(Interview)The thinnest and lightest iPod touch 4th in history supports FaceTime

Apple’s iPod family series products were finally put on shelves in Taiwan’s physical channels in October. Faced with the tremendous whirlwind caused by Apple-related products in the global market, I think few people who like 3C products can escape.

The products on the shelves this time include iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle. As for the iPod classic, there are no new products. Since the iPod was launched in October 2001, it has been 9 years. The first generation iPod was only 5GB, and the hard disk was used at that time, which could only hold 1,000 songs.

Remember that the first generation iPod was not popular, and could only be compatible with Mac computer connection. After so many years, the iPod has been launched several generations, and various series have been multiplied, so that music lovers have more choices, and it has also changed the market ecology of music players.

 iPod touch × Features


Let’s take a look at the new iPod touch. The whole shell is made of aluminum alloy, the surface is polished, and the thickness is ultra-thin. The previous generation touch is still 8.5mm, and the latest is only 7.2mm. , It’s 15% thinner; it weighs only 101 grams, making it the thinnest and lightest iPod touch in history. Apple puts the latest technology into the touch, including the Retina display, which has four times the number of pixels compared to the previous iPod model, and the size is the same as 3.5 inches. The pixel density of the Retina display makes graphics and images bright and sharp, and text content is clear. The processor is also A4, which can start applications faster, can handle more complex applications, and has better power management. The previous generation model has 30 hours of continuous music playback and 6 hours of continuous video playback; the new iPod touch has enhanced the continuous playback time of music to 40 hours, and video playback time is 7 hours.

The user interface is the same as the iPhone using iOS 4.1, but it lacks the function of making calls. The biggest difference between iPod touch and other iPod series is that it can use the huge support on the Apple Store. At present, there are as many as 300,000 applications in the Apple Store. Of course, some phone-related applications are not available on the touch, but I want to buy a touch. A very large ethnic group is fancying the Apple Store, as many as more than 15,000 kinds of games or entertainment applications. More HD video quality, and an omnidirectional microphone next to it. If you have the iMovie application installed, you can edit the video on the touch and add soundtracks. If you have a Wi-Fi connection to the Internet, you can upload the video to YouTube or Email to share with friends. There is also a VGA video lens just above the screen, this lens is of course for FaceTime. As long as the iPhone 4 or the latest iPod touch can use the FaceTime function to talk video calls, but other iPhones with iOS system also have a small step that allows you to play FaceTime with the rear lens. However, the premise for iPod touch to use FaceTime is that the environment can be connected to the Internet by Wi-Fi. Its window function is very simple. The lower right corner can switch the front or rear lens, and the lower left corner is the mute function, which can block the sound from being transmitted.

Touch has a three-axis gyroscope design. This function allows software developers to launch more interesting games. iOS 4.1 has a built-in Game Center function, similar to a game social platform. You can add friends to see what the other party is playing. game. In some games, you can actively join friends when you are playing. At this time, you can let 2 or 4 friends participate. If the game supports it, you can also use voice dialogue to laugh at the person with the worst technology. Touch also has a built-in speaker, so you don’t need to wear headphones to play games. The iPod nano has the best sales performance in the past. However, when the touch appeared in Apple Store games, the sales of the touch model quickly surpassed the nano and became the most popular model of the iPod series.

Unlike shuffle and nano, iPod touch has only one color. But there are three types of capacity, 8GB priced at 8,690 yuan, 32GB priced at 11,290 yuan, and 64GB priced at 14,990 yuan.

The iPod touch is on the left and the iPhone 4 is on the right. It can be clearly seen that the two models are different in size alone. The iPhone has more functions, and of course the size is larger! Note that the size of the Home button of the two models is also different. Of course, both of them use iOS 4.1 system, and use 3.5-inch Retina display, support multi-touch, 960×640 pixels, 326 ppi resolution. But the touch does not have a phone call function, and the 300,000-pixel video lens is also moved to the top of the screen.

There is also a big difference in thickness between the two models. The thickness of the iPod touch (upper layer) is 7.2mm, and the thickness of iPhone 4 (lower layer) is 9.3mm, and the side of the touch is decorated with curves, which makes the visual effect thinner. The touch only has a switch button on the top of the device, and the iPhone 4 has a switch button and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

On the bottom of the machine, iPod touch has a 30-pin Dock docking port, which can be connected to the computer’s USB port or plugged into a third-party audio system. The right side is a 3.5mm standard headphone jack, but there is only one speaker; iPhone 4 is connected to the headphone The hole is placed on the top of the machine, so the extra space can be designed with a speaker hole and a microphone. Of course, the central block is still a 30-pin dock port.

There is a volume switch button on the left side of the fuselage, but the button shape of iPhone 4 is cute and round. In addition, iPod touch also lacks a quick mute button because it has no phone function.

The right side of the iPod touch body is bare, but the iPhone 4 needs to install a SIM card, so it hides a microSIM card slot, which can only be taken out with a paper clip.

The back of the iPod touch is shiny enough to be used directly as a mirror, but it is also very easy to get fingerprints. The upper left corner becomes the same camera lens as the iPhone 4, but there is no LED fill light, and the Apple logo is also centered. The back of the iPhone 4 is currently only available in black, and white will be added in the future.

Since the iPod touch does not require an iPhone 4 call receiver, the 300,000-pixel FaceTime lens is set directly above the screen. The Wi-Fi connection signal is displayed on the left, and the power status is on the upper right corner.

The camera’s still picture on the back of the camera has a resolution of only 960×720, which is much weaker than the iPhone 4’s 5 million pixels. The video is in HD quality. There is a microphone next to it for sound, but there is no LED fill light.

The recorded video can be edited directly in iMovie, or it can be accompanied by music. If you have a Wi-Fi connection to the Internet, you can choose to send it to MobileME or YouTube, or you can email it to a friend.

I emailed the video directly to the mailbox after the video was completed. As a result, the resolution was not HD because the video was compressed, but I still provide it for your reference.

iPod touch also has the key promotion function FaceTime of iOS 4.1. This software allows you to play video calls for free, but it must be used in a Wi-Fi network environment. Just create an email account and you can create 10 emails. Unlike the iPhone 4, only one set can be used. You can set different friends, colleagues, and family members to a certain group of emails, and each group of emails is equivalent to a phone number.

 

You can touch the lower right corner of the FaceTime window to switch between the front and rear cameras. If you don’t want to transmit sound temporarily, you can touch the lower left corner and press the End touch button directly below if you want to end the call!

Next, I will introduce the important function of iOS 4.1 Game Center. It is a bit similar to the social center of the game version. After you join a friend, you can know what games the other party is playing. You can also use this function to play some games. Friends join in and play together.

We take the nanosaur 2 game as an example. This game supports Game Center and a three-axis gyroscope, which can shake and control the direction of the dinosaur. After starting, add the other three friends all in. Of course, these three friends must be connected to Wi-Fi.

In terms of music, you can also use Genius to search the music library like iPhone 4, and automatically help users create exclusive suites. You can also try the Genius playlist function. Genius will find similar styles from the music library based on your favorite songs. Other music.

 iPod nano × Features
iPod nano first appeared in September 2005. At that time, it used piano polishing paint, but it was very horrible and easy to scratch. Therefore, the second-generation nano launched by Apple was changed to a matte design after a year. And there are five colors, which completely solves the scratch problem, but the iPod nano product line crowded out the original iPod mini, and then the mini disappeared! The iPod nano of this generation is very light in size and weight. The volume is 46% smaller and the weight is 42% lighter, only 21 grams. The volume is so small because the iPod nano removed the physical button group at the bottom of the screen and replaced it with a 1.54-inch full-color multi-touch screen, which replaced the original physical buttons. Moreover, the screen introduces the multi-page concept of iOS, which divides the main functions into four pages, which can be switched with left and right touch swipes.

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Four functional icons are placed on each page. The first page is playlist, playing, artist, and Genius suite; the second page is broadcast, podcast, photos, and settings; the third page is song, album, music type, and composition者; The fourth page only shows the two functions of movement and time. The ICON on these pages can be moved! As long as you press and hold an ICON, all ICONs on the screen will jitter. At this time, you can drag and drop an ICON to the place you want.

In addition, if you clip the iPod nano to the edge of a shirt or bag, the display screen is upside down. At this time, you don’t need to force the nano to be angled again. You can directly rotate the screen clockwise or counterclockwise with two fingers on the touch screen, just like We touch the photo rotation on the iPhone in the same way. But what if you want to return to the main menu when you are on a certain function page or playing music? There is no need to slide touch after layer. Just place your finger on the screen and press and hold it, and the window will jump back to the main menu! When you send photos from your computer to nano, each folder will form an album, but if you use iPhoto, it can help you organize events, and it can also automatically organize a person into a photo album based on face detection.

Nano retains the broadcast function, which allows you to automatically search for local radio stations when you travel around the world. In addition, nano also has a clock function. This clock allows the 1.54 screen to display the style of digital pointers. The background can be switched between black and white. You can also set the clock as the home page of the boot. Third-party companies have also developed related accessories that can make nano incarnate. Watch wear.

Of course, the iPod nano is still made of aluminum alloy, with a sleep and wake device switch button on the top, and a volume switch button on the other side. There is a 30Pin Dock Connector at the bottom of the machine, which can be connected to a dock or USB port, which can be used for third-party speakers or audio connections. Next to it is a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Nano is available in six colors: silver, gray, blue, green, orange, and pink in physical stores, while the red version can only be purchased in Apple’s online store. 8GB is priced at 5,690, and 16GB is priced at 6,790.

Next we are going to talk about iPod shuffle (pictured left) and iPod nano. The packaging of these two models is further simplified and looks like dice. The shape is also very similar, but the iPod shuffle retains the click-and-click dial, and the iPod nano uses an i.54-inch multi-touch screen for operation.

What is the difference in size? You will know by comparison! iPod nano (pictured left) is about 2/5 larger than shuffle (pictured right).

All the seven-color iPod nanos are lined up. It looks spectacular, but the experience is that it is easy to turn into a domino chain.Nano includes silver, gray, orange, pink, green, red, and blue, among which red can only be ordered in Apple’s online store, which is the same as the red models launched in the past.

There are three physical buttons on the top of the nano machine. From the left, they are sleep/wake up, volume up, and volume down.

the bottom of the machine is the dock port and headphone jack.

The nano’s screen is 1.54 inches, and the click-and-click dial is removed, so the volume is 46% smaller than in the past, making it very lightweight. Its interface is a bit similar to iOS. It is changed to a page-turnable menu. Each page can accommodate four applications or tools. As long as you press and hold an ICON to make the screen jitter, you can move the application sequence in any order.

Whether you are on the function page or viewing the photo, you can use the multi-touch feature to turn the page clockwise or counterclockwise. Therefore, strictly speaking, iPod nano has no fixed position. You can clip it on your bag or clothes and rotate the UI position with touch.

Note that there are 4 small dots at the bottom of the screen. The white dots represent the currently displayed page. The third page in the figure is the song, album, music type, and composer. Of course, which application or tool to put on each page is not necessarily, and it can be moved according to user preferences.

Nano retains exercise tools, and the time function can turn nano into a watch.

If you want to use nano as a watch, remember to switch “Display time when wake up” in the date and time options, so that when you turn on the screen, it will look like a digital pointer.

In addition to the white background, it can also be set to a black background. With a strap introduced by a third party, it can be used as a watch.

What does an iPod nano look like with a strap? I randomly searched for the products launched by HEX for your reference. There are many nano straps made by third parties on the Internet, and you can find them by searching watch band for iPod nano.

Nano also retains the broadcast function, but you must plug in headphones as an antenna when listening to the broadcast. If you encounter a station you like, you can touch the star symbol in the lower left corner to save it directly as your favorite station.

If you are traveling abroad, you can also choose a local radio station to listen to.

After clicking on a local radio station, nano will automatically search for channels.

When playing music, if iTune has been set, you can display the album cover art on the full screen of nano. Swipe from left to right to see the touch buttons for sequential play, Genius and random play.

iPod shuffle × Features
iPod shuffle is a series launched by Apple in January 2005. The first generation of iPod shuffle uses a plastic case and is only white. In 2006, the second-generation model was launched immediately. It was changed to aluminum alloy and turned into a flattened nearly square design. The third-generation shuffle designer prescribed too much, although there is still an aluminum alloy shell, a clip on the back of the machine, and classic buttons If it is removed, the user must use the line control to press the operation. At that time, to play the next song, press the center button twice; to play the previous song, press the center button three times; press and hold the center button until the warning sound appears. Release it to start the VoiceOver function, which can roll all the playlist names. If you want me to be honest, the third-generation shuffle design is very cool, but the interface is not friendly at all.

Fortunately, the fourth-generation iPod shuffle has returned to the shape and button design that is close to the second-generation. It is 18% larger than the previous generations of iPod shuffle, and it is smaller and easier to carry. The VoiceOver function is retained. Press the button during playback, and the shuffle without a screen can tell you the name and artist name of the current playback by voice, and press it twice to tell you the battery status. Currently supports 25 languages ​​(5 new languages ​​are added compared to the previous generation). If your shuffle has songs in English, Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, etc., you don’t need to set the shuffle to correctly say the song name, but if you encounter When it comes to difficult words, shuffle will sometimes be silent and unable to speak. The battery playback time has increased from 10 hours to 15 hours of continuous playback.

The top retains the three function switches of shutdown, continuous play, and random play, and the exclusive button for VoiceOver in the middle. Of course, there is still a USB port on the bottom of the machine, next to it is a 3.5mm standard headphone jack. There are five colors: silver, blue, green, orange, and pink. The storage capacity is 2GB and the price is 1,689 yuan.

The previous generation iPod shuffle did not have any buttons on the front of the fuselage, and only operated by wire control. To be honest, I find it difficult to use. The new generation of shuffle has changed back to point-and-click control, which is really fortunate! In addition to point-and-click control, the top of the shuffle machine is equipped with a VoiceOver button to retain this function, and this generation has added 5 languages, which can be used for shuffle voice broadcast in 25 languages.

The central round button on the top of the camera is the VoiceOver button. Whether your shuffle is loaded into Cantonese, Mandarin, English, Korean, Japanese, etc…, press the VoiceOver button, and the shuffle will automatically tell you the song name and artist name. However, if the new word is too difficult, shuffle still cannot be recognized. Nano also has this feature, and can recognize more languages, up to 29. The other two sides are the shutdown/sequential play/random play switch buttons, and the headphone jack.

There is nothing on the bottom of the machine, and the 30-pin dock port that other models have can not be found at all. In other words, the shuffle still cannot be used in the dock speakers designed for the dedicated iPod series.

How to connect shuffle to the iTunes software on the computer? The answer is to convert it to USB through the 3.5mm standard headphone jack, which can solve the problem!

Shuffle still has a clip on the back of the machine, with an Apple logo on the top, which can be clipped on a bag or clothes.

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