1993. The first true web browser, Mosaic, debuts. Boris Yeltsin drowns the last gasp of Soviet communism in cheap vodka. The pop charts are ruled by... uh, the soundtrack of The Bodyguard? OK, '93 wasn't all great. But we're celebrating it anyway, in this Woot-Off, on our blog and forums, and on our Facebook page. HOTT '93: it's all that and a bag of stale chips!
FaceTime: FaceTime brings video calling to iPod touch, so now you can see your friends and talk to them. New iPod touch to new iPod touch or iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi
Retina Display: Images pop off the screen with the remarkable 960 x 640 resolution and four times the number of pixels than the same size screen found on earlier iPod touch models. The pixel density is so high, the graphics and text look smooth and continuous at any size. The retina display includes LED backlighting and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen for the best viewing and battery life possible
HD Video Recording: Built-in HD video camera with advanced backside illumination sensor delivers brilliant video in both bright and low-light settings. Basic video editing is built into iPod touch. Just drag to select start and end points on a filmstrip. Keep only the parts of the video you want. In addition to the high-definition camera on the back, iPod touch has a VGA-quality camera on the front that lets you see yourself on the display while you record. It’s perfect for recording yourself. Upload your HD movie directly to YouTube or Mobile Me.
Game Center: With tens of thousands of games and other applications, iPod touch has more games than any other platform. The A4 chip (the same technology as in iPhone and iPad) makes iPod touch more powerful and more power efficient. Additionally, the Game Center app lets friends and unknown foes in on all the action. Invite someone to join or choose to go up against people you don’t know from anywhere around the world in a multiplayer game.
Music: With Cover Flow, you can turn iPod touch on its side and glide through your music by album art. Tap an album cover to flip it over and display a track list. Tap again to start the music.
Genius: Genius acts as your personal DJ. Genius uses your favorite songs to find other songs like it in your library to make a playlist you wouldn’t have thought of. Listen to the playlist immediately, save it for later, or even refresh it and give it another go.
Movies and TV Shows: Carry hours of video with you and watch them anytime on the amazing 3.5-inch color widescreen Retina display. Shop the iTunes Store and choose from thousands of movies, TV shows, and video podcasts to fill your iPod touch. Download and watch movies with a few taps. Prefer TV shows? Get a single episode or an entire season’s worth all at once
On Screen Controls: While watching your video, tap the display to bring up onscreen controls. You can play or pause, view by chapter, and adjust the volume. Or use the volume controls on the left side of iPod touch. Want to switch between widescreen and full screen? Simply tap the display twice. It’s just like your TV remote
Browse Apps: Shop the App Store a number of ways. Tap ‘Featured’ and get a list of new apps and to see what’s hot. Peruse by category. Check out the Top 25 apps. Or if you know exactly what app you’re looking for, find it with a quick search. And Genius does for your apps what it does for your music. Tap the Genius icon and get recommendations for apps you might like based on apps you and others have downloaded
iTunes: The Wi-Fi capability built into iPod touch lets you access the iTunes Store, where you can choose from millions of high-quality DRM-free songs and thousands of movies, TV shows, audiobooks, free podcasts, and iTunes U lectures. Browse New Releases, Top Tens, and Genres. Or find exactly what you’re looking for by typing in a quick search. Play a preview of any song or video, then tap once to buy it. Not sure if a movie or TV show is worth owning? Just rent it. Everything you buy on iPod touch is the same price you pay on the iTunes Store on your computer
iTunes Ping: Follow friends to find out what music they’re listening to, buying, and recommending. Catch up with your favorite artists and see if they’re playing near you. That way, you’ll never miss another show. You can even see which of your friends are planning on going to the show
Sync with iTunes: When you connect iPod touch to your computer, the music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and podcasts you downloaded on the go sync to your iTunes library on your Mac or PC. If you’ve partially downloaded something on iPod touch, your computer completes the download automatically
Email: iPod touch supports rich HTML email, so images and photos appear alongside text. And you see email attachments in their original formats, not stripped-down versions. Rotate, zoom, and pan in more than a dozen standard file and image formats, including PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and iWork. Need a hard copy? Access your email accounts from popular providers — MobileMe, Google Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo! Mail, and AOL — and most industry-standard IMAP and POP mail systems
Safari: iPod touch is the only iPod with built-in wireless access to the web. Whenever you’re connected via Wi-Fi, you can surf the web with Safari. Thanks to the fast A4 chip, web pages render quickly. The high-resolution Retina display renders pages beautifully, with perfectly crisp text and bright, vivid graphics. And if you’re looking for an exact word or passage, do a quick text search. If it’s on the page, Safari will find it
Bookmarks: iPod touch syncs your bookmarks from your PC or Mac, so you can access your favorite sites quickly. It has Google, Bing, and Yahoo! search built in. If you check a website frequently, create a Home screen icon, or web clip, for it. Make web clips with Safari, and your favorite sites are always just a tap away
Photos: Show thousands of photos from the palm of your hand. Flick to scroll through thumbnails. Tap to view full screen. Play slideshows, complete with music and transitions. Email a photo to a friend or share it in a MobileMe gallery. If you receive an image in an email, save it to your photo library on iPod touch. Once there, it’s just like any other photo. You can set it as your wallpaper, share it on the web, or pass it on.
Home Screen: The Home screen is where you’ll find all your apps and folders. You can have up to 11 Home screens and browse them with a flick. And even if you’re in the middle of playing a game, you can get to any app easily by pressing the Home button. Arrange the icons on your Home screen any way you want right on iPod touch or from your computer using iTunes. Move apps around, group them into a folder, or add them to another Home screen for quick access to the games and applications you download from the App Store and to your Safari web clips
Multitasking: When you double-click the Home button, the multitasking user interface pops up, giving you quick, one-tap access to your recently used apps. When you switch back and forth between them, the apps can pick up right where you left off. You can also lock your iPod touch screen in portrait view. Flick to the right of the multitasking menu and tap the rotation lock to keep your screen looking just the way you want
Search Across Your iPod touch: Search the entire contents of your iPod touch, all from one place. On your main Home screen, just swipe to the right to bring up Search. Type what you want to find, and Search begins looking through all of your apps, music, videos, contacts, email, calendars, notes, and even your audiobooks and podcasts
Voice Control: Voice Control knows the music in your iPod touch. Want to hear something specific? All you have to do is ask. For instance, say “Play artist Bob Dylan,” and iPod touch does just that. Ask what song is playing and hear iPod touch answer. Tell it to play your favorite album, artist, or playlist. Speak simple commands such as “shuffle,” “next song,” and “pause.”
Maps: iPod touch pin points your location on a map and displays what’s around you using known Wi-Fi hotspots. It also finds point of interest by keyword. For instance, search for “coffee” and iPod touch shows cafes near you
YouTube: Tap ‘Share’ on any YouTube video detail page, and iPod touch creates an email with the video link already in it. Or gather everyone around the TV for some group laugh therapy. AirPlay lets you stream YouTube videos straight from your iPod touch to your Apple TV. (AirPlay is only compatible with the latest generation Apple TV.)
Nike + iPod: Slip the Nike + iPod Sensor (available separately) into your Nike+ shoe and start your run. The sensor communicates wirelessly with your iPod touch, tracking your time, distance, and calories burned. It even gives you voice feedback on your progress. This feature also works with new cardio equipment available in many fitness centers.
Sync Wirelessly with nikeplus.com: Now you can wirelessly send workout data from your iPod touch to nikeplus.com, where you can track your workouts, set goals, and challenge friends
AirPrint: AirPrint on iPod touch makes it simple to print your email, photos, web pages, and documents. There’s no software to download, no drivers to install, and no cables to connect. With just a few taps on your iPod touch, you can go from viewing something onscreen to holding a printed copy. iPod touch automatically locates and connects to AirPrint-enabled printers on your wireless network. If you can open it on your iPod touch, chances are you can print it with AirPrint
AirPlay (Only compatible with the latest generation Apple TV): All the great media on your iPod touch — your music, photos, and video — can now stream wirelessly to your HDTV and speakers via the new Apple TV. Just make sure your iPod touch is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV, and the AirPlay icon automatically appears. Then, if you’re in the middle of an epic action scene that could use a little more screen, just tap and it appears on your TV in a matter of seconds
AirPort Express (not included): Stream music wirelessly right from your iPod touch with AirPort Express. Just connect any speaker you own to an AirPort Express. Or stream directly to AirPlay-enabled speakers. Your iPod touch automatically detects your speakers, so all you have to do is tap the one you want to hear. Since it all happens wirelessly, you have the freedom to cue the tunes from wherever you happen to be sitting, standing, or dancing
Voice Memos: Record any audio you want using the built-in mic on iPod touch or an external mic. Voice Memos will even record while you use your iPod touch to do things such as check email or surf the web. You can trim recorded memos right on iPod touch. That way, you keep only what you need.
Find My iPod touch: If your iPod touch is misplaced, Find My iPod touch will display its approximate location on a map. This feature is a part of MobileMe and free on every iPod touch 4th generation with iOS 4.2. You can sign in to me.com from any computer web browser or using the Find My iPhone app on another iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad.
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