Apple introduces new iPod Touch with updated processor, extra storage

Apple introduces new iPod Touch with updated processor, extra storage
Almost four years after the previous iPod Touch was introduced, Apple has today announced an updated version that replaces the processor with a newer one, adds an extra storage option, and… that’s about it. 

A slightly newer processor and iOS 12 out of the box


After previously using 2014’s Apple A8 inside the iPod Touch, Apple has finally updated the processor and included the slightly newer Apple A10 Fusion inside the seventh-generation iPod Touch. This chip was first introduced in September of 2016 and can currently be found inside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Like the previous model, the iPod Touch starts at $199 for the 32GB variant but increases to $299 for the 128GB option. If neither of these configurations are impressing you, a new 256GB model is also available to purchase for $399. Regarding colors, the device is available in Space Gray, Silver, Gold, Pink, Blue, and Product RED.

Unsurprisingly, Apple’s seventh-generation iPod Touch arrives pre-installed with iOS 12. This means buyers will have access to a variety of features including Screen Time, grouped notifications and, of course, lots of Animojis. However, thanks to today’s refresh, the device will also support Apple’s ARKit and Group FaceTime, two things that weren’t previously possible due to a lack of power.

Like Apple’s current iPhones, this latest iPod Touch model is expected to receive an update to iOS 13 come September. This version, for those of you that aren’t already aware, is expected to introduce many revamped apps, performance improvements, and the highly-anticipated Dark Mode, among other things.

The downside to this will most likely be a lack of support for the sixth-generation iPod Touch – Apple typically drops support for the previous versions upon announcing a newer model. If this happens, it also suggests the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE will lose support too, as previously rumored.

No physical changes: the headphone jack remains


Following in the footsteps of the fifth and sixth-gen iPod Touch models that were announced in 2012 and 2015 respectively, the latest offering arrives equipped with a small 4-inch Retina display that is surrounded by massive bezels.

Due to the fact that Apple hasn’t made any physical changes to the iPod Touch chassis in almost seven years, the new iPod Touch also doesn’t integrate Touch ID or Face ID. The positive side to this is the fact that the iPod remains as one of the few Apple products to still include a 3.5mm headphone jack, although AirPods can still be used with the device if you wish to do so along with an Apple Music subscription.

Speaking of subscriptions, Apple is heavily advertising the iPod Touch’s compatibility with Apple Arcade, the company’s upcoming game subscription service. Although not advertised, the device will presumably have access to the company’s Apple TV+ subscription later this fall too.

Moving away from these features and over to the cameras, the iPod Touch includes some pretty bad cameras. The front sensor sports a measly 1.2-megapixel resolution which is inexcusable in 2019 while over on the rear sits an 8-megapixel snapper, the same one used on the iPod Touch Apple introduced four years ago.

Should you buy the new iPod Touch?


If you simply want access to Apple’s ecosystem without the premium price tag and aren’t bothered about 4G LTE then sure, the iPod Touch will probably cover all your needs. However, if you’re looking to purchase the $299 or $399 versions, purchasing an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 while on offer is probably a wiser decision. After all, while you won’t have access to the same amount of storage, the displays are significantly larger, the cameras are drastically better, there’s Touch ID, and performance is either on par or better depending on which one you buy. 

As an alternative to these devices, if you’re not too bothered about iOS and are willing to try out Android, the Google Pixel 3a can be purchased for the price of the 256GB iPod Touch. The Motorola Moto G7 is also a pretty decent offering, and that costs just $299.

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iPod Touch (2019)
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB

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27 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Seems like a spare parts fire sale more than anything.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7031; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No TouchID or finger print scanner is a real stupid move. Then next stupid move is the exact same crappy low resolution sub HD display. It's too tiny, and in today's world it had massive bezels. At $199 USD or $250 CAD, is too much for something that has only seen a processor upgrade, and even then it's a processor that's a few years old now.

20. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

That's exactly what it is!!!! And that is exactly what it has always been. I don't mind that Apple doesn't want parts to got to waste, after they have already paid for them. But its the price they want to use 2 generation old hardware is ridiculous.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7031; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The 5th gen iPod touch with the same case and display came out on October 2012. That is really old, not just old. This is a relic nowadays. Parts going to waste and getting rid of old junk are two different things. This is Apple trying to dump their old inventory of parts that are hanging around.

2. OneLove123

Posts: 885; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Looks like it's been the same since, forever.

3. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 919; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

What a waste. Add touch ID and the latest processor at least. Surely this would have been a great entry system for Apples new gaming service.

4. phljcnth

Posts: 553; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It's still a thing?

5. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I'll admit I'm not a market specialist, but I don't see how it can sell when almost everyone now has a smartphone. It'd be redundant to have one.

21. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Well it's perfect for a person who already has an Android phone, and I don't an iPhone too. Give them iOS and they don't have to buy a big iPad. That's what I use to do was carry my Touch along with my android so I always have both. But the Touch is just as boring to use as the iPhone, so I stopped buying it after I had the iPod Touch 3rd/4th gen models For $199 they skim out on storage as per usual. For $199 it should be 64GB. 32GB of storage is a joke. $299 for 128GB and $399 for 256GB is OK. But 32GB for entry is just pathetic

27. TBomb

Posts: 1283; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Kids. Give it to a kid so you can contact them via Wifi (Facetime or iMessage) without having to shell out $50 a month for a kids line on Verizon. So to answer your question, it's for the people who don't have a smartphone

7. chrismichael83

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

I think the ipod touch can still be revleant for those who wish to get one who yet not need a smartphone. ipod Touches would be great for anyone ages 5-12 and even someone who likes android phones but wishes they had some ios love. Not everyone has a smart phone and this would fill the gap between that. I have 4 kids ages 12/10/3 and 1. The 12 just got a cell phone this year but I would totally get this for my 10 year old so they can still do things like play games, look up things on the go (wifi), video chat with parents etc. Not every parent needs to buy their pre-pre teen a cell phone just because Henry down the street has one. Bad move though on apple for not including a touch ID sensor. Like seriously Apple, stop being lazy and recycling old s**t. I mean 4 inch display really. They could have easily used an iPhone 7 just without the cellular capabilities. At least then it would have been a 4.7 screen. Not sure whos running their iPod touch division, but they should be fired.

13. Vokilam

Posts: 1150; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Older iPod mini - price, stability and perfect size for a pre-teen. And remote hovering over Settings and permissions with iOS makes it a perfect device to get kids.

8. shiv179

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

A10? iOS 12? Seriously Apple?!

17. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You know the A10 is still more powerful than ALL of the the midrange chip QC has released this year right?

22. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Yet those mid-ranged chips are in devices with FHD+ and even QHD resolutions. Also iOS 12/13 are gonna be much heavier OS's vs what they were running 2 years ago.

18. mackan84

Posts: 282; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Did you expect this iPod to introduce iOS 13 to the world before it’s even released?

9. kennybenny

Posts: 211; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Too bad this doesn't have TouchID but that probably will add at least $30 to the price. Though that A10 processor would get outdated quicker. Just bought a new iPad Air and this comes out….. but not complaining as I bought it on sale for $600 CAD!

10. technut

Posts: 137; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

People still buy these?

11. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Why buy these when you can get iphone 7, can do much more on CL for same price or less?

12. Vokilam

Posts: 1150; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Is there really a market for these still?

14. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 715; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

How about making it look like an iphone x with a face ID? As well as Two Stereo speakers? That way. It will sell a lot!

15. Godlymansean

Posts: 332; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Surprised by this, but I could see parents getting one for the kids, and with the iPhone 7 processor be fine running most every game.

16. itz_charlie01

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 15, 2017

Imagine if they'd added a bezel less display without the notch ( LCD variant ) that would've been nice to have. But no, as apple engineers just believe they can sell any thing to their customers and they'll be like shut up and take our money

19. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Only the A10? Really? Why not the A11 which would only be a year old chip vs a 2 year old chip. Apple just getting rid of the leftover hardware. You're better off just buying an iPhone. At least you will get newer hardware for what you are paying. because either way, their overpriced. I miss the the Touch. The contract-less iPhone. But Apple asks way to much for it. You better off getting a slightly older iPhone for roughly the same price.

23. LEEDAQ

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

so according to apple, the ipod is for the poor people right?

24. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

Didn't expect the rumors to be true

25. Whitedot

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Because you need to recycle old stock parts. Seriously, only fools and rich fools will get one for sure.

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