The newly unveiled iPod Touch 4 brings a lot of new features that Apple has borrowed from the iPhone 4 that was launched earlier this year. Most notably, the device is equipped with the same retina display, an Apple A4 chip and two cameras – one on the front and one on the rear.
Does it make the new iPod Touch an iPhone without a voice plan? As GigaOm points out, there are some pretty important functionalities that the upcoming version of iPod Touch will be missing that is hard to call the features on this device close to the iPhone 4.
Firstly, iPod Touch 4 will not carry a GPS chip. What that means is that users will not be able to use the hugely popular location based services when they are outside Wi-Fi coverage areas. Presently, iPod Touch users can only use LBS applications using the location data pulled from the Wi-Fi networks. Of course, even with a GPS chip on, this device cannot do much outside a Wi-Fi network primarily because the iPod Touch also misses 3G connectivity.
Following the successful launch of the iPad 3G model, it was widely speculated that the iPod Touch model too could come with a 3G data plan. But that was not to be.
Lastly, the rear-facing camera on the iPod Touch does not compare to the specs of even the older iPhone models. This is because the camera renders images at 960 x 720 pixel resolution which is approximately 0.7-Megapixels. That is completely unusable for capturing any picture worth, well, capturing.
What are your thoughts? Are you buying a new iPod Touch?