There are indications that Apple still believes that the iPod touch suits a particular specific niche, and also those come in the type of a touch of equipment upgrades. The freshened models feature a much more powerful processor chip, much better camera equipment and also imaging software application as well as a focus on the iPod as a gaming and also photography system. Updated with benchmarks below.

The Refresh

New iPods generally suggests brand-new colors, and this is no exception. The new iPod touch versions will certainly come in silver, space gray, (Product)red, pink, blue and gold. The brand-new colors in the set are the pink, blue and also gold. Those brand-new shades additionally show up in the nano and shuffle designs, in addition to the bigger touch. The iPod nano as well as shuffle versions remain unmodified in attributes as well as price.

The brand-new iPod touch models are being upgraded inside to the A8 processor made use of in the apple iphone 6, which is a welcome upgrade from the previous A5 processor. It’s also fairly the jump, as iPod touch cpus have actually typically lagged a generation behind the existing apple iphone (though they have actually been in parity prior to). It speaks with the power efficiency of the A8 that it ares a sensible choice in a gadget with a considerably lower quantity battery. No word on just what the processor is clocked at, so it’s up in the air whether it’s being pressed to its maximum.

The importance of the switch, naturally, is that Apple is working to obtain every one of its touch gadgets running 64-bit processors. The last device standing at this factor is the iPhone 5c, which runs on an A6 chip. That’s crucial for a number of reasons, consisting of expense effectiveness as well as performance, yet also due to the fact that Apple could now easily need that apps developed for the Application Store be compatible with 64-bit architecture.

The brand-new cpu also supports Steel, Apple’s low-level framework that permits game designers direct access to the graphics cpu. This causes a jump of about 10x in rate for gaming, along with a 6x enter CPU.

Along with the A8, the brand-new iPod touch likewise obtains Apple’s M8 movement co-processor. This is the chip that allows your gadget to videotape activity and also task for recording in the Health and wellness data source as well as elsewhere– while making use of much much less battery compared to maintaining the main processor chip alive. The brand-new iPod additionally gets 801.11 air conditioner wireless support.

The total battery life in the brand-new iPod touch is staying the same.

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The iPod touch is likewise getting a new rear-facing camera and also some front-facing software program updates.

The new rear video camera is 8 megapixel as well as is matched with a fresh image-processing chip. It’s unclear whether the ISP is the same as the one in the apple iphone 6, yet it’s most definitely upgraded. The new pipeline handling gives for a number of the features of the 6 ahead to the iPod touch. Burst mode is now consisted of for the back cam at 10fps. You can fire video clip with 120fps slo-mo. It has cinematic stablizing in video clip method, also. The face choice formulas have actually also been improved.

The front-facing electronic camera isn’t changing in resolution, but it is getting larger pixel pitch, making it better for those low-light selfies. HDR stills and also video are now offered in the front-facing camera, as is burst mode.

The new iPod touch models will certainly still begin at $199 for 16GB. 32GB $249, 64GB $299 and also they’re including a brand-new 128GB design at $399. Note that the leap in between 16GB and 32GB is relatively tiny, which is welcome.

What Is iPod?

Though the enormous surge of the apple iphone have bitten away at sales of the iPod touch, there is still a company right here. Apple, likely to transform the story around the “fall of the iPod”– which gives analysts to take a look at iPod numbers in a vacuum– no longer records their sales numbers individually. A decline, the ‘accessories and also iPod’ category still accounted for $2.68 billion in income in Q1 2015.

The shaping as well as refining of the iPod touch over the last number of years has actually defined just what Apple feels the iPod is still fantastic for. It’s no more just a music gamer, it’s a video gaming system as well as a video camera. This usage has actually played out right before me, as my little girl uses her touch as a (prolific) digital photography tool, firing photos of herself, our pet, us, the back of our infant seat … you obtain the picture. There’s an instance to be made that the iPod touch could possibly be placed as a standalone camera, considerably in the way that the original iPod was positioned as a media player.

The iPod touch as the brand-new point-and-shoot.

A electronic camera, certainly, that also plays countless games.

The iPod touch as the new Gameboy.

Whatever the usage case, it’s very clear that the iPod touch is not the new iPod. When every little thing plays songs, a committed gamer earns less and also less sense.

Update: We have actually got a few of the new iPods here to play with and also we ran an initial benchmark on the iPod touch. The processor chip looks going for 1.10 GHz per core, vs the apple iphone 6’s A8 processor chip, which appears at 1.39 GHz. The Geekbench ratings appear at 1379 as well as 2440 right through the box with as much still state as I could possibly take care of. This means that the iPod touch A8 processor chip is under-clocked somewhat from the iPhone 6, which is not shocking offered the battery restrictions I discussed above. It likewise appears to have 1GB of RAM.