Apple has released a new 7th generation iPod touch with A10 Fusion Chip and up to 256GB storage, starting at $199. Thanks to a powerful processor, it now supports Group FaceTime and Augmented Reality games and apps. However, it has the same old design as previous generation model, which was released in 2015.
2019 iPod touch with A10 Fusion Chip
Although the new iPod touch contains a powerful A10 Fusion Chip, it has the same old 4-inch LCD Retina Display. The front and back cameras are also the same as before. The new faster chip enables the iPod touch to support Group FaceTime, which lets have a call with up to 32 people at the same time. The chip also supports ARKit which allows the new iPod touch to support a number of apps and games, which was not possible before.
You should also get better performance and graphics in games thanks to the enhanced power under-the-hood. Apple is using this opportunity to advertise its upcoming Apple Arcade gaming subscription service.
It was previously rumored that the new iPod touch will not ship with TouchID. Unfortunately, the rumor turned out to be true as the new iPod has no biometric authentication. This means no Secure Enclave for strong security. Also, since there is no neural engine, performance for machine learning tasks will also be slower than other modern iOS devices.
In terms of colors, the new iPod touch is available in: pink, silver, space gray, gold, blue and (product) red.
Why should you get the 7th generation iPod touch?
The price for the new iPod touch starts from $199, however you get the 32GB model for this price. The 128GB version costs $299 while the 256GB version costs $399. At this price range, you have to ask yourself: why not just get an iPad mini? It ships with at least 64GB storage, which is twice the storage of the base model iPod touch.
Here’s what you can get for $399 if you get an iPad mini:
- A12 processor
- 7.9-inch display with True Tone and wide color
- 64GB storage
If you want to spend lesser money, the $329 9.7-inch iPad gets you the below specs:
- A10 Fusion chip
- 9.7-inch display
- 32GB storage
Let’s not forget that both iPad and iPad mini support Apple Pencil and Touch ID. Apple Pencil is sold separately but at least the support is there.
However, if you are looking for the lowest priced iOS device, the 32GB iPod touch is not a bad deal for $199. It can also be used as a very expensive remote for Apple TV and other AirPlay 2 devices.