Long live the iPod touch – Apple's phone-less iPhone gets a better camera, 64-bit chip
Before today, Apple hadn't updated the iPod touch since late 2012. But the iPhone without a phone isn't dead yet, with thecompany today announcing a new version of the device, as well asupdated colors for the entire iPod range.
The new iPod touch offers a 4-inch1,136 x 640 display, is just 6.1 mm (0.24 in) thick, and is poweredby the same 64-bit A8 processor you'll find in the iPhone 6. That's coupledwith an M8 motion coprocessor for fitness tracking, alongside an 8 MPrear camera and a 1.2 MP front-facing shooter.
Of course there's no cellular connectionavailable here, but the device does pack both 802.11ac Wi-Fi andBluetooth 4.1 tech. It's available in four different storagecapacities, giving users a choice of 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and, for the first time for the product, 128 GB models. As withother recent Apple mobile products, it connects via a Lightning cableand 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 withthe new Apple Music service, and given its wallet-friendly pricepoint, isn't a bad way to get access to the huge wealth of contentand 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. Thecompany also announced that both the iPod nano and iPod shuffleranges will be updated with the same range of colors as the new iPodtouch.