Corinne McKeller, 2021
CNN Business reports that, for the first time since 2015, Apple has released a new iPod. The popular music player reached its peak in 2008, and has since become somewhat outdated with the release of new iPhones and iPads. The 7th generation iPod Touch offers a cheaper alternative to the iPhone, offering most of the same features such as the 4-inch retina display, but requiring a WiFi connection in order to use iMessage or FaceTime. It can connect with Bluetooth headphones and speakers, and access the App Store and iTunes.
According to Apple, this new iPod will be twice as fast as the old ones, running on an A10 chip rather than an A8 chip. It will also have more storage, offering up to 256 GB (for $200 more). The now discontinued iPod Classic came with up to 160 GB of storage.
The iPod will be able to do Group FaceTime and comes with an Apple Music subscription. It will also offer a subscription for Apple Arcade, a new gaming service that offers over 100 online and offline games with no ads.
It will be a touch screen iPod, with a home button and a four-inch display, and comes in space gray, white, gold, blue, pink, and red. It starts at $199.