Apple has upgraded the iPod touch with A10 Fusion chip along with a new 256GB storage variant. This is the first refresh to the iPod line-up in nearly four years since 2015.
In the iPhone line-up, the A10 Fusion chipset is the one powering the iPhone 7 — the cheapest (and least powerful) iPhone that Apple currently has on shelf. Even though this is a year dominated by notches on rectangular screens, the seventh-generation iPod touch has everything from the past. Apart from the new chipset and storage option, everything remains the same: the thick bezel, a home button, and the same optical lenses.
According to Apple, the new iPod touch will offer upto two times faster CPU performance and upto three times faster graphics. With this refreshed hardware, the new iPod touch will be able to host features such as Group FaceTime calls and ARKit apps, which were not supported on iPod touch previously. Strategically, this makes sense given Apple is promoting its Arcade gaming subscription.
Pricing for the updated iPod touch starts at $199 for the 32GB model, $299 for the 64GB variant, and $399 for 256GB.