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H2>Can touch this

The nano and classic weren't the only iPods introduced in September. Steve Jobs unveiled an entirely new model - one that had been anticipated ever since Apple's handheld device added video playback. The new model was a widescreen iPod that Apple dubbed the iPod touch.

Available in 8GB and 16GB models, the iPod touch offers many of the same features as the iPhone, only without the phone capabilities.

It offers the same widescreen display and multitouch interface, although it lacks the speakers, microphone, and earpiece of the iPhone - and, as it turns out, a number of seemingly arbitrary software features too.

While Safari is present, ther's no Mail application. Although you can view events in the Calendar app, you couldn't initially add or edit those appointments (that feature was finally added as a bugfix by version 1.1.2 of the touch's software, released in November).

Some early versions of the iPod touch also ran into a problem with their displays in which they exhibited a "negative black" effect that made video almost unwatchable, an issue resolved by the 1.1.1 software update.

iPod touch review

Hackers, unite

The iPod touch and iPhone quickly became favourites for both those software developers looking to try their hand at the hottest devices around and consumers who weren't satisfied with the features that Apple had built in.

Initially Apple told developers to make web-based apps for its handheld devices, but many software makers preferred to write native code, even if there wasn't an easy or legitimate way to get it on to the iPhone.

Hacking hit a high point in late August with the introduction of Installer.app, and installing the huge number of available apps only became easier with successive updates.

Until, that is, Apple released the 1.1.1 software update, which locked out the existing method of installing third-party applications. That set off another round of hacks to restore third-party apps to the iPhone and iPod touch.

The hacking games should come to a halt in 2008, once Apple releases the promised iPhone Software Development Kit in February.

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