Back from beyond - Apple releases the new iPod Touch with A8 processor and 8MP camera

Back from beyond - Apple releases the new iPod Touch with A8 processor and 8MP camera
The rumors came true. Apple just revived the iPod!

If you are one who answered "Yes!" to the question of whether the iPod, or music players in general, are still relevant - good for you, but you are in a minority. You also belong to a part of Apple's clientelle that the Cupertino company had knowingly let go of for the past three years. Although we cannot speak with absolute authority, we'll still take the liberty to proclaim that the world had gotten completely accustomed to the idea that the fifth-gen iPod Touch, announced in 2012, was destined to be the last of its kind. What's the problem - the iPhone always did everything the iPod Touch does, and the fifth-gen device ended the iPod legacy on a high note. No harm done, right?

But we digress. The iPod is an iconic device, and arguably the best portable audio player ever invented. Not that it had the best audio chip or the edgiest looks around. But it nailed all the ingredients - it sounded fine, had an unmistakeable style, and most importantly, it let audiophiles carry their entire musical library with them. It also played Half-Life, but let's not dilute the news any further...

There really is a new iPod, boys and girls, and it's the best iPod Touch yet. It comes in space gray, silver, gold, pink, and blue. Apple blessed the revivalist one with a full-on anodized aluminum build, just like the iPhone 6's. Only there's no hint of plastic whatsoever. Even the pink one is all aluminum, and it's unapologetically fabulous!

Moreover, the new iPod Touch is set up with an 8-megapixel iSight camera, a FaceTime HD front cam "for better selfies", and the star of the show - Apple's 64-bit A8 chip and its M8 motion coprocessor. It's the same hardware and features as the iPhone 6, save for the antenna (of course!), the fingerprint sensor, and that the display is quite a bit smaller at 4 inches per diagonal. Still, it's got the same Retina resolution as the iPhone 5s - 1136 x 640 pixels, making for a decent pixel density of 326 ppi. The amount of RAM isn't specified, but we're keen on betting it's 1GB, as the hardware platform is very much the same as the iPhone 6's. And as for battery life, Apple promises up to 40 hours of audio playback, and up to 8 hours of video playback.

That's great and all, but how is the new iPod Touch priced? Well, the answer is still "a bit more than what a music player should cost." Then again, the iPod Touch is basically a 4-inch iPad Extra Mini tablet, seeing that it packs most of Apple's up-to-date mobile hardware. So the prices of $199 for the 16GB version, $249 for the 32GB version, $299 for the 64GB version, and $399 for the top of the line 128GB model feel expected, not extortionate. All models are Wi-Fi only.

Oh, and let's not forget - the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano got the new iPod Touch's colors too.

The new iPod Touch is available starting today through Apple's online and retail stores. Its mission isn't to bring back the cult of the iPod, though. It's a way for Apple to get its Music service into even more users' hands. It's also the nicest, classiest way Apple could possibly commemorate the launch of Apple Music - summoning its veteran hero device exactly when the time for it to return has dawned upon us.

Even if we don't need it in our lives quite as badly as we used to, it's darn good to have the iPod back!


source: Apple

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59 Comments

1. ushoda

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

i really don't understand the existence of this device (the touch) when you could get an iphone

4. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I don't really see the purpose either but some people still prefer it-maybe kids, it's cheaper etc. No clue. I would see more purpose in bring back the iPod classic with 500-1tb of space.

16. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Believe it or not, it exists for 2 reasons, cuh 1. Not everyone can afford a cellphone plan 2. Kids under the age of needing a cellphone can use this as a media device

22. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Exactly my daughter had one for years and I could text her through iMessage. Just recently got her an iPhone which makes the iPod useless but nonetheless it was very useful.

33. vincelongman

Posts: 5625; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

3. $200, no other device comes even close to the performance of a A8 for $200 4. like 1. some people use messaging apps instead of sms, e.g. iMessage, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Messager, ... 5. Battery life, probably up to 3-4 days if you don't play games I had an iPod Touch 4 and a brick phone for 4 years before buying a proper smartphone I didn't really feel I was missing out on much, until iOS 6 destroy its performance, but that's not going to be an issue since it now has an A8 and 1GB RAM

46. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

" no other device comes even close to the performance of a A8 for $200" The LG G2 does. And it has a better screen, bigger battery and better camera. Plus its a phone!

53. vincelongman

Posts: 5625; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Good point, but I meant new devices Camera will be similar Battery life won't be as good, iPods don't have LTE radios Also the G2 won't receive updates as long

10. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

It exists because iphone 6's battery doesn't lasts long enough.

31. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Exactly this lol.

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

But there are many people that want to have separate devices for entertainment and basic usage. I've been doing this way for a long time, feature phone in my pocket, iPod in bag in case I'd like to listen to some music. It also helped e save battery for most important things. Also some may prefer having iOS for music and Android as their main phone. I'm glad they refreshed it, I probably won't buy it, but it depends on what 6S will bring up to the table and if some nice Androids come this year, though I doubt anything under 5 inches shows up so my money will go either to Sony for Z5 Compact or Apple for 6S Z5C or even Z3C + new 128 gb iPod looks like perfect combo for me.

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And such combo would cost me probably even less than buying 128 gb 6S...

14. rsiders

Posts: 1886; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Exactly. If you are already tied into the Apple ecosystem no need for the iPod. If you're on Android or Windows Phone and love some of the outstanding built-in, high production value apps like iMovie and Garage Band not to mention a few nice exclusive apps/content, the IPod makes a lot of sense if those things matter to you. And for a lot less than the cost of an iPhone.

30. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I tried to use only Android but really, iTunes integration is flawless (well when it works because there are bugs), I love how I can easily manage, tag, get lyrics for all of my songs, I will never switch to spotify or anything like that because in my country mobile internet still costs hell too much and in the long run buying 128 gigs will make more sense. I tried using some managers like MusicBee when I had Z3C, but it was just pain in the ass and it worked only one way. I might not be audiophile but I can easily say that iPhones/iPods offer much better SQ than Sony, Samsung and others, I heard that HTC is better but I didn't check it myself. But no matter what I love Apple sound characteristics so i don't have to spend 1000 dollars on dedicated player. So if there is any perfect 4.7 inch Android I will go with it + iPod, I will get Z3/Z5C most certainly.

13. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Just because it makes no sense to you it means it make no sense to exist. A lot of folks can't afford a $650 (because is where a new iPhone starts) and don't want to carry an iPad either like in the gym. Also parents can give their kids the iPhone experience without the calling capabilities who makes calls nowadays anyway?

29. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 913; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I have a Note 4 and I have ordered one of these. Great for the gym. I would get the Nano but I want 64GB.

34. aksa123

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

The iPod is basically an iPhone minus cellular capability :)

38. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

cheaper? is that hard to understand?

55. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Why should anyone buy an expensive iPhone (with or without data plan) for a media device? the iPhone is also heavier for gym or other forms of exercise. Not everyone wants to have or can have a smartphone plan. It's also great to have a separate device so that you wouldn't be eating the battery life of your phone just for music. Now it would make more sense if Apple updated the iPod Nano in some way like a 32GB storage capacity. I love my 7th Gen Nano for commuting, gym and office use while my phone can just stay off to the side for more important things.

2. or123

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

AppleCrap is back in new colors!

58. AlikMalix unregistered

And a troll is back with old comments!

3. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

A8 chip, damn. The iPod is probably more powerful than the iPad Mini, lol.

17. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

I ain't no apple hater, but the iPad mini 2 is slow a fukc, cuh I was loading a phonearena page on the mini and making a pizza, and pizza was done 1st, cuh.

20. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Cool story, blaa.

24. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

And he started from planting seeds of wheat and veggies and with a calf (for milk to make cheese).

56. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Yes but PhoneArena pages have so many ads it takes ages to load regardless of the device, xD

48. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

A8 + 4inch screen! Better than iPhone 6 performance!

54. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

+ Lower Resolution= Better than iphone 6 performance

5. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

I work in the Hasidic community and they buy these things like crazy. A lot of happy faces will be coming to Brooklyn.

9. Rager722

Posts: 621; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Hey, I'm not far from Borough Park!

26. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Whats up! I live in Midwood, right next to Brooklyn College. I work in phones and other electronics. I tend to deal exclusively with the Hasidic community, but we get stragglers from other communities. They love to buy these things for their kids.

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