iPod touch fans, your day has finally arrived. Apple has just announced an updated version of the iPod touch that the processor collides with an A10 Fusion chip (for reference, that is the same one found in the iPhone 7) along with a new storage option of 256 GB.
It is the first update of Apple's iPod product since the sixth generation iPod touch was released in July 2015. Apart from those two changes, it seems that Apple is leaving the rest of the iPod touch alone: it has the same lacquered 4- inch display, start button and camera & # 39; s.
Although today's updated announcement only brings iPod touch in line with the iPhone 7 – the least powerful iPhone that Apple currently sells – the A10 chip offers enough firepower for a few new features such as Group FaceTime calls and Apple & # 39; s ARKit augmented reality apps, both were previously unavailable on the iPod touch. The company says that the updated version, compared to the older model, offers up to twice faster CPU performance and up to three times faster graphics.
Apple highlights the upcoming Apple Arcade subscription service as an important part of the device, which is probably a reason for the spec-boost: to ensure that the new iPod touch can still perform all those games. Logical, considering Apple & # 39; s recent focus on subscriptions as a new source of income in the future.
Is it a real next-generation iPod touch that some might have hoped for with the hardware and design of the latest iPhones? No. But the spec bump means that it will run without too many problems in the next few versions of iOS, and the recycled design will keep the price low, making it a good entry-level option.
The updated iPod touch starts at $ 199 for the 32 GB model, $ 299 for 128 GB of storage space and $ 399 for the new 256 GB option.