Apple has introduced it’s next version of the iPod, and unveiled a new lineup of colours for all models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink and blue, as well as improved battery life.
The portable iPod touch features a new 8 megapixel iSight camera for photos, an improved FaceTime HD camera for even better selfies, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and an improved fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor.
With the newly launched Apple Music service, members can enjoy playlists curated by the 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 favourite artists on Connect.
“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 favourite music, TV shows and movies,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing.
The device comes with the A8 chip, which is used in the revolutionary iPhone 6. Apple says that this means, “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.
The App Store on iPod touch, available in 155 countries, gives users access to 1.5 million apps across 24 categories. iTunes boasts the world’s largest music catalogue, 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.
iPod touch comes with iOS 8 and a collection of powerful built-in apps. Users can send unlimited voice and video text messages through iMessage over Wi-Fi, quickly make edits to photos with the Photos app and keep track of 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.
The new iPod touch starts at £159/US$199 for the 16GB model.