iPod touch

I’m sure you’ve all read the big news from Apple today: everything is smaller, and with video. Oh, and a touch-capable iPod, with WiFi and mobile iTunes Music Store. As far as I’m concerned (in my spacious AT&T-free Mountain Time zone) Apple took the best parts of the iPhone and the iPod, and made an ultra-slick little device that’s a mere 8mm thin. I couldn’t be more excited about it, not just because of the killer features and gorgeous interface, but for the true mobile web.

I’ve never owned a portable device that was capable of browsing the web, and I think Apple’s implementation is just spot-on. I can’t wait to develop for both the standard web browsers plus the iPod touch. Many have already jumped on board with the mobile web as presented by the iPhone, and I hope to add my skills to the fray, including CSS and JavaScript. I’ve been using both technologies full time for the last 6 months now, and am excited by the “limitation” of a small screen. Using a smaller space will undoubtedly lead to some simple interfaces and creative solutions for the pocket web world.

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iPod touch

19 thoughts on “iPod touch

  1. Well, given the prices of everything, I think you should just get the iPhone. Even if you don’t use it as a phone, its still going to be a better ‘internet communication device’ than the iPod touch!

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  2. I really don’t need the cell phone capabilities, as I already have a capable and much longer battery-life phone and AT&T is nowhere near me. Also, I don’t plan on buying the 16GB model, so I can save myself $100 just by going with the iPod :-)

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  3. MobileSafari without selling my soul to at&t? Count me in!

    I hope the 3rd party apps being developed for the iPhone are compatible with the Touch. And I don’t see why not… they run the same OS.

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  4. Word out there is that the applications on the iPhone and iPod touch are cross-compatible. Rest assured I’ll be messing with MobileMail.app and such on the iPod touch :-)

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  5. what difference would 3 pixels/in make? Please explain… Wouldn’t that just mean the display runs at a different resolution (i.e. just like 13/15″ monitors)?

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  6. @Joel: The difference, presumably, would affect how one creates iPhone/iPod touch sized graphics. Hopefully it will make no difference. We’ll see.

    @pluto198: I’m not sure how the ppi can be different if the other two are the same. Granted, THREE pixels per inch is not much…

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  7. I’m excited, but not as excited as I thought I would be. Here’s my issue: I own a 4GB nano. I thought that would be all I need 4GB to me is extremely limiting and that’s just music. Also, more interesting considering the fact that I pay for all of my music.

    So, with 8GB and 16GB models with a beautiful viewing screen for movies, such as the iPod touch has leaves me lacking. I was ready to bust out and buy one, but I was honestly expecting the base model to be 40GB when I clicked the link. Too bad, so sad.

    I’ll wait.

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  8. PJ says:

    I’m excited, but not about the capacity. Think something like the iPod Super is possible, leaving the flash memory in as a base and building on that with a toshiba hdd and a case mod?

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  9. PJ says:

    Do you think something like what was done with the ipod super could be done with this to include a hdd in order to tap into the touch feature, but then also allow significant storage?

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  10. MangoTru7h says:

    I’m also really interested in the iPod touch. I really want to see what it can do. If it has a voice notes feature like previous ipods (mic in) its possible to get voice chat, or Skype to run on it. sounds fun.

    I am disappointed that it looks like apple decided to disable the feature to add calendar events and contacts via the multi-touch keyboard.

    Then again, thats why I’ll be watching the hacking community, iPod Touch and iPhone seem to run the same binaries.

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  11. AlanScott says:

    I’ve had a second-generation 20gig iPod for three years. I ALWAYS charged it with a 2004 model Apple wall charger, Model A1070, which has marked output of “13 v == 0.62 A.” That second-generation iPod started getting glitchy, so I just bought a new 80 gig iPod Classic. Can I use the A1070 old wall charger with the Classic? The plug fits into the new iPod’s dock connector just fine, but I am afraid to plug the charger into the wall unless I am sure it is compatible. My new iPod Classic 80 gig is stamped at the dock connector “Rated 5-30 v == 1 A max.” I don’t know if that means “5.3 volts” (the output of a USB port, right?), or a permissible range of 5 to 30 volts. Mainly, I don’t know if it’s safe to plug the 13-volt Apple wall charger into the Classic. Can somebody give me some guidance on this?

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  12. Their wording “5-30v” should mean “anywhere from 5 to 30 volts”, as these devices almost always have some sort of power regulation to take whatever is in that range and make it into what the circuitry needs. I’ve give it a shot, but you may want to ask Apple support or check another place (forums?) before trying it.

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  13. Possibly after I get one :-) It looks tedious, though… The iPod Touch’s persistent data is stored on Flash, which is soldered to one of the daughter cards inside the device:

    (credit to AppleInsider for the photo)

    Those two Toshiba TSOP TH58NVG5D4CTG20 chips are 32 Gigabit (4 GigaBytes) each, making up the 8 GB in the entry level Touch model. I’ll bet it’s possible to desolder those chips and replace them with higher capacity ones, but it’s a serious soldering project not for the faint of heart. It would be much, much easier just to swap that entire board out with a newer one, if all the connectors still mate.

    It looks do-able, but I’ll likely do far more software hacking than hardware, given the dense arrangement of components inside.

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  14. dolly says:

    swapping the board completely seems simpler but wouldn’t you need the rest of the components that are connected to the board as well such as the arm chip?

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  15. The square BGA chip there, the one with the Apple logo on it, is the ARM processor. Ten to one, it’s the same CPU used in the high end model. So, yes, swapping the boards would be easier, but if someone were to go the flash desoldering route, they probably wouldn’t have to replace the CPU as well. Swapping BGA chips requires tools usually beyond the reach of even the most hardcore DIY-ers. In any case, the required parts are currently too expensive to attempt this and make it worth investing time and money.

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