Ars Technica reviews Apple’s new iPod touch: ‘Surprisingly impressive’

“The iPod Touch was long overdue for a refresh. Three years is a long time for any smartphone- or tablet-class device to stick around, even if the last decade has seen the iPod slide from Apple’s mainstream halo product to being dumped into the ‘other’ section on the company’s earnings reports,” Andrew Cunningham writes for Ars Technica. “The 2012 iPod Touch, for all its good qualities, wasn’t even a cutting-edge gadget at the time.”

“But no one was expecting a new iPod Touch to jump three processor generations, from the hoary old A5 all the way up to the cutting-edge A8,” Cunningham writes. “This is (essentially) the same chip that powers the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and it’s in a product that’s less than one-third of the price. It’s still smaller and its lack of Touch ID or cellular makes it less versatile than a smartphone, of course, but the new iPod Touch is a surprisingly impressive update for a product tucked away in a tiny, vanishing corner of the iOS ecosystem.”

Read more in the full review here.

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  1. It’s “surprisingly impressive,” because the upcoming “colorful” iPhone 6C (with 4-inch screen) is based on the same technical design. The 6C version has Touch ID. The 6C will be at the middle of the iPhone lineup, like the 5C two years ago.

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