Apple are dropping an iPod for the first time in four years

Tech 29/05/2019

With the rapid advancement of technology in recent years, standalone MP3 players like the iPod have come and gone and quickly made obsolete. But that doesn't mean they can't come back in style, and it doesn't mean they've been forgotten.

Apple today announced a brand new iPod Touch model, updating the iconic gadget for the first time since 2015. 

The internal processor now matches the one found in an iPhone 7 and storage has been expanded to a maximum of 256GB. And, it's set to be pretty affordable, starting at NZ$349.

“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 US$199 [for the 32GB model],” Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing said. “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.”

If you haven't played a game on an iPod Touch since the Doodle Jump days you're in for a treat. The A10 Fusion chip means graphics will be smoother, and the new Apple Arcade service will be integrated as well.

“This fall gamers can look forward to Apple Arcade, a game subscription service with over 100 new and exclusive games with no ads or additional purchases, and the ability to download games for offline play. Apple Arcade is the perfect complement to the already enormously popular catalog of free games on the App Store.”

The new model is available in six colours and can be ordered from Apple's website.