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The processor has been upgraded once again, this time using the A4 processor that is now standard in all of Apple’s iOS devices. Watching the 3D graphics of something like Epic’s Citadel demo on the iPod Touch is remarkable, and throws down the 3D gauntlet to gaming rivals such as the PSP and Nintendo DS. There’s a gyroscope as well, which will provide more accurate control for games, and with the new Game Centre feature included in iOS 4.1 the iPod Touch can move into multiplayer gaming as well.

Apple iPod Touch 4G

The retina display and the A4 chip enhance gameplay

And, of course, the long awaited camera finally makes its appearance, with 720p video recording just like the iPhone. However it only takes stills at 960 x 720 resolution, whereas the iPhone shoots stills at 5MP resolution. The iPod Touch also lacks the flash and HDR option (high dynamic range) of the iPhone too, so the camera clearly isn’t the same league as that of the iPhone.

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iPod Touch and iPhone 4 image comparison

Apple iPod Touch 4G

iPod Touch
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Apple iPod Touch 4G

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The iPod Touch also gets a front-facing VGA-resolution camera too, along with a new FaceTime app that allows you to use the iPod for video-conferencing. I had a little trouble setting this up at first, though. The iPhone simply requires you to dial the telephone number of the person to you want get Facey with.

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