Here’s why Apple’s new iPod touch is absolutely brilliant

The new iPod touch features Group FaceTime and AR experiences, a first for iPod.
The new iPod touch features Group FaceTime and AR experiences, a first for iPod.

“On Tuesday, Apple launched a new version of the iPod touch, the first refresh of the device in four years,” Stan Schroeder writes for Mashable. “At first, one might scoff at the device’s modest features and lack of progress. It looks the same, it has the same screen size, and the same cameras. It doesn’t even have Face ID or a fingerprint scanner. Heck, the iPod touch’s design hasn’t even changed much compared to the 2012 version.”

“But on second look, the iPod touch may actually be a great choice for someone who wants to dive into Apple’s ecosystem of services without spending a lot of money,” Schroeder writes. “What if you already have a smartphone — say, a decent Android that has all the latest bells and whistles and didn’t cost you a kidney — and just want an iOS device to play iOS games, listen to music or perhaps subscribe to iOS services like Apple News+ or the upcoming Apple Arcade? In that case, the iPod touch fits the bill, and if you don’t mind carrying two devices, it might even become your everyday companion for all things Apple.”

“The iPod touch is very cheap for Apple’s standards, starting at $199. The cheapest iPhone you can get — the iPhone 7 which has the same A10 Fusion chip — starts at $449,” Schroeder writes. “The iPod touch is cheap enough to be an impulse buy, something an Android user might get to see what the grass is like on the other side.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Schroeder gets it. iPod touch is Apple’s gateway drug for Android settlers. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to get in on Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and Apple TV+.

Many people are also underestimating the performance jump from the former iPod touch’s A8 to the A10 Fusion in the new one. It’s a big leap!

Related articles:
The new 2019 iPod touch will support all of Apple’s new services – May 28, 2019
Apple unveils new iPod touch with even greater performance plus support for Group FaceTime and AR experiences – May 28, 2019


  1. No iPods are being sold at this point are good for doing physical activity. Some sort of nano is still needed that you can clip onto your shirt or pants, that has bluetooth and enough memory for some music or podcasts. Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s called the Apple Watch. bah, that’s too complicated and expensive.

  2. In addition to functioning as a WiFi iOS device for web browsing, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and Apple TV+, it seems to me that an iPod touch makes sense as a relatively low-cost controller for HomeKit products – simpler to enter numbers and codes, graphics to select options, settings, shows, etc., and WiFi connectivity across the home.

  3. “The cheapest iPhone you can get … starts at $449,”

    Nope. It starts at $449 plus many tens of dollars per month. And there are still many people who don’t need to carry a phone around or who live far from any coverage, but who would like the music, podcasts, wi-fi browsing etc.

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