New Colorful iPod touch Takes Cues from iPhone 5

Following iPhone 5′s introduction came another upgrade to the iOS lineup to a device that has been largely overlooked in the past year. iPod touch has been updated to suave specification that brings it more on par with the latest iPhone than it has in the past, on the same day-and-date to boot. It is a vibrant take on what Apple has accomplished in smartphones.

Not to be forgotten in between the iPhone and iPad, iPod touch has been upgraded to place that new 4″ Retina Display front-and-center while still maintaining a thinner profile than the iPhone; at 6.1mm and 88 grams, it is positively svelte. A new solid aluminum back makes the device feel more premium and up to its siblings’ level of build quality.

Borrowing iPhone 5′s sapphire crystal lens cover, the iPod touch’s back camera get an upgrade to a backside-illuminated, 5-megapixel (vs iPhone 5′s 8-megapixels) f/2.4 lens while the front is now a 720p FaceTime HD shooter.

While the new iPod touch shares its similarities with the rest of the iOS lineup, it does not sport the A6 as iPhone 5 but rather the older A5; just as it was when iPhone 4 with its A4 jumped to the 4S with an A5, CPU is up to two times faster and graphics are up to seven times superior over the previous iPod touch.

Battery compares to its predecessor with fourty hours of music playback and eight hours of video. This time around, the iPod can welcome Siri to its feature-set as well as the Panorama feature demonstrated in the iPhone 5 announcement keynote.

Stop worrying about dropped your slick new iPod, Apple has added a connector to the back of the iPod touch that they call the Loop. Attach a wrist-strap and there is almost no more need to worry about shattered glass again.

In any case that there was concern about not having a rainbow of colors to choose from, there is a light blue, chartreuse-esque, pink, white, and slate option that decidedly pop; the new design is very welcome.

iPod touch will start at $299, and will be available to pre-order on Apple’s web-site beginning tomorrow.