You can tell right away that the 5th generation iPod touch is different from its predecessors. After all, older models of the touch only came in black and white, while the 5th generation touch sports a rainbow of colors, including red, blue, and yellow. But it's more than colors that makes this generation of the touch different.
The 5th touch shares many features with the iPhone 5, including its 4-inch Retina Display screen and its ultra-thin, ultra-light shape. There are many improvements under the hood, too. Read on to learn about all of the ports, buttons, and hardware features of the 5th generation iPod touch that you'll interact with.
- Volume Buttons - If you've ever owned an iPhone or an iPod touch, you'll recognize these buttons that control the volume at which audio plays back through your headphones or speaker. If this is your first touch, you'll find these buttons pretty self-explanatory. Click up for more volume, down for less.
- Front Camera - This camera, positioned squarely over the center of the screen, is used most often for FaceTime video chats. That's not all it's good for, though. It can also take 1.2 megapixel still photos and record video at 720p HD.
- Hold Button - This button at the top right edge of the touch has many uses. Click it to lock the touch's screen, or to wake it up. Hold it down for a few seconds to turn the touch on and off. You'll also use it, along with the Home button, to restart the touch.
- Home Button - This button at the bottom center of the touch's face has many functions. As noted, it's involved in restarting the touch, but it does much more than that. You can also use it to activate Siri, take screenshots, bring up music controls, access the iOS's multitasking features, and much more.
- Headphone Jack - This port on the bottom of the touch is where you plug in headphone to listen to audio.
- Lightning Port - The tiny port at the center of the bottom edge of the touch replaced the old, wide Dock Connector that earlier iPhones, touches, and iPods had. This port, called Lightning, is smaller, which helps the touch to be so thin, and reversible, so it doesn't matter which side is facing up when you plug it in.
- Speaker - Next to the Lightning port is a small speaker that allows the touch to play music, game audio, and audio tracks from videos whether you have headphones or not.
The following items are found on the back of touch, not pictured here:
- Back Camera - On the back of the touch is a second camera. While this one can be used for FaceTime (especially if you want to show the person you're chatting with something nearby), it's most often used for still photos or videos. It takes 5 megapixel images and records video at 1080p HD, making it a big upgrade over the front camera. Thanks to iOS 6, it also supports panoramic photos.
- Microphone - Next to the camera is a small pinhole, the microphone, which is used to capture audio for video recording and chat.
- Camera Flash - Completing the trio of photo/video items on the back of the touch is the LED Camera Flash, which improves the quality of images taken in low-light situations.
- Loop connector - On the bottom corner of the 5th generation iPod touch, you'll find a little nub. This is where you attach the wrist-strap that comes with the touch, called The Loop. Attaching The Loop to your touch and your wrist is designed to help make sure you don't drop your touch while it's out and about with you.