Apple has up to date the iPod contact for the primary time since July 2015. As we speak, the corporate refreshed the machine with its A10 system-on-a-chip (which features a CPU, GPU, and extra), offering an enormous step up in efficiency from the A8 within the prior mannequin.

The A10 has come to be Apple’s entry-level CPU. Initially launched within the iPhone 7 (which is now not accessible besides within the refurbished retailer), it at the moment ships within the entry-level iPad and, now, the iPod contact. The CPU is simply over half the pace of the A12 within the newest iPhones for multi-threaded duties, although the hole is far smaller in single-core efficiency. The A10’s built-in GPU delivers about 56 % the efficiency of the A12. It was the final Apple system-on-a-chip to make use of Creativeness Applied sciences’ PowerVR chip. (Apple now designs its personal graphics silicon for iOS gadgets).

The iPod launched a brand new period for Apple after Steve Jobs’ return in 1998, however nowadays, you would be forgiven for forgetting the corporate even nonetheless sells the product. Gone is the traditional-hard-drive-equipped iPod with the enduring click on wheel. For the previous few years, Apple has solely supplied the iPod contact, which is sort of a smaller, lighter iPhone with out the mobile guts. It is a area of interest product, nevertheless it’s nonetheless there.

That is the mannequin that you will discover within the retailer with the A10 right this moment. Nothing else has modified. The design and chassis are the identical, the colour choices are the identical, it weighs the identical, and it presents the identical battery life (as much as 40 hours of music playback time, as much as eight hours of video). It nonetheless has a 326ppi, 1136×640, Four-inch show with an 800:1 distinction ratio and a most brightness of 500 cd/m2. And it nonetheless presents an Eight-megapixel rear digicam with 1080p 30fps video together with a 1.2MP front-facing digicam that shoots video at 720p.

The iPod contact begins at $199 for the 32GB mannequin, making it the most cost effective entry level to iOS. You will get it with 128GB of storage for $299 or 256GB for $399. Coloration choices embrace house grey, gold, silver, pink, blue, and a PRODUCT(RED) crimson.

In case you had been hoping for a radical redesign, you will not get it right here. However the CPU bump retains this product viable as an entry level, notably for youths. The brand new iPod ships right this moment.

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