AMITIAE - Wednesday 19 August 2015
Revised iPod touch from Apple (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
I had a look in iTunes on the Mac and found that "For You" - perhaps the most significant part of the service - would connect, but no music was being played. I also tried the Radio stations. While Beats 1 connected, the Classical and Alternative music stations connected but there was no sound (like "For You").
Time to subscribe to another service provider. . . .
iPod Range - Image Courtesy of Apple
iPod touch - Out of the Box
I made some direct comparisons with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the iPod touch. There was little difference in the images each was able to produce. I tend to use the iPhone 6 for much photography these days, with the iPhone 6 Plus as alternative: that is particularly good for movie clips with video stabilisation. I tried the nimble iPod touch for a few days and found it well-suited to street shots, to portraits and to classroom work. Like the iPhone it has slow-motion video, burst mode, time-lapse video and can create high-resolution panoramas as well as normal video and photo formats.
iPhone 6 (left) and iPod touch
The lack of a carrier signal should not be a problem for many users, particularly those in cities. A friend links his iPad mini to AIS WiFi in Bangkok malls, or via a Samsung phone when the WiFi is unavailable. Likewise, I have been running the iPhone 6 Plus without a SIM card and use the iPhone 6 Personal Hotspot when needed. I was able to do the same with the iPod touch. At home, I connect all of the devices to my home WiFi.
iPod touch - Image Courtesy of Apple
With iCloud and iTunes syncing I was able to put all of my images from Photos on the device quite quickly as well as documents for Keynote, Numbers and Pages. With the adapters I have, I can run presentations from the iPod in the same way I do from the iPhone or iPad. I also installed iA Writer, so I can synchronise writing between Macs and iOS devices, making sure I have the information I need all the time.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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