New AU$249 iPod Touch loses rear camera, colour options

Apple quietly began selling a new version of the iPod Touch on Thursday.

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The new, fifth-generation 16GB iPod Touch costs AU$249 — making it a bit less expensive than the fifth-generation 32GB iPod Touch at AU$329 and 64GB iPod Touch at AU$439, both of which were released last spring.

Meanwhile, Apple has stopped selling the lower-priced fourth-generation 16GB iPod Touch with a 3.5-inch screen, which had cost AU$219.

The new 16GB iPod Touch features a 4-inch Retina display and is powered by a dual-core A5 processor.

If you purchase the 16GB version of the iPod Touch, you will lose the rear-facing camera. However, this hasn't shaved anything off its size — the slim 6.1-millimetre profile is the same as the rest of the current iPod Touch line. It weighs about 86 grams and stands 123.4-millimetres tall by 58.6-millimetres wide. The front-facing camera remains, though it doesn't feature 1080p video.

The 16GB device has a black front and silver back. The 32GB and 64GB versions are also available in pink, yellow, light blue and red.

The iPod Touch has been popular over the years. Apple has sold 100 million of the touchscreen iPods since their introduction in 2007, according to blogger Jim Dalrymple at The Loop.

If you want to get your hands on the 16GB model, Apple is selling the new variant in its online store.

Meanwhile, rumours persist that Apple is looking at the development of a cheaper iPhone model to rake in a wider customer base. In an analyst note, Citi Research said that the tech giant is heading naturally toward less-expensive models, and this "shift" is considered not only a move toward long-term profitability for Apple, but for the tech industry as a whole.

Recent image leaks of an allegedly lower-cost, iPhone have surfaced, suggesting that a cheaper, plastic-cased iPhone may also be on its way. Apple has not confirmed that a less expensive iPhone model is in the works, but considering the quiet introduction of a cheaper iPod Touch and the AU$369 iPad Mini, it may not be an unrealistic expectation.

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ADSLNerd posted a comment   

This was done to get rid of the old 4th generation chrome-backed model which has the smaller iPhone 4 / 4S screen, slower hardware, etc. This was also done for the upcoming iOS 7 software, which would not have run on the older 4th generation iPod touch, due to less ram and slower CPU, plus it didn't have a Retina display.

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