Apple has seeded the official iOS 4.1 for iPod Touch 4th generation (4G). The new iPod Touch 4G was announced at Apple’s recent music event and is considered to be the iPod counterpart of the iPhone 4, sharing basically the same hardware components with some minor differences. While most units come with iOS 4.1 pre-installed, initial shipments might have an earlier version of iOS 4.x and those users can now update to iOS 4.1 from iTunes. Read on for details and download link.
The new features of the iPod Touch 4G include:
- Retina Display
- HD Video Playback And Recording etc.
- Improvements to calendar colors
- Game Center
- Improvements to Bluetooth AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile)
- FaceTime call connection can be made using email contacts and favorites, since an iPod Touch doesn’t a have phone number associated with it.
- P2P apps are now supported
- Nike+ iPod version statistics can be submitted over Wi-Fi
- Nike+ iPod updated to fully utilize the Retina display
- Battery life improments
- HD videos can be uploaded over Wi-Fi
- In selected regions where iTunes Music Store is available, users can access Ping, Apple’s new social music discovery network
- TV show rentals (for US customers only)
- Appointments can be moved between calendars
- Safari and Webkit have both been updated
- Spell check can be enabled/disabled from Settings
- Several security updates to WebKit, ImageIO, accessibility features and FaceTime
- Several bug fixes including Bluetooth connection issues, Nike+ iPod app fixes, and more.
The only reason that sounds logical enough for early release of iOS 4.1 for iPod touch 4G seems to be shipment of devices with an earlier iOS 4.x variant, since most iPod Touch 4G devices now ship with iOS 4.1 in the first place. The users who got devices with an older version of iOS might have to update their devices manually to iOS 4.1 through iTunes after they get their new iPod Touch. iOS 4.1 for iPod Touch 4G is only meant for specifically this device, meaning that you will not be able to update your 2nd or 3rd generation iPod Touch to this firmware build.
Download iOS 4.1 For iPod Touch 4G (4th Generation)