There are two major new features included in the new iPod touch that have never been included in a previous iPod. Multi-touch interface and Wi-Fi access.
With functionality practically identical to the iPhone, the multi-touch interface really brings a new dimension to Apple’s iPod lineup.
The iPhone’s finger-flickin’ goodness is now officially on an iPod via the same Coverflow feature that exists on the iPhone and in iTunes.
Another first for the iPod lineup, Wi-Fi is now built in to the iPod touch. What would you need Wi-Fi for? Well I’m glad you asked.
The Safari browser that exists on the iPhone is now integrated in to the iPod touch and using any public Wi-Fi network you can now browse the internet, watch YouTube videos or purchase music from the brand spankin’ new iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store.
There is an 8GB model that will set you back almost $300 and a 16GB model that will set you back almost $400. My initial thoughts are that the pricing is a bit steep, especially for the 16GB model. As with other Apple products, there is a good chance the price will drop after 6-12 months.
Overall I feel like this is a pretty solid new product. The fact that it looks almost identical to the iPhone does irk me a bit. It just seems like a bit of a copout. Though it could be argued that there is no need to fix what isn’t broken. Touché.
There is also the new Starbucks partnership that reeks of burnt coffee to me. Sure, the fact that you could be in a Starbucks, here a song you like, and purchase it on the spot is a cool feature but it just seems to be an extra layer of fluff that is unnecessary and just overcrowds Apple’s brand.