Apple's introduces forth generation iPod

Apple's introduces forth generation iPodApple CEO Steve Jobs has unveiled the forth generation of Apple’s iPod in an event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Wednesday.

The new version of the digital music player is lighter and slimmer but offers a steady hold to the users with curved, chromed steel backing. The curve is less noticeable from the second and third generation model allowing it to be placed steadily and avoid wobbling.

The new iPod Touch will now feature two video cameras; one will be front facing to allow it to use Apple's new FaceTime video chat technology and the other back facing. The Facetime on the Touch will allow users to make and receive video calls from other iPods as well as iPhone through an email address.

The rear facing camera is capable of capturing still images and video up to 720p but lacks flash. The new device is not similar to the one on iPhone 4 but allows third party apps on the device.

The volume rocker is now in two separate buttons and the screen lock button is on the top on the right instead of left. The profile of the buttons in the new model remains the same. Headphone and dock connections on the bottom are not joined by small speaker grille slit.

The new version includes a lot of features from the iPhone 4. It runs on the same processor as iPhone, A4 chip. The device will also support Wi-Fi 802.11n at 2.4GHz. It also features 3.5-inch "retina" display with a resolution of

The digital player has been able to attract a large number of customers to Apple stores and introducing them to other devices from the company like Mac PC and pushing up sales. The iPod was launched about nine years ago but is not the flagship product of the company as demand for iPhone and iPad took the company to great heights.

Apple sold 9.41 million iPods during the third quarter ended June 26 which is down 8 per cent from same quarter previous year. Over the years Apple has given its due attention to iPod in special events and different versions like hard-drive based iPod Classic, the iPhone-like iPod Touch, the thumb-sized Shuffle and the Nano with video camera.