Music to your ears
By Adarsh Matham
30th September 2012 12:00 AM
The new iPods and Ear Pods for an exciting and improved musical experience.
The ‘best music player in the world’ iPod Touch got upgraded to a 4-inch Retina display with an all-new design with features like the new lightning connector. The super thin aluminum body comes in five beautiful colours for the first time. It also gets upgraded to a 5-megapixel i-Sight camera that can shoot 1080 HD video which combined with advanced optics, tap to focus and face detection make for a good camera. To make use of the new dual-core A5 chip, the iPod Touch gets iOS 6 and all its great features like shared photo streams and Facebook integration. The iPod gets Siri so you can start talking to your music player. A crazy feature is the pop-up metal button on the back to which a colour matched loop can be attached so you don’t drop the iPod accidentally.
The iPod Nano went through many design changes over the years. The latest iteration is the thinnest ever made at 5.4mm and with a 2.5-inch multi-touch display, it is as small as a credit card and comes in seven different colours, and the biggest change of all, it gets video back. But the new Nano is not just about listening to music and playing videos, and carrying around thousands of photos but it is also a great fitness device with a built-in pedometer and Nike+ integration. With the newly built in Bluetooth 4.0, you can also connect your Bluetooth-enabled speakers, headphones and even car audio. Even the radio app gets a new app which gets some new features like Live Pause so that you can pause your radio and can rewind back up to 15 minutes.
For years, the iPod, the iPhone and even the iPad have been great devices for taking music on the go. But one thing that did not get changed since the beginning of the century are the Apple earphones. Finally, even those got a design upgrade. Called “Ear Pods”, these revamped ear phones are designed to make sure that they not only fit comfortably inside your ear, but also stay inside your ear, and also minimise sound loss and maximise sound output. Apple boasts of achieving this by digitally 3D mapping hundreds of ears and arriving at design the matches the geometry of the human ear.
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