Venerable iPod touch a worthy end to Apple’s iconic music line

“September 5, 2007 is the day Apple’s sole-surviving iPod was launched,” Stephen Silver writes for AppleInsider. “Yet for a final device, the iPod touch has persisted and it’s also introduced many to iOS.”

“It was a sleek, modern, touch-screen device that Apple introduced to the world in 2007 —but it wasn’t the iPhone. On September 5, 2007, the company launched the iPod touch and if it didn’t get the same attention then, perhaps it should have. For in retrospect it was a watershed moment for Apple,” Silver writes. “This isn’t a failed product or a shallow copy of the iPhone. The iPod touch isn’t the last gasp of the iconic music line, it’s the last hurrah. You can still buy the iPod touch today but it’s a model that has quietly been through consistent revisions and improvements.”

Apple's iPod touch offers a 64-bit Apple A8 chip, M8 motion coprocessor, 8MP camera, and Apple Music capability
Apple’s iPod touch offers a 64-bit Apple A8 chip, M8 motion coprocessor, 8MP camera, and Apple Music capability

 
“Despite no new hardware for three years, there’s been little in the way of rumor that Apple was thinking about killing off the iPod line altogether,” Silver writes. “The iPod touch is a product that’s lasted more than a decade, and while it’s considerably less important to Apple’s identity that it was at its height, it’s still the least expensive iOS device, and an ideal way to introduce newcomers to the Apple ecosystem.”

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6 Comments

  1. I have an iPod Touch and also two 2004 & 2007 dial iPods. Frankly I prefer the old dial type and it’s way easier for basic music listening and I don’t use the iPod Touch for much anything else. I wonder is there’s an app with the old iPod interface?

  2. Lots of places use mobile VoIP phones and an updated iPad Touch with the iPhone’s mic and speakers- but no cell radio- would make a perfect VoIP phone for the enterprise market.
    The stuff being sold today is clunky and overpriced.

    They are leaving money on the table by ignoring this possibility.

  3. The main problem I have with the iPod Touch, unlike the original iPod, is the more convoluted way to get to and play your music. In that respect a dedicated player is better. I don’t know why Apple didn’t design a better player section that can instantly pop up on the iPod Touch. But then Apple rarely bothers with these kinds of innovations anymore. I am looking into alternatives.

  4. My iPod touch is my main device I have with me all the time. I would get another one if Apple ever updated it again. It does everything I need. It even makes phone calls where I have wifi available. It even tethers to my phone where wifi access is not available. Great for running all your iOS stuff without worrying about draining your phone battery. Small. The size I want my iPhone to be but isn’t. My main issue is that as time marches on, it is becoming more and more noticeable that iOS is not designed for the iPod touch. The IPod touch keeps insisting on linking to iCloud and some apps won’t work unless I disable a whole bunch of stuff.

    My suspicion is an Apple Watch was supposed to replace everything I use my iPod touch for. I’m not going to do that.

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