Evolutionary, not Revolutionary

At this point we've discussed the basics of the iPod, but what about the new iPod? We'll split the discussion of the new iPod into two categories - hardware and software. The reason for this is because a number of the improvements of the new iPod come in the form of its upgraded firmware, which in theory should be able to run on the old iPods as well, whereas the hardware improvements can't possibly be added to the old iPods. Apple has not yet released the new iPod's firmware for use on the older models, and it's debatable as to whether or not they will (they have no good reason to).


Old iPod (right) vs. new iPod (left)


New iPod (top) vs. old iPod (bottom)

The first major change that you'll notice with the new iPod is that it is considerably smaller. The 10/15GB models are both the same dimensions (the 30GB is slightly thicker), and are both considerably smaller than the old iPod. The dimensions are as follows:

Original iPod 5/10GB
Original iPod 20GB
new iPod 10/15GB
new iPod 30GB
Length
4.02"
4.02"
4.1"
4.1"
Width
2.43"
2.43"
2.4"
2.4"
Thickness
0.78"
0.72"
0.62"
0.73"
Weight
6.5 oz
6.5 oz
5.6 oz
6.2 oz

The smaller dimensions are made possible mostly through a smaller battery, a comparison of which you can see below:


Old iPod battery (top) vs. new iPod battery (bottom)

iPod Basics Evolutionary, not Revolutionary - Continued

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