iPod touch: I’ve got an app for that
We’re going to finish off our review of Apple media devices by having a look at the latest and greatest iPod touch armed with the feisty iOS 5operating system.
The iPod touch is available as an entry level 8GB device and up to a 64GB for those that demand significant capacity.
The overall look of the device hasn’t changed dramatically, but is now offered in white and definitely emulates the Apple look we are accustomed to. The current generation is slightly sleeker than its predecessor and weighs slightly less.
This feature packed device sports a bevy of new and exciting features that one would not have expected to find in a portable media device. We don’t have quite enough space to review all of these in detail, so will touch on those that stand out to me as a consumer.
The most attractive feature is the iMessage app, which allows you to send text messages to and from any Apple device with an iOS X operating system that has the iMessage app installed. All you need is the app, a Wi-Fi connection and away you go. The texting is unlimited, free and you can even send messages to multiple people at once.
Another revolutionary feature is the HD video recording capabilities that allow you to film a HD video clip that you can upload directly to Utube, or modify using basic editing tools that are included. For those that are a bit more adventurous, you can purchase iMovie from the app store ($4.99) and produce some impressive movies/videos in just a few minutes.
iMovie will allow you to manipulate and combine, video clips, photos and audio and also comes with 8 preset themes, one of which is CNN iReport and various soundtracks that can be loaded into your video.
The FaceTime app allows Apple users to communicate in real time video format within the Apple iOS X community; one could compare the experience similar to that of using Skype. The iTouch comes equipped with dual cameras, one on the front of the device and the other on the back along with the microphone for the audio.
Apple is one of those brands that consumers love because they always try and make your experience a seamless one and now they have taken that concept to a whole new level with iCloud.
iCloud is a virtual host for all of your movies, music, photos and files that automatically replicates on all of your devices. Imagine being at your daughter’s school play, where you filmed her using your iTouch and then arriving home and being able to switch on your TV and the clip plays through your Apple TV, without having to download or attach cables- seamless as I said before.
As one of my colleagues likes to say, “I can run the world from my Apple”. See you all next week as we take a look at top ten picks for Christmas.