Apple Releases New iPod Touch With Underclocked A8 Chip, Bluetooth 4.1
On Wednesday, Apple released its newest version of the iPod touch with an underclocked A8 SoC. It is powered by a communications package boasting Bluetooth 4.1 Core Specification.
The A8 chip is the same processor that is found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. This is a marked improvement from the last generation that came with the A5 processor. The new one is clocked to lower speeds compared to other devices. The device is 0.6mm thinner than the iPhone currently in the market. It comes with a power-saving feature.
The new iPod touch release is the upgrade that has been awaited for the last three years. This time, the device has an 8-megapixel rear camera along with an improved front camera. The front camera is powered by FaceTime.
Apple Music will be available with the new iPod touch release as it can connect to Wi-Fi. It has a fitness-tracking feature which is new for such a device from Apple.
The price of the new iPod touch starts at $199 for the 16GB model. If you want to buy the 32GB model, you need to be ready to pay $249. For 64GB, it will be $299. You also have an option to purchase the 128GB model at $399.
According to Forbes, the new iPod touch is all about Apple Music, and it will somehow force users to take subscribe to the service for an extra cost. The device will ship with iOS 8.4 with no TouchID or home button included.
Apple may be eying at a monthly subscription fee that Apple Music will be driving out of the iPod touch. This may be the sole reason why the price of the device is kept quite low.
However, there is something for consumers, too. With the A8 chip present in the device, it is possible to play high-end games that were otherwise not supported. It can also be assumed that the device will have an iOS 9 update soon.