mac OS X, to counter piracy. The only way to put music or videos is to use iTunes. However, it is possible to access a database of stored images (screenshots and images retrieved from Safari), because it is detected as a camera by Windows, Mac and Linux. In addition, third-party applications downloaded on the App Store now allow iPod touch (all ages) to transfer data from one computer to another on Mac OS X, Windows and (presumably) Linux.

Multitouch touchscreen iPod touch
Its 3.5-inch (8.89 cm) has a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels at 163 pixels per inch, which is one of the greatest density of pixels on an Apple product (the greater in October 2007 is 209 pixels per inch, the so-called iPod nano 3rd generation).

The iPod touch features a touchscreen technology called "Multitouch," which allows to use several fingers at once. Its use is simple.

* Pinch to zoom out
* Move your fingers to zoom
* Click on the part of the screen text that you wish to see appear larger (a magnifying glass appears and you can see more through)

It also includes an accelerometer. In music mode, a simple rotation can bring up the CoverFlow which displays CD covers. In Pictures, a rotation device rotates the picture. In Safari, the accelerometer will rotate the web page.

However, this accelerometer is not limited to these movements. It can precisely capture and real-time camera movement, which proved important in the development of third-party applications. Thus, in landscape mode, the user can for example use it like a steering wheel for car racing games.

The iPod touch, like all versions of the iPhone, the iPhone runs on OS, a mobile variation of Mac OS.

Published by Apple March 29, 2007, the 2.0 update to iPhone OS cost € 7.99 or $ 9.99 CDN for iPod touch and proposed the following new features:

* New applications: the App Store, as well as Notes, Exchange, plans and Mail (for those who did not purchase the upgrade in January);
* Changing the settings can now be added the application settings;
* Creation of email accounts facilitated;
* Calculator is changing, in landscape mode, in a scientific calculator;
* Ability to save images in Safari by pressing time on them;
* Screenshots quickly pressing the buttons Home and Power;
* Optional alphabetical and research contacts;
* Added parental controls.

The operating system then evolved in 2.1 September 12, 2008. This update contained including many bug fixes and optimizations in performance and battery life. This update is free for owners of iPod Touch to version 2.0, and costs € 7.99 or $ 9.99 CDN for owners of earlier versions.

On November 21, 2008, is published a new update, stamped 2.2. It includes these features varied:

* Ability to disable the automatic spell correction;
* Press the Home button from any home screen back to the first home screen;
* Support for new languages;
* Ability to download podcasts ("Podcasts" in Quebec) directly on the device through the iTunes Store;
* Various improvements to ergonomics at the App Store, Mail, and Safari;
* Optimizations in performance.

Then version 3.0, Release 17 June 2009, as has the news:

* Downloading TV shows, music videos and audio books via a Wi-Fi from the iTunes Store on iPod touch;
* Music and other audio, wireless, in addition to the opportunity to associate its product to compatible Bluetooth headphones;
* Network games ("peer"), regardless of distance;
* More spacious keyboard in landscape mode in Mail, Messages, Notes and safari;
* Research all of the aircraft or in the contacts, emails, calendars and notes, as well as your music and videos with Spotlight;
* Function cut, copy and paste text quickly and easily from one application to another, as well as images from the web;
* Control of music, videos and applications to which children can access on the iPod touch;
* Memorized username and password for the Wi-Fi system;
* Creation of accounts on the iTunes Store;
* Choice of 34 languages and more than 40 keyboard layouts;
* Notifications push mode;
* Possibility of connecting new props, through Bluetooth or iPod touch connector 30 pin;
* Improved performance of the automatic entry of user names and passwords on Safari;
* Timing of notes on the iPod Touch with iTunes;
* Opportunity to shake his iPod touch to it shuffles the songs of his music collection.

Version 4.0, called iOS 4, was released June 21, 2010, providing among other new features:

* Multitasking (not available on the first and second generation iPod Touch);
* Possibility to use application folders (maximum 12 applications folder, no subfolder);
* Putting all the mailboxes.

Apple's policy is to charge for major upgrades (2.0 and 3.0) for iPod touch (7.99 € in France, $ 9.99 in Canada, and CHF 11 .- in Switzerland).

However once the update **. 0 purchased, such as 3.0 or 2.0, interim updates **. **. 1 or 2, such as 2.1 or 2.2, are then free. The iOS 4 is an exception to the rule updates important: it is free.

See also iPad