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The iPod Touch (stylized and marketed as lowercase iPod touch; also colloquially referred to as the iTouch, by analogy to the iPhone) is a portable media player, personal digital assistant, handheld game console, and Wi-Fi mobile device designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The iPod Touch adds the multi-touch graphical user interface to the iPod line. It is the first iPod with wireless access to the iTunes Store, and also has access to Apple`s App Store, enabling content to be purchased and downloaded directly on the device. As of March 2011, Apple has sold over 60 million iPod Touch units.The iPod Touch runs iOS. The first major update after the initial release was iPhone OS 2.0. This update introduced the App Store, which allowed third-party applications for the first time. iPhone OS 2.0 debuted July 11, 2008. iPhone users received the update for free, whilst iPod Touch users had to pay for the update. The second major update to the operating system, iPhone OS 3.0, was released June 17, 2009. iPhone OS 3.0 added features such as cut, copy, and paste, data tethering and push notification support. As with the prior major release, iPhone users received the update for free, whilst iPod Touch users had to pay for the update. iOS 4.0 was made available to the public on June 21, 2010. It was the first major iOS release to drop support for some devices; the first generation iPod Touch and original iPhone are not supported in iOS 4.0. The iPhone 3G and second generation iPod Touch had limited functionality under iOS 4.0, while the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, third generation iPod Touch, and fourth generation iPod Touch had full functionality under iOS 4.0. The major features introduced in iOS 4.0 included iBooks, FaceTime, and multitasking. iOS 5.0 was previewed to the public on June 6, 2011, and was released on October 12, 2011.
Apple has received criticism for charging iPod Touch owners for major iOS updates that iPhone owners receive for free, as well as excluding certain features from the iPod Touch software that are included in the iPhone. Apple has said that they can add features for free to the iPhone because the revenue from it is accounted for on a subscription basis under accounting rules, rather than as a one time payment. At WWDC in June 2010, Steve Jobs announced that Apple had "found a way" to make subsequent OS upgrades available free to iPod Touch owners. However, iOS 4.0 and onwards isn`t available for the first generation iPod Touch, and some features are only available for the 32 and 64 GB third generation iPod Touch released in September 2009 and the fourth generation iPod Touch released in 2010.
In June 2011, iOS 5, the fifth major release of iOS software, was announced at Apple`s WWDC 2011. There will be added features in the new update, including notifications, messaging and reminders. On October 4, 2011 at Apple`s "Let`s Talk iPhone" event iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S were announced to the public with many new features such as Siri, iMessage and wireless upgrades; this software upgrade was released on October 12, 2011. No new iPod Touch specific changes were announced yet, other than a price drop and the option to choose between black and white.