Apple drops a new $ 199 iPod touch with the first major upgrade in four years – including an A10 chip making it & # 39; twice as fast & # 39; works
- The new $ 199 iPod touch from Apple now has the same processor as the iPhone 7
- It is & # 39; twice as fast & # 39; as before and can handle Group FaceTime calls and AR games
- The last time Apple released a new iPod Touch was the 6th gene model in 2015
- It looks the same as previous versions, with a 4-inch screen and a home button
Apple has given the iPod touch the first major facelift after four years.
The technical giant on Tuesday unveiled a new $ 199 iPod touch that packs a series of modest upgrades, while still maintaining the classic and colorful design of the device.
It is available for orders online today and will be available in stores this week.
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Apple has given the iPod touch the first major facelift after four years. The tech giant on Tuesday unveiled a new $ 199 iPod touch that includes the same processor as the iPhone 7
IPOD TOUCH 7TH GEN SPECS
- Up to 256 GB storage space
- A10 Fusion chip for twice as fast performance and improved graphic display
- Support for AR games and Group FaceTime
- 4-inch retina display
- Starting at $ 199
The new iPod touch has the same A10 Fusion chip as the iPhone 7, allowing it to use many of the modern features that iOS users have become accustomed to, such as Group FaceTime calls and augmented reality.
With this upgrade, users can also play newer mobile games that older processors cannot perform as smoothly.
Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of product marketing, said in a release that translates the new processor into & # 39; performance that is twice as fast as before & # 39 ;.
It also offers up to three times faster graphics, which is crucial for games that use Apple's ARKit.
Apple emphasized that the iPod touch is equipped to play games from the yet-to-be-launched Apple Arcade game subscription service.
The spec upgrade also means that users can use the latest version of iOS 12 on the iPod touch.
Apple offers up to 256 GB of storage space for the new iPod touch, allowing users to download larger music libraries onto the device.
The new iPod touch is equipped with the A10 Fusion chip, allowing it to offer many modern features that iOS users have become accustomed to, such as Group FaceTime calls and augmented reality
Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of product marketing, said in a release that the new processor translates to & # 39; twice as fast performance as before & # 39; and faster graphic displays
However, the storage threshold costs users, because the 256 GB option comes with a price tag of $ 399 versus the $ 299 128 GB version and the $ 199 32 GB model.
Apart from processor and storage upgrades, the 7th generation iPod touch remains largely the same.
The device still has a 4-inch screen with an important edge, as well as the familiar start button.
The forward-facing 1.2-megapixel camera and 8-megapixel camera on the rear are also the same in the latest iPod touch.
Outside the US, Apple said the iPod touch is available for purchase in the UK, Canada, Australia, Spain and a number of other countries.
WHAT IS APPLE ARCADE?
Apple is launching a subscription-based gaming service that allows users to play via mobile, desktop and Apple TV.
Called Apple Arcade, the platform will live as a tab in the App Store and give users access to more than 100 new and exclusive games, the company says.
It includes games from Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Clay Entertainment, Konami, LEGO, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games and more.
Games are on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. And users can continue where they left off on another device.
Apple has not yet announced price details, but says it will come to 150 countries in the fall of 2019.
Apple introduced Apple Arcade in a star-studded event at the Steve Jobs Theater
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