Long live the iPod touch – Apple's phone-less iPhone gets a better camera, 64-bit chipView gallery - 4 images
Before today, Apple hadn't updated the iPod touch since late 2012. But the iPhone without a phone isn't dead yet, with the company today announcing a new version of the device, as well as updated colors for the entire iPod range.
The new iPod touch offers a 4-inch 1,136 x 640 display, is just 6.1 mm (0.24 in) thick, and is powered by the same 64-bit A8 processor you'll find in the iPhone 6. That's coupled with an M8 motion coprocessor for fitness tracking, alongside an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP front-facing shooter.
Of course there's no cellular connection available here, but the device does pack both 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 tech. It's available in four different storage capacities, giving users a choice of 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and, for the first time for the product, 128 GB models. As with other recent Apple mobile products, it connects via a Lightning cable and runs on iOS 8. The design is virtually identical to the last iPod touch, minus the hole for attaching a lanyard.
Apart from the smaller screen and lack of cellular, another big difference between the new Touch and the iPhone 6 is that there's no Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Given its price point, that shouldn't be surprising, but it is the first new iOS device without Touch ID since the original iPad Air and iPad mini 2.
As you'd expect, the device works with the new Apple Music service, and given its wallet-friendly price point, isn't a bad way to get access to the huge wealth of content and services available through the App Store.
The new iPod touch is available from Apple's online store starting today, with prices starting at US$199 for the 16 GB model, up to $399 for the new 128 GB version. The company also announced that both the iPod nano and iPod shuffle ranges will be updated with the same range of colors as the new iPod touch.