Apple refreshes the iPod touch with the iPhone 7’s processor

Fans of iPod touch, your day has finally arrived. Apple has just announced an updated version of the iPod touch that elevates the processor to an A10 Fusion chip (for reference, is the same as found in the iPhone 7) along with a new storage option of 256GB.

It's the first update of Apple's iPod product since the sixth generation of 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 bezel 4 -Inch screen, start button, and cameras.

apple refreshes the ipod touch with the iphone 7s processor

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While today's update announcement only matches iPod touch with iPhone 7, the least powerful iPhone Apple currently sells, the A10 chip provides enough firepower for some new features, including Group FaceTime calls and Apple's ARKit augmented reality applications, which were previously not available on iPod touch. The company says that, compared to the previous model, the updated version will offer up to two times faster CPU performance and graphics up to three times faster.

Apple is highlighting its upcoming Apple Arcade game subscription service as a key part of the device, which is probably a reason for the increased specifications: to make sure the new iPod touch can still run all those games. It makes sense, given Apple's recent focus on subscriptions as a new source of revenue in the future.

Is it a true next generation iPod touch that some may have expected with the latest iPhone hardware and design? No. But the increase in specifications means that it will run the next versions of iOS without too many problems, and the recycled design will keep the price low, which makes it a good entry-level option.

The updated iPod touch starts at $ 199 for the 32GB model, $ 299 for 128GB of storage and $ 399 for the new 256GB option.

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