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iPod Touch 6th Generation Price, Review, Specs: Why Buy Apple's latest iPod Touch?

( [email protected] ) Aug 25, 2015 08:19 PM EDT
Apple's iPod Touch 6th Generation came unexpectedly last month at a starting price of $199. The new device contains many new features and improved specs. While iPod sales have been declining over the years, there are still a number of niche users who may find the iPod Touch 6 useful.
iPod 6 Touch finally released. Photo: Apple

Apple's iPod Touch 6th Generation came unexpectedly last month at a starting price of $199. The new device contains many new features and improved specs. While iPod sales have been declining over the years, there are still a number of niche users who may find the iPod Touch 6 useful.

Specs

All iPod Touch 6th Generation devices come with an Apple A8 processor rated at 1.12 GHz, along with an M8 motion coprocessor. There is also a 4-inch display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels. The new iPod Touch includes an advanced iSight and FaceTime HD Camera.

In contrast, the previous iPod Touch 5th Generation ran on the A5 processor. This means the iPod Touch 6th Generation future-proofed, and will have up-to-date specs for the next few years. Bear in mind, the iPod Touch 6 lacks some features including GPS and fingerprint sensor.

Though it possesses basic email and web browsing functions, the iPod Touch 6th Gen is not designed to make phone calls. Even so, the new iPod Touch is as powerful as an iPhone, which is great for iOS gaming and watching music/videos. Music can be accessed through Apple Music, and movies and shows can be acquired thru the Apple Store.

Color Options

The iPod Touch 6 comes in six color options. These include Space Gray, Gold, Silver, Blue, Pink and Red. According to MacRumors, the blue and pink colors are deeper and brighter than those found on previous iPod Touch models.

Camera Features

Users will be pleased to find that the rear-facing camera has been upgraded to an 8-megapixel iSight camera. The iPod Touch 6 also has a 5-element camera lens that improves the resulting image and video quality.

The front-facing selfie camera has a maximum aperture of f/2.2, which will be useful when photographing oneself in a lowlight situation.

Storage Capacity and Pricing

Prices vary depending on the internal storage capacity. For instance, the basic 16GB version costs $199, while the 32GB version sells for $249. The retail value for the 64GB version is $299, and the largest 128GB version is selling for $399.

Why Buy an iPod Touch 6th Generation

Some users may desire having the iPod Touch 6th generation for its ability to provide music and video entertainment without the need to pay expensive cellphone bills. With apps, it is possible to access phone call functions to the iPod Touch. As a bonus, many such apps offer free unlimited in-app calls and texting. This feature is perfect for cash-strapped college students.

Parents may consider buying the iPod Touch 6th Generation for their kids in order to free up the iPhone and iPad at home. Though older iPod Touches are still available, they lack the processing power to play newer iOS games. Also, parents can stop their children from receiving outside calls, which adds one layer of security. Still, web activity will need to be monitored since the iPod Touch 6 can still access the internet.