New $199 iPod Touch revealed by Apple powered by A10 Fusion

Apple debuted a new $199 iPod Touch powered by an A10 Fusion processor, marking the end of a four-year period for the product with no new upgrades.

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After seemingly letting the iPod Touch brand remain dormant since 2015, Apple has unveiled a new model.

The latest iteration of the iPod Touch will feature the A10 Fusion processor and will come in three configurations: 32 GB of storage for $199, 128 GB of storage for $299, and 256 GB of storage for $399. This is a new storage option for the iPod Touch, and it should net anyone looking to adopt one for the first time a great incentive to pick one up.

"We're making the most affordable iOS device even better with performance that is twice as fast as before, Group FaceTime and augmented reality starting at just $199," said Greg Joswiak, vice president of product marketing at Apple. "The ultra-thin and lightweight design of iPod Touch has always made it ideal for enjoying games, music and so much more wherever you go."

The new iPod Touch will be just 3.10 ounces and measure 4.86 inches long by 2.31 inches wide at just 0.24 inches thick. It will also come packing a four-inch Retina multitouch IPS display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels with a pixel density of 326ppi. Its screen will feature a contrast ratio of 800:1 and 500cd/m squared maximum brightness.

But what about the other side of the device? There's an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with auto image stabilization, HDR support, and more. Then on the other side for selfish you get a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera with auto HDR for photos and 720p HD video. In terms of connectivity, you get Bluetooth and Wi-Fi of course, and this model does come rocking the 3.5 mm headphone jack with a Lightning cable. It's supposed to get up to 40 hours of music playback and 8 hours of video.

If you've been thinking about jumping on the iPod Touch train, this is the time to do it, especially if you've been waiting for an upgraded, cheaper version as your starting point.

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    May 28, 2019 9:15 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, New $199 iPod Touch revealed by Apple powered by A10 Fusion

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      May 28, 2019 9:57 AM

      Since 95% of all games now need constant access to the internet, not sure how useful this is. I don't think you can play music loaded up on the unit without the music app needing to touch the web. Guess you can tether it to your phone or use it on your wifi at home.

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        May 28, 2019 10:06 AM

        It might play DOOM 3 :)

        I believe the gig is that with, say, Apple Music you can play downloaded content offline but once a month or so it needs to check in and make sure you’re still paid up.

        Like, if you cancel your Apple Music subscription you still get to use it until the day you would have needed to renew.

        But really the target market for these things are

        - kids not old enough to have real phones. And there are a LOT of games that still work without constant network access. Nowhere near the 95%.

        - situations where you need the power/usefulness of an iOS device but don’t want to give up your phone (my wife has an iPod touch she keeps loaded down with music and takes to weddings in case there’s some meltdown with the DJ and she doesn’t want to give up her phone)

        - business applications where you need iOS but not a phone - like there’s a line of price gun scanners that use iPod touches to power the display. It’s cheaper and more powerful than something you could make yourself and thanks to MDM, the iPod touch is useless unless plugged into its intended device.

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        May 28, 2019 10:13 AM

        Yeah, it has WiFi.

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        May 28, 2019 10:44 AM

        For parents they don’t want their kids to have access to the internet outside of parental controlled WiFi anyway.

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          May 28, 2019 10:47 AM

          Or for parents that don't want to pay stupid monthly phone charges. Kids can call home free wherever there is wifi

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            May 28, 2019 1:15 PM

            That would be a good use case, but I think I'll just use an old iPhone 6 or something. Pretty sure those can work over wifi even if you've deactivated them.

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        May 28, 2019 10:58 AM

        Tommy takes the previous iPod Touch to school with him every day. He has wi-fi access there, it's hundreds of dollars cheaper for the device, and paying $40/month for cell access is ridiculous. I wanted to get him an iPad Mini, but he wouldn't let me get him anything that big. :/

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          May 28, 2019 11:04 AM

          It’s a perfect little iMessage device.

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          May 28, 2019 11:49 AM

          Yea, trying to talk my wife into just getting our daughter one of these instead of some hokey kids cell watch thinger.

          We live out in the country and plan to have our daughter ride the bus to and from school now while we’re at work (she’ll be in the 4th grade)...so the only time she’d be out of communication would be on the bus.

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        May 28, 2019 11:14 AM

        It has wifi and phones tether easy. I don't pay for my Surface to have cellular because it's pointless with a phone in my pocket.

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        May 28, 2019 12:06 PM

        The Spotify app lets you download music for offline listening and I'm pretty sure that Apple Music does as well.

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        May 28, 2019 2:16 PM

        I don't think you can play music loaded up on the unit without the music app needing to touch the web

        ...What? Are you saying that the music app needs connectivity in order to play local files? Why would you think that?

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      May 28, 2019 1:04 PM

      It’s a strange use case scenario, but I’d be willing to bet the touch’s headphone jacks pretty great. Paired with a cheap amp, it’d have amazing battery life as a dedicated “DAP/AMP” setup and a larger phone can be the remote for Spotify.

      I’ve been using an iPhone SE + portable headphone amp as a source for Spotify and then an iPhone XR to control it recently. I’m really shocked how well it sounds and how convenient it is to have all the wires on one side and Spotify wireless.

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          May 28, 2019 1:26 PM

          The battery size on the touch is pretty small, and it looks like they didn't increase it when they put in a new processor. I'd expect that it wouldn't last too long vs your iphone setup.

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            May 28, 2019 1:42 PM

            Yup, didn’t see that. Just looked and it’s estimated @ 8 hours video vs 14 in the SE. wow, that sucks!

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        May 28, 2019 1:36 PM

        Alternatively get a old op3/t or htc which has good quality out of the box. Use Viper4Android or Poweramp.

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          May 28, 2019 1:44 PM

          ^ excellent idea. I have an old HTC One M9, but the screen is busted, battery’s toast, and Android feels so out there for me now.

          But thanks for brining this up. I’ll have to look into getting it all fixed up. Those apps you mentioned...there for FLAC/MP3/Vorbis, your own personal music, right? Or do they work with Spotify somehow?

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            May 28, 2019 1:59 PM

            Poweramp is for local files, but Viper4Android is pretty powerful even if you only stream and if your phones output/headphones kinda suck.

            Hardware-wise certain android phones are so good they make a amp-dongle unnecessary if you only stream.

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              May 28, 2019 2:03 PM

              Here an example for the op6 https://youtu.be/2rEudIASYN8 (check the headphone settings)

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                May 28, 2019 2:06 PM

                Oh wow. That’s way over my head these days. I’ve gone from using foobar, an android phone, and maintaining a gaming pc to Spotify, and all apple computing setup, and an Xbox. I’m old!

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                  May 28, 2019 2:16 PM

                  Whatever works for you :) my current phone isnt rooted either but its a nice option to have.

                  I wouldn’t give up my gaming pc though ;) even my consoles have some retroarch/kodi future planned for them.

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                    May 28, 2019 2:19 PM

                    “My current phone isn’t rooted” That’s how it began for me my friend! I’m completely oblivious to what intel and NVIDIA are up to these days...it’s kind of embarrassing. Hang onto that gaming pc!1!

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              May 28, 2019 2:03 PM

              Ah, you know what. I stopped using the One M9 because it would “lose” connnection” to Spotify and I’d have to manage it. But yeah, I’m only using Spotify for simplicity. I think I just like the IPhone combo, because it just works. It also fits perfectly on the amp.

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        May 28, 2019 1:54 PM

        Can't you just use a lightning -> TRS adapter on the iPhone XR instead of carrying around 2 devices?

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          May 28, 2019 2:12 PM

          Is TRS ~ just a regular headphone jack input? Like the packed in lighting in to headphone adapter in the box?

          I’m using some 250 ohm beyerdynamic 880’s and they just don’t sound right unless I have an amp connected. Even the HTC One M9 just didn’t have the juice. I’m using s very cheap Fiio A5? It was $100. So I would have to go from the phone to the adapter to the amp and the to the headphones. It’s like spaghetti. :[

          This way, I can just sit the iPhone on the amp and move it to the side. Then I can use the XR with its bigger screen, or an iPad to manage the music without a big huge wire coming out of it.

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          May 28, 2019 2:16 PM

          Oh, just saw “carrying around.” This is a home setup. It never leaves the home. I use Sony XM3’s for on the go and plantronics over the ear backbeat fits for the gym. Although, I’m on an apple phone so that means AAC instead of LDAC and it’s a huge hit on SQ. Even a cheap moto g sounds soooo much better than the the XR with LDAC.

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      May 28, 2019 1:44 PM

      In other news, the product brand "iPod" is still technically in circulation.

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        May 28, 2019 1:58 PM

        I use mine every day. My phone is too big and expensive to use while running or at the gym, the iPod is perfect.

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          May 28, 2019 2:02 PM

          I don't have anything against the iPod, I'm just surprised it's still a product that can be bought new.

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      May 28, 2019 1:58 PM

      My old iPod from 2012 is getting pretty long in the tooth (laggy as hell when changing screens), but it still works perfectly well.

      I'm tempted to upgrade, anyway.