The iPod has consistently evolved from a musical/gaming device to a total entertainment package that fits right in your pocket. It’s an iPhone without the phone, but we still get all the wonderful goodies and apps available that convince us that the iPod is here to stay for a long, long time. After being on hiatus, Apple has finally released its latest iPod Touch upgrade, and it is said to be the best one ever yet. Yes, we recommend the new iPod Touch and we have judged it to be well worth your money. Here are five reasons to help you consider if it’s time to replace your old iPod.
It’s as fast as an iPhone 6.
Powered by the same A8 processor used in an iPhone 6, the new iPod Touch is six times faster than the A5 chip inside its predecessor, which scored 215 on a single-core test and 410 on a multi-core test. In contrast, the new iPod scored 1379 on the single-core test and 2440 on the multi-core test.
In a test run by TechCrunch, the iPod appears to be slightly slower (1.10 Ghz per core) than the iPhone 6 (1.39 GHz per core) but this may be designed as such in order to preserve battery life better. Moreover, the difference does not really matter because the iPod Touch has a smaller screen and lower pixel count than the iPhone 6. This means the iPod won’t really need that much power from its A8 processor.
The iPod’s 1GB of RAM is also the same as that of the iPhone 6.
The iPod Touch has a much improved camera.
Depend on the iPod as your new point-and-shoot, thanks to the upgrades made on both the back and front cameras. The back shooter now has 8 megapixels of resolution (previously 5MP), while the front camera now supports burst mode, which makes taking selfies easier and faster.
The iPod Touch also works great for taking 1080p videos at 30 frames per second — just the same as the previous generation but now packed with better features, such as slow-mo videos at 120 frames per second, burst mode at ten frames per second, cinematic video stabilization, improved face detection, and time-lapse video.
It doubles as your personal fitness tracker.
You’ve probably heard of the M8 motion coprocessor being used inside the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 3. And now, the new iPod Touch also has it so you can track your motion and fitness data and record it in the Health database. Don’t worry about the battery because it can track movement on its own without having to use the battery-draining A8 processor.
The new iPod Touch supports the latest Gigabit Wi-Fi.
The fastest wireless standard today, the Gigabit Wi-Fi is supported by the new iPod so you can expect your wireless usage to be three times faster. Connect your iPod to a compatible 802.11ac hotspot provided by a compatible router or modem to gain the speed benefits.
It has adopted Bluetooth 4.1.
Not even the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or the Apple Watch has Bluetooth 4.1 (they’re at 4.0), but the new iPod Touch has it. What is it for, you ask? You can get a more efficient power management, and at the same time, quicker data transfer without the hassle of interferences with LTE bands. And you don’t have to keep on reconnecting your devices after leaving the room, for example. The Bluetooth 4.1 fitness sensors can automatically transfer data from your run or any physical activity when you get back home.