Just once we thought the iPod Touch was dead, Apple goes and brings out a replacement model.
However, the changes are slight over the 6th-gen iPod Touch that appeared in 2015 — it’s basically an equivalent chassis with a bump in processor and performance.
The remake packs a way faster A10 Fusion chip — think iPhone 7 eras — which will continue with modern iOS experiences like group FaceTime calls and augmented reality, not to mention newer mobile games.
Apple has also given the storage a much-needed boost with a replacement 256 GB version joining the combination for those that got to hold absolutely everything.
So is the iPod Touch still an honest option for those that do not have an iPhone but do want to require their tunes, and their apps around with them?
Can your pocket or bag take another gadget? Is it perfect for the kids? We’ve been testing out the 7th-gen model to seek out Those of you who were hoping for a redesign, however, are going to be disappointed.
The new iPod (that’s still very strange to write) is identical on the surface — same shape, same four-inch screen, some cameras.
A replacement 7th-gen iPod Touch will set you back £199 (with 32 GB of storage), £299 (with 128 GB of storage), and £399 (with 256 GB of storage).
By comparison, a 256 GB iPhone XR is £899… so, we’re talking a few big price difference. Your color options are pink, silver, gray, gold, blue, and red. You even have the old-school home button rather than Touch ID.
That’s not an enormous knock for a tool that’s meant for teenagers, the car or the gym, but it is a reminder that the iPod isn’t exactly a high priority in an era of iPhones and Apple Watches.
And therefore, the iPod Touch runs iOS 12 too, a bit like the newest iPhones, and it will get the iOS 13 updates later this year as well.
Meaning on a software level you’ll do exactly about anything you’ll do on the iPhones, except making calls and using cellular data.
Fixing iOS may be a breeze lately, with or without iTunes, and if you’ve already got an iPhone up and running than the iPod Touch can automatically grab your Apple login details and settings from it.
There is no Touch ID here though, or Face ID, so, it’s pass codes whenever something which feels painfully old-fashioned.
That would be considered tons when not much has changed, but check out it this way: The talking about out-dated tech, the 4-inch screen feels tiny by modern standards.
Even with the relatively thick bezels, it is a small device that you’re going to barely notice during a pocket, and which is definitely operated with one hand.
Apps feel squash and too small, but on the plus side it is the perfect size for runners to wear strapped to an arm. The new, though not much improved, 7th gen iPod Touch is now available in Malaysia, starting at RM899.
Apple Premium Resellers Machines announced that the device is out there in 32, GB, 128 GB and 256 GB versions.
The tech could be old, but the Apple build quality and polish remains conspicuous here — it’s still an aesthetically appealing device, especially with those different color choices.
Another nod to the past is worth mentioning: the inclusion of a 3.5 mm headphone jack, so, you’ll keep it up using your existing wired headphones if you would like to.
The 32 GB model is priced at RM899 while the 128 GB model is RM1,349 and therefore, the 256 GB model is RM1,799. The iPod are available Pink, Gold, Blue, Silver, Space Grey and Red.
According to Machine’s product listing, the iPod Touch is powered by the A10 Fusion chip, which is additionally utilized in the iPhone 7 and seven Plus.
That Apple hasn’t given the iPod Touch an iPad Pro-style makeover with thin bezels and Face ID, is telling — it means this might rather be the last incarnation we see of the iPod, or that Apple is keen to stay the worth as low as possible, or both.
That lack of change isn’t getting to help sales though.
The remainder of the specs are almost like the 6th gen iPod Touch:
a 4 in retina display (326 ppi resolution), an 8-megapixel f/2.4 main camera and a 1.2-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera.
a home button with no Touch ID, lightning input and most significantly, a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Did we all really used to urge by with phones this size? The screen on the 4-inch, 1,136 × 640 pixel display is ok, it’s with great care well small.
From checking email to watching movies to flicking through menus, you are going to seek out yourself wishing there was more screen land available here.
The iPod Touch runs iOS 12 out the box, but is predicted to be ready to upgrade to iOS 13 soon.
The device is additionally available on Apple Malaysia’s Online Store, hidden away under the Music product tab. It’s actually great for music, this the iPod Touch is primarily for anyway.
Apple Music, Spotify and similar apps work fine here, without many on-screen controls to clutter the interface.
The 7th generation of this device continues its strong traditions as a music player, and you’ve got the standard support for standards like Airplay and Chromecast (in compatible apps) too.