13 Replies Latest reply: Sep 14, 2010 5:55 PM by Sirius Mac
Stacyyyy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
i'm thinking of buying the new iPod, i've looked and read all the features and the new things about it, but i noticed, it doesn't say ANYTHING about a microphone. Does anyone know if there is a mic on it FOR SURE? i'd like to know thanks(:

iPod Touch 4th Generation, iOS 4
  • Eshwe Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I haven't double checked this but think about it, it has face time so it HAS to have a microphone otherwise its just you watching someone else. Im pretty sure it does! (btw I didn't mean that message to sound agressive but it makes sense to me now xD)
  • Lucasdms Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
    Yes, he has.
    http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/specs.html. In the: Input and output section

    30-pin dock connector
    3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
    Built-in speaker
    Microphone
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (93,780 points)
    " All while the built-in microphone records conversations, music, or any audio at the same time."

    http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/design/
  • David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
    I love that my 4g has a mic--now I can use Dragon search with ease. (no more hooking up a mic/earphone combo)
  • Joseph Kriz Level 5 Level 5 (5,050 points)
    I wonder why it doesn't say "Built-In Microphone" like it says for the speaker in the specification link you listed on Apple's site?

    http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/specs.html

    •Built-in speaker
    •Microphone

    --------------------
    Seems like a better technical description would make more sense to everyone like this..
    •Built-in speaker
    •Built-in microphone

    When I first read •Microphone
    I thought if was still part of the headset and not built-in

    Glad it is now Built-In...................
  • Solid Level 5 Level 5 (4,370 points)
    The built in microphone is actually on the back of the iPod touch G4. It seems to pick up sound in front of the device very well, so being on the back isn't a problem.
  • mutant89 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    back when my ipod touch 3rd gen was working, it did not have a microphone, but i discovered that the little 'voice-note-to-self' app that came in the 4.0.whatever upgrade actually worked with my cellphone headset mic using the single headphone jack. i thought that was neat, but never really used it.
  • jdonalds Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes it has a built in microphone and I think Apple missed an opportunity to advertise that fact loudly enough. For me this is the most compelling reason to upgrade (which I'm not at this time).

    Retina display - my 3G display is quite good enough.

    Cameras - Would be really great if Skype video would work. I'll wait for this to happen before I upgrade. I have no use for Facetime as all of my video calls are to people who own PCs and run Skype video there. I have no use for HD video.

    Game Center - it already came with 4.1 and I couldn't find a way to delete this native app.

    Built in microphone - YEA. It's about time.
  • David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
    when u compare the 4G against the 3G you will "throw rocks" at the 3G. I have a 2G and it looks so grainy now! (Like viewing it through a screen door). the only way you wouldn't notice the huge improvement in clarity is if you can't see up close well. I'm 62 but have good eyesight and all sorts of reading glasses. When I use +2 glasses I can see every pixel on the 2G and fully appreciate the hi res display of the 4G. Reading books via Kindle app is a pleasure on the 4G--text is awesomely crisp.
  • Stacyyyy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Cameras - Would be really great if Skype video would work. aAll of my video calls are to people who own PCs and run Skype video there.


    dudeeee im so mad, the iPod 4G Video, is NOT compatible with Skype, my friend tried it out, i think when they come up with an upgrade for the Skype app it will be available.
  • Sirius Mac Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
    The 3G display by comparison to the Retina is a big difference! If you read a lot you quickly come to appreciate that crisp clean Retina display.

    Microphone works well even though it is on the back as someone else said. I had concerns about this, but this omni direction mic does the job.

    A4 processor really makes using the device great, because I see no lagging or slow downs whatsoever.
  • Tommy_04 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Sirius Mac wrote:

    Microphone works well even though it is on the back as someone else said. I had concerns about this, but this omni direction mic does the job.

    A4 processor really makes using the device great, because I see no lagging or slow downs whatsoever.


    I still haven't gone out to purchase a new iPod touch on a store, however I took a trip on an apple store to check the new specs of the iPod touch 4G. I'm was impressed indeed sirius at the color of the screen, is much more readable and brighter than my current 3rd gen iPod touch. After checking out the screen resolution(watching some YouTube in HD), I moved on to the camera. I think apple shoulda put more effort into producing a better iPod with at least 2 or 3 megapixel camera. The other killer no-no is that it is a fixed-focus camera. Fixed focus lenses have hampered the performance of pocket camcorders and phones for several years. They result in images that lack sharpness, which is what the iPod touch gives you.

    On the other matter of the speed of the device, specially with the A4 chip. I didn't even noticed any speed difference when compared to my old iPod touch. Both devices rendered websites the same speed without any trouble, obvious reasons since the new iPod touch carries the same 256RAM storage. And also I read that apple clocked the A4 to 800MHz in order to preserve battery life among others things, so maybe it's the reason that I don't notice any speed difference. One last thing I looked carefully was the performance of the microphone, despite the noisy environment of the apple store I did manage to record some voice memos for testing, nice that apple manage to do something right(even though the mic is on the back of the device next to the camera).

    Bottom line: it's a excellent device with a nicer screen resolution that will take great advantage when playing games among other things. What apple managed to add exciment of adding camera to the iPod touch(for the first time out of 4 generations), destroyed it by incorporating the low resolution camera. The iPod touch isn't perfect and there is definitely room for improvement to make it a better device, Let's hope apple addresses this failures to fix them on future iPod touches. Only great bonus features are retina display and microphone, and of course the speakers dock(at the bottom) better sound improvement even though it still sounds muffle.
  • Sirius Mac Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
    The leap for me was dramatically different because I was coming to the iPod Touch 4G from and iPod Touch 1G. The difference is daylight and dark!

    I view the camera from a different perspective than you and perhaps many others. I don't really think it was Apple intent to put a high caliber camera on the iPod Touch. I have done a good bit of personal video and picture taking with it. Videos looks fantastic and it is hard for me to believe I am capturing them with an iPod Touch. The still camera is by far the worse aspect of this upgrade, but you know if the lighting is right and your target isn't moving, it seems to take okay pictures. I won't call them decent, but I certainly have had other cameras that were a heck of a lot worse over the years. I think for the intent Apple had to take a quick picture or video this camera simply does the job. In fact other than those rather fanatical about this, the average Joe seems pretty content. However, the average Joe will likely be uploading them to Facebook, Twitter or like site, for this purpose the camera will suffice to say the least.

    I don't find the speaker muffled, I found it to be pretty loud and substantially better than a buddy of mines third Gen which absolutely does sound muffled. First Gen didn't have one. While its not as loud or substantial as my iPhone 4's speaker I am very pleased with it.

    We do agree that the iPod Touch isn't perfect, but then show me a device that is and I'll buy it. LOL I don't think Apple will EVER put the iPod Touch at the same level as the iPhone. Just not going to happen. So if folks are waiting on that, they will never own an iPod Touch. I could tell you things about the iPhone 4 they could have done better, but you get my point.

    I still think the iPod Touch is the device to beat and there simply isn't anything out there today that can compete with it. Which is likely why Apple was able to be a cheapskate in regards to the camera. I also don't think this device needs more than 256mb of ram because it isn't running cellular and gps.