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Apple Launches 16 GB iPod touch with No Rear Camera

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Apple has released a new, budget 5th generation iPod touch.

With WWDC just around the corner, most people are focusing on whether or not Apple is preparing to launch a new iPhone in just a few weeks' time. However, it seems the Cupertino-based company has been prepping a different kind of touchscreen device over the last few months.

 

Apple this morning surprised us all with the launch of a brand new iPod touch with Retina display and 16 GB of storage. The company quietly updated its store to include a 16 GB model of last year's 5th generation iPod touch. Apple launched the fifth generation iPod last September, bringing color to the iPod range and adding a 4-inch screen, IPS display, support for 1080p video recording and panoramic stills, an LED flash, Apple's A5 chip, and support for Siri. However, the MP3 player was only available in 32 GB and 64 GB capacities. 

The new model isn't exactly the same, though. Apple's new 16 GB model of the 5th gen iPod touch is only available in silver and doesn't have a rear-facing camera or a loop for a lanyard. If you can get past these omissions, it's priced at $229 and is available via the Apple store online right now.

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    Mark Honzawa , May 30, 2013 1:30 PM
    How is $229 a budget item? I can get a pretty nice Android Tablet with much more space for that much.
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    Mark Honzawa , May 30, 2013 1:30 PM
    How is $229 a budget item? I can get a pretty nice Android Tablet with much more space for that much.
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    house70 , May 30, 2013 1:41 PM
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    How is $229 a budget item? I can get a pretty nice Android Tablet with much more space for that much.


    That's Apple's notion of a "budget device".
    This seems to be designed to be just a media player, nothing more. Thing is, for less money one can get a better player (capacity, functionality-wise, just no fruit logo).
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    teh_chem , May 30, 2013 2:13 PM
    Sounds like they had a surplus of parts to me.
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    edogawa , May 30, 2013 2:44 PM
    Serious question, why buy an iPod if your phone can serve the same purpose? That seems rather expensive too for an iPod with only 16GB of space.
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    livebriand , May 30, 2013 3:43 PM
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    Serious question, why buy an iPod if your phone can serve the same purpose? That seems rather expensive too for an iPod with only 16GB of space.

    iPod Touches seem to be pretty popular among tweens/teens, since their parents aren't always willing to pay for a data plan. I've seen plenty of them with these, as well as dumbphones for actually making calls.
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    livebriand , May 30, 2013 3:44 PM
    I'm surprised they're doing this, since their profit margin must be lower than on the 32GB version.
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    teh_chem , May 30, 2013 3:47 PM
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    Serious question, why buy an iPod if your phone can serve the same purpose? That seems rather expensive too for an iPod with only 16GB of space.


    To play devil's advocate, lots of people substitute their smartphone with an ipod touch for activities--gym etc. Some people don't want to carry a data plan on their cell account, so they have dumbphones ("feature phones" lol), a portable media player is a nice thing to have. Other people are parents; lots provide ipod touches for their little kids as entertainment or learning tools.

    Don't get me wrong; I use my phone for pretty much everything other than falling asleep to audio books (funnily enough, I have an aging ipod touch for that--but if it broke, I wouldn't buy another one...).
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    danwat1234 , May 30, 2013 4:14 PM
    Better yet buy an iPod classic and put in a 250GB 1 platter 1.8" drive in it.
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    Eowsasdf , May 30, 2013 6:28 PM
    I work for a government contractor, and believe it or not, no cameras (Meaning no personal smart phones outside of a camera-less Blackberry Bold) are allowed inside the gate. If I want to listen to music while working, or do anything else that one would use an iPhone for besides calls, the iPod touch is really the only choice. iOS and the iPod touch mimic the iPhone in function using iCloud. Judging by this from Apple, my co-workers and I are not the only "non-camera" iOS users out there.
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    echozero , May 30, 2013 9:23 PM
    Wait a sec.. 32G 2 camera Ipod touch is 299, are people really going to save 70 dollar settle for 16G front camera only ipod touch?
    It might be the case if there is SD or Micro SD slot since a 32G MicroSD/SD is cheaper than what Apple ask for 16G extra space.
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    martel80 , May 30, 2013 11:47 PM
    "To play devil's advocate, lots of people substitute their smartphone with an ipod touch for activities--gym etc."
    This is still too expensive (and too large and fragile) for a work-out PMP. Players made by Sandisk (e.g. Clip+) are much better for this purpose. Just buy a 4 or 8GB version and a 32GB microSD card. In case you waste your device, just buy a new one and re-use the card.
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    edogawa , May 31, 2013 12:45 AM
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    Serious question, why buy an iPod if your phone can serve the same purpose? That seems rather expensive too for an iPod with only 16GB of space.


    To play devil's advocate, lots of people substitute their smartphone with an ipod touch for activities--gym etc. Some people don't want to carry a data plan on their cell account, so they have dumbphones ("feature phones" lol), a portable media player is a nice thing to have. Other people are parents; lots provide ipod touches for their little kids as entertainment or learning tools.

    Don't get me wrong; I use my phone for pretty much everything other than falling asleep to audio books (funnily enough, I have an aging ipod touch for that--but if it broke, I wouldn't buy another one...).


    That does make sense actually. Myself, I actually have my phone setup to stream my 500GB of music from my home and I can just browse the assorted audio directories(it works really well), no need to worry about phone or iPod storage ever. Data plans sure are expensive though, ridiculous really, I hope they become cheaper in the future.
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    virtualban , May 31, 2013 1:18 AM
    If they wanted to change the number of back cameras, they should have put 2 of them instead. At eyes difference from each other.
    Apple might not be much into stereo view, but why not take the pictures now with the chance to properly view them when tech becomes available?
    Not just Apple, anybody should put 2 cameras on their phones.
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    gggplaya , May 31, 2013 6:04 AM
    No reason to buy this when you can buy an android tablet for less, or ipad mini for slightly more.
    The tablets are also generally more accepted at schools as well, since these types of products are more aimed at younger buyer without cell phones.
    Pretty much the only reason to buy this is a specific need for the smaller size.
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    pocketdrummer , May 31, 2013 7:35 PM
    I fail to see how this is even relevant to the world anymore. Why spend $230 on a device that has no camera and no phone capability.
    Wait for your contract to renew and buy a HTC One or a Galaxy S4.
    OR, if you don't like contracts, you're probably going to end up with a shitty unlocked phone for $300 and then this for $230. In that case, just buy a damn Nexus phone and you'll one have to carry one device and you won't have a shitty phone.
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    pocketdrummer , May 31, 2013 7:37 PM
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    Serious question, why buy an iPod if your phone can serve the same purpose? That seems rather expensive too for an iPod with only 16GB of space.


    To play devil's advocate, lots of people substitute their smartphone with an ipod touch for activities--gym etc.


    Otterbox Defender.
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    tinmann , June 1, 2013 5:10 AM
    People are still buying these devices? What can it do that my S3 can't?
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    SJ4Y , December 2, 2013 10:00 AM
    Why isn't there a camera on the rear side on I pod 5 ??
    I like taking pictures :) 
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    SJ4Y , December 2, 2013 10:04 AM
    There should be a camera:(