iPod touch

The iPod touch (or casually known as iTouch) is an iPod portable media player designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The device, which features a multi-touch interface, was unveiled to the general public on September 5, 2007 as part of an event dubbed "The Beat Goes On",[1] - an event which featured the introduction of Cover Flow to the iPod line. The iPod touch uses 8 or 16 GB of flash memory, costing US$299 and US$399 respectively. It also has Wi-Fi and includes Safari, Apple's web browser. The iPod touch is the first generation of the iPod line to include wireless access to the iTunes Store.[2] The iPod touch also has the capability to detect the current and last 10 songs playing in a Starbucks café within the vicinity of the device, and offers the user the opportunity to download the tracks in the iTunes music store. This feature will slowly be offered in limited markets. There are currently no plans to expand into international Starbucks stores

The iPod touch has a touch screen interface similar to that of the iPhone. Like the iPhone, it includes a physical home button separate from the touch screen. The home screen includes a headphone set, an alarm clock and also a list of buttons corresponding to the available applications: Music, Videos, Photos, iTunes on the bottom button row. Safari, YouTube, Calendar, Contacts, Clock, Calculator, and Settings are at the top. The iPod touch comes preloaded with 28 wallpaper photos, some of which are figures from the iPod advertisements.

On October 17, 2007, Steve Jobs, in an open letter posted onto Apple's webpage, announced that an SDK for the iPhone would be made available to third-party developers in February 2008. Due to security concerns and Jobs' praise of Nokia's digital signature system, it is also suggested that Apple will adopt a similar method. The SDK will also apply to the iPod touch.[4]


Also there have been numerous applications created for the iPod touch and many more ported over from the iPhone. It was jailbroken by numerous third-parties

The iPod touch is equipped with Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, and, like the iPhone, includes a mobile version of Safari browser and a viewing client for YouTube. The device's Wi-Fi capabilities can also be used to purchase music from the iTunes Store wirelessly. Like its counterpart, the iPhone, the iPod touch does not support 802.1x authentication method, which is a common enterprise standard. There has not been any mention of UPnP AV media rendering support.


Initial reviews of the iPod touch have noted some differences compared to Apple's similar iPhone. Furthermore, the iPod touch is missing the iPhone's email, mapping and stock tracking applications. The iPod touch also lacks Bluetooth capability. At least one critic has suggested that Apple may have purposefully left out these applications and hardware features in order to reduce this product's competition against its pricier cousin, the iPhone. Another suggests that the product doesn't require those particular features because it's an iPod and not a mobile phone.[6]

Another complaint targets the lack of hardware volume controls, a feature present on the iPhone. The iPod touch uses software-based controls, which require users to first double click the home button, and to then use the touch sensitive screen to change the volume.[6]

The iPod touch initially shipped without the ability to add or edit calendar events. This was later rectified by firmware update 1.1.2.

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