Apple unveils all-new iPod touch with 64-bit Apple A8 chip, M8 motion coprocessor, 8MP camera, and Apple Music

Apple today introduced and all-new iPod touch and unveiled a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink and blue.

The ultra-portable iPod touch features a new 8 megapixel iSight camera, an improved FaceTime HD camera, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor. With the newly launched Apple Music service, members can enjoy playlists curated by the most talented music experts from around the world, stay in-the-know on music culture with a global 24/7 broadcast on Beats 1 radio, and comment on or like backstage photos and videos shared directly by their favorite artists on Connect.

“iPod touch gives customers around the world access to Apple Music, the App Store and iOS, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, starting at just $199,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing, in a statement. “With big advancements like the A8 chip and the 8 megapixel iSight camera, customers can experience next-level gameplay, take even more beautiful photos and enjoy their favorite music, TV shows and movies.”

Apple's all-new iPod touch with 64-bit Apple A8 chip, M8 motion coprocessor, 8MP camera, and Apple Music
Apple’s all-new iPod touch with 64-bit Apple A8 chip, M8 motion coprocessor, 8MP camera, and Apple Music

 
With the A8 chip, the same used in the revolutionary iPhone 6 and flagship iPhone 6 Plus, users can play even more immersive games for hours at a time, all the while with great battery life. iPod touch has become one of the world’s most loved mobile gaming experiences — its 4-inch Retina display and rich collection of gaming titles are further enhanced with incredible graphics performance and thousands of Metal-optimized games. With the advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, iPod touch owners, for the first time, can have fun with popular features including slo-mo and burst mode, while capturing memories and everyday moments with gorgeous photos and videos. Three times faster Wi-Fi lets customers stay in touch with friends and family through FaceTime calls, and download movies and TV shows with ease.

Apple's iPod nano in new colors
Apple’s iPod nano in new colors
The App Store on iPod touch, available in 155 countries, gives users access to 1.5 million apps across 24 categories. iPod touch is also the perfect way to carry your music collection in your pocket. iTunes boasts the world’s largest music catalog, and with Apple Music, customers have access to the revolutionary streaming music service, Beats 1, Apple’s first ever live radio station, and Connect, where artists can communicate directly to fans. Apple Music is available on iPod touch through the Music app — users are invited to a 3-month trial, after which a $9.99/month membership fee will apply. There is a family plan providing service for up to six family members available for $14.99/month.

iPod touch comes with iOS 8 and a collection of powerful built-in apps. Send unlimited voice and video text messages through iMessage over Wi-Fi, quickly make edits to your photos with the Photos app and keep track of your fitness and wellness with the Health app. With Family Sharing, up to six family members can share purchases from iTunes, iBooks and the App Store, along with photos and calendars. Parents can also create Apple IDs for children which includes Ask to Buy where parental permission is required for all purchases.

Apple's iPod shuffle in new colors
Apple’s iPod shuffle in new colors
The new iPod touch starts at US$199 for the 16GB model, $249 for 32GB and $299 for 64GB, and the entire iPod family in its five new colors is available starting today through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. For the first time, iPod touch is available in a 128GB model for $399 through Apple Retail Stores and the Apple Online Store, along with the (PRODUCT)RED lineup. iPod touch requires a Wi-Fi connection or a Mac or PC; USB 2.0 port; Mac OS X v10.7.5 or later; Windows 7, Windows 8 or later; and iTunes 12.2 or later. An Apple ID is required for some iPod touch features.

More info via Apple.com here.

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52 Comments

    1. No GPS and/or 256GB? Oh well. These would be great devices for the field (like in the field taking notes for science experiments) if they had a GPS. I just want the 256GB for myself. 🙂 4G 64GB touch, I guess you are just going to have to keep on truckin’.

      1. I agree that GPS would have been a great addition to the iPod touch. It could’ve devastated the standalone GPS device market. The 128 GB version with a $399 price tag was created to lure people towards the iPhone is my guess.

        As stated by others previously, 16 GB is a ridiculous entry point (especially when there’s no cellular connectivity to use Apple Music properly when out and about). Anything lower than 32GB without cellular access should have a warning label on it. Although an additional $50 fixes that, 16GB should be long gone by now.

        Hey Timmy… remember these quotes?:

        “We’re very simple people at Apple. We focus on making the world’s best products and enriching people’s lives.”

        “Price is rarely the most important thing. A cheap product might sell some units. Somebody gets it home and they feel great when they pay the money, but then they get it home and use it and the joy is gone.”

        “I love museums but I don’t want to live in one.”

        “You know, we want to really enrich people’s lives at the end of the day, not just make money. Making money might be a byproduct, but it’s not our North Star.”

        “But what I strongly believe is that many people that are doing so might feel good initially if they pay a low price, but will bring it home and start to use it, and they’re no longer satisfied. That good feeling is gone. And those people don’t repeat purchases.”

        Ditch the 16GB tier level, Tim.

        1. Apple’s whole history – going back decades – is shipping underspecced machines at the base level – particularly in the area of RAM – that keep them from providing the optimal user experience that the rest – the OS, form factor, ecosystem, etc. – are designed to provide.

          I’ve never understood it… …and while it may have contributed to the beans counted along the way, I think their growth via providing that more maximized experience to the bulk of the their users (users predominantly buy base models) would have more than made up for it.

          But with this – and the 16/64/128 shuffle in phones – you can see this core compromise is still deep in the corp’s DNA.

            1. My parents could be considered technically illiterate, and they still filled up their 16GB iPad mini to full capacity with “super fun geek stuff” like photos and music within a years time. I figured 16GB would be fine for them, but I was terribly wrong, and feel sorry that I recommended the 16GB version to them when they asked for advice.

              If it’s been working for you, that’s great! But I think you are in a vocal yet minuscule minority at this point in time. 16GB storage shouldn’t be considered when you are trying to delight customers.

            2. has been my point for so so long…
              the average user does not manage their devices like those who been using computers for years… moms and dads, young kids, they just fill their devices up so fast… and hence if there was a memory expansion slot it would help let them grow their digital life and enjoy the device longer.

              Everyone worried about the lack of data sim… can go buy a portable wifi hotspot or use the tethering of other older phones – and dare I say… tether from one of those cheap android phones now at rock bottom pricing of 25 bucks. Where a hotspot device may cost you 150 plus. Just and idea not the best solution as I for one dislike carrying around many devices… including a watch. Jewelry and watches get in my way with my work.

          1. Many newer cars have WiFi 4G LTE Hotspots installed and you can always put one in yourself. My point was that an iPod Touch with WiFi access does have GPS on many devices.

            My ATT Hotspot passes the GPS through and my Verizon one does not. Not sure if that is individual to each model or if it is a Verizon thing.

            Apple also includes Skyhook technology in iOS that can derive location data from cell tower co-ordinates as a back up to GPS.

            They also make a good back up. A couple of years back I was in an accident where AT&T had no coverage (the intersection of 2 US Highways- nice coverage, guys), but I had my Verizon Hotspot and was able to make a WiFi Call through a VoIP program on my iPad.

      2. If Apple had offered a microSD slot to this, you could have seen your dream come true. The advantage of this idea has many positive sides – and – just think if the expansion of another 128 Gb was there – and you buy yet another device three years from now… you remove the expanded memory and add it to your new device. Nice huh.

        Here is an idea…
        http://www.macworld.com/article/1144972/gps.html
        Pick and Download a GPS app.
        Then, buy a portable WiFi hotspot.
        http://www.4gltemall.com/alcatel-one-touch-y800-4g-mobile-wifi-hotspot.html

        Then you have a mobil GPS unit and portable VOIP phone.

        1. Also, many buses, cars, trains and subways – even cities are spreading WiFI zones everywhere.

          iPod touch could become the most ideal tool and a super-secret weapon phone. Lol.

      1. I agree. The iPod touch makes a perfect “kids first smart device”. When you’re not ready to give them a full blown smartphone. (Or maybe you just don’t want to spend the money on a data plan. I know many not-poor friends who either refused to get a smartphone or had to be dragged kicking and screaming because of that expense.)

        ——RM

    2. This way it is dedicated to Music and Games. For communications you need an iPhone.

      Adding communication chips like NFC is slippery slope to a device that “kind of wants to be an iPhone”. A hobbled iPhone?

      Nah!

      1. To add to what Paul was saying, adding on Touch ID, GPS, and loads of memory would add a lot to the cost.

        While more features always sounds nice, sometimes getting existing features at a cheaper price has more value.

        1. does not seem so…

          It tells me Apple is selling RAM at different prices on different devices.
          Compare iPad mini 16 Gb to iPod touch 128 Gb – both set at 399.
          iPad mini 3 = old camera, old chip, old bluetooth
          Then and tell me what does the iPad mini 3, really have, that makes it worth 399?

          Is Apple telling us Apple Pay software is expensive?
          Is Apple saying Touch ID is a really costly component?

          And I really want Apple to become transparent here and simplify its lineup of iDevices… better yet, update each device at the same time with the same improvements.

          1. There always seems to be
            a 50 buck difference from
            16 to 32, from 32 to 64 and
            a 100 dollar difference from
            64 to 128 — no matter the device.

            However comparing devices, are we to think the 8 mega pixel camera of the iPod touch is of less quality to the 5 mega pixel camera of the iPad mini 3?

            Lets compare devices Apple.

      2. When you use applePay does the phone have to be able to communicate with a computer other than the terminal to complete the transaction? Like can you turn off the cellular and wi-fi and bluetooth and still buy stuff? Just curious.

        1. Either WiFI or Data must be on… the issue becomes when you enter a store without WiFi you can not make the purchase.
          Unless you tether to a hotspot… if its your own hotspot then its somewhat better secured. iPod touch does not have Touch ID so Apple Pay is not possible.

      3. Well there are people out there that have agreed my point on hoping for a iPad mini 4 with true telephone capabilities.

        Their suggestion has been, to use MajicJack and hurray a device like this becomes a phone.

        Also, iPod touch over wifi can Message and Facetime; making it a solid communication device already.

        Buy a WiFI hotspot device, which uses a data sim, and tether the iPod touch and you have Viber and MajicJack anywhere your carrier reaches. Making the iPod touch really powerful offering as a phone.

      1. It’s possible technically, but it won’t happen because Apple Watch is intended as an exclusive companion to iPhone. Apple makes MUCH more profit per unit on ANY iPhone model compared to an iPod touch or iPad (because of the subsidy).

        Apple wants customers to own an Apple Watch AND iPhone. The primary goal of Apple Watch is not to sell Apple Watch. It’s to further distinguish the iPhone user experience from the Android experience, thereby increasing iPhone sales.

      1. No. Not on iPod nano (or shuffle). You can only sync songs that you OWN that are stored locally in the syncing computer’s iTunes library. Apple Music songs can be downloaded, but they are subscribed items. I was hoping for a “subscription verification while syncing” method that would allow Apple Music DRM’d downloads to sync to and play on iPod nano, but I don’t see any indication of such a new feature.

    1. Until the sub is cancelled, my guess is yes, almost certainly.

      However, to verify that subs are current, physical syncing to a PC will likely be required at least monthly, or the Apple Music cuts will quit playing. I believe it was Christina Warren (rapidly becoming one of my fave Mac journalists – she’s smart and she lives and breathes this stuff) that put that thought on my radar, so cred where due.

      1. Looking at the specs for the “new” iPod nano, it seems to be the same as the existing 7th gen nano (just new color choices). Which means you cannot sync Apple Music downloaded songs, because they are subscribed items. As before, you sync songs that you own (that are stored locally on your computer).

        The iPod touch is an iOS device, so you can download Apple Music songs directly to the device (or stream them).

    1. MagicJack requires a real phone number first to initiate the setup and new number. I believe it must be a cellular number. As the idea behind MJ is free long distance calling… not a complete VoIP solution.

  1. Ordered one this morning, should be delivered Monday.
    16 GB Space Gray. Makes a nice front end for my Focal system.
    The old one will be wiped and passed down to a 3 year old who will enjoy it greatly. Maybe her mom will get to use her iPhone now.

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