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New iPod touch '3GS' model features Bluetooth, faster graphics

32GB and 64GB handsets now available

Product: iPod touch 3rd gen | Manufacturer: Apple
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As expected, Apple unveiled a new line of iPod touch handsets today at its It's Only Rock and Roll press conference in San Francisco.

Available immediately, 32GB and 64GB iPod touch devices join the previous 8GB and 16GB variations, but despite all the rumours, they don't feature a camera.

The new handsets come with the obvious boost in storage, but also support for peer-to-peer gameplay thanks to the addition of Bluetooth.

Other improvements made in this third generation line up include support for Open GL ES 2.0. This graphics rendering technology makes it possible to create more advanced 3D visuals using shaders.

In other words, prettier games.

Apple also claims that Open GL ES 2.0 gives a performance boost to games played on the new iPod touch devices: 50 per cent to be precise.

Effectively then these are iPod touch '3GS's, which match the extra processing of the iPhone 3GS model.

As a note, purchasing a new 32GB or 64GB iPod touch nets you firmware 3.1, which as well as OS 3.0, has additional music-related features including the Genius recommendation service.

The updated software is pre-installed on the device.

Missing from the new devices is the widely rumoured camera. Instead, it's iPod nano that has been given the camera treatment with full video and still features.

The 32GB model is priced at $299, whereas the larger 64GB edition comes with a $399 price tag.

Apple has also lowered the second generation 8GB model to $199.

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Tracy Erickson 9 September 2009
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Anonymous | 21:43 - 19 September 2009
its going to be a gaming device. no need for a camera. the new hardware is all i wanted. it might not seem like much to you guys but that just means better games.i love the ipod because of the media capabilities.with the icontrolpad gamebone and other controllers coming out its only the hardware that would need upgrading,and now thats done .i am going to be developing games as soon as i get my mac and they are going to be 3gs and ipod touch 3g specific games.once those control pads come out i will have support for them and everything ipod should change.hopefully for better and not for worse.im a gamer and im 15,i have alot of the necessary equipment just not a mac.i will be using opengl 2.0,unity for ipod,sio2 3d engine and some others. for physics agea physx engine the same used in touch ko if possible pixel mapping/bumping shading lighting effects i have a huge library of sounds already only drawback is i work solo right now so extremely long development times are to be expected.its gonna be great as i have many ideas ready hopefully all goes well.
Anonymous | 02:28 - 10 September 2009
heyy apple im realy mad that theres no 3rd gen. and iff there is there bedder be a cammera in it. then more people would buyy itt. ive been saving my moneyy for months and yet no 3rd gen.
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PGTracy | 22:19 - 9 September 2009
Yeah, clarification that the new iPod Touch handsets come with 3.1.1 which has Bluetooth support. Older models can have it, but have to upgrade.
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PGTracy | 20:20 - 9 September 2009
Oops! Fixed that :)
Anonymous | 20:14 - 9 September 2009
there is a spelling error where it says the larger 64MB model :S