Apple has just unveiled a long-awaited update to the iPod Touch line. This update focuses less on design and more on internals, giving the dedicated music player a much-needed boost in internal specs. Among these is a new Apple A8 chip built on 64-bit architecture bringing desktop-class features and a CPU jump up to 6 times faster than the previous generation. The GPU is also up to 10 times faster, allowing the iPod to take advantage of Apple’s Metal Technology, which brings highly immersive console-style games by optimizing the CPU and GPU performances. In addition, Apple has included the M8 chip into the iPod Touch, which continually measures physical motion from advanced sensors, including a gyroscope and accelerometer accurate fitness tracking.
The iSight camera has also gotten a nice upgrade, bumping up the previous 5MP resolution to an 8MP. It also comes with new features already seen in iPhone, such as slow-motion videos shot in 720p at 120fps, as well as burst mode, time-lapse, and high-resolution panoramic photos of up to 43MP. The front-facing Facetime HD camera remains largely the same at 1.2MP, but we should see an improvement in selfies with better noise reduction and improved face detection as well as HDR.
Beyond that is the inclusion of Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11ac for better wireless performance. We also get a slightly updated design that forgoes the previous generation’s dedicated loop strap button, and it is available in two new colors (gold and darker blue/pink options). Everything else about the iPod Touch remains unchanged, as we still get the same 4″ retina screen, with the exact same dimensions as last generation’s model, which is a tad unfortunate for iPod Touch users like myself who were maybe hoping for a new iPhone 6-like design with a larger screen and maybe NFC thrown in, but since it’s only a dedicated music player it’s not really necessary for Apple to put too much effort into packing this with the latest and greatest tech.
Here are the specs for the iPod Touch (6th Generation):
4-inch Multi-Touch Retina (1136×640) LED backlit ISP TFT LCD display
1.4 GHz (underclocked to 1.1GHz) dual-core 64-bit Apple A8 SoC, M8 motion coprocessor, quad-core GPU
1 GB LPDDR3 RAM
8MP iSight BSI camera, f/2.4 aperture, autofocus, 5-element lens, 1080p (30/120fps) video
1.2MP Facetime HD BSI camera, f/2.2 aperture, 720p video
1,080 mAh battery
While it may not be a huge update, it is a welcome one after Apple left the iPod Touch widely un-touched for the past 3 years. The new models are available now in space gray, silver, gold, pink, and blue, and come in 16, 32, 64, and 128GB models (the latter exclusive to Apple only). Each model costs $199, $249, $299, and $399 respectively.