Apple just updated the iPod touch for the first time in nearly four years. The new models are upgraded with Apple’s A10 Fusion chip, which is the same chip that’s used in the iPhone 7 (released in 2016). In a blog post the company claims that the new chip brings “brings improved performance in games, and for the first time on iPod, immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences and Group FaceTime, making it easy to chat with family members, friends or colleagues simultaneously.”
The new iPod touch comes in a higher capacity model, too. You’re still able to purchase 32GB and 128GB models, but for those with extensive iTunes libraries or who like to download lots of tracks and podcasts for offline listening, the iPod touch is now available in a 256GB model. The new iPod touch starts at $199 for the 32GB model, jumps up to $299 for the 128GB model, and the 256GB model costs $399. They all can be purchased right now on Apple’s website.
Aside from the bumped up processing chip and storage, everything about the new iPod touch is the same as the previous sixth-generation iPod touch; the cameras, display and home button are all the same. There’s still a traditional headphone jack, too. While the upgrade isn’t that much to write home about, it does ensure that these new iPod touches will handle future iOS versions as well as Apple’s impending gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade, which will launch in the fall. And, most of all, it means Apple hasn’t forgotten about the iPod touch.
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