Apple Launches New iPod Touch Range

Apple Launches New iPod Touch Range
The new iPod touch features support for Group FaceTime and augmented reality.

(CCM) — Apple has taken the market by surprise with the announcement of a new range of iPod touch devices, the first time the product has been refreshed since 2015.

The new models are powered by Apple's A10 Fusion chips, making them more than twice as fast as previous models and enabling them to offer processor-intensive features, such as immersive augmented reality (AR) and Group FaceTime video calling.

Purchasers will be able to subscribe to Apple's soon-to-be-launched Apple Arcade to access over 100 new and ad-free games and download them for offline play, as well as downloading games from the App Store. The new iPod touch models can also access the Apple Music subscription service, allowing owners to choose from a catalog of over 50 million songs to play on the devices.

There are three new models on offer: a 32 GB version priced at $199; a 128 GB version priced at $299, and, for the first time, a 128 GB flagship model priced at $399. All are available to order today.

The iPod touch was the precursor to Apple's iPhone, but the success of the iPhone meant that the iPod touch was eclipsed and many commentators thought that the company had abandoned the idea of a small device with no cellular connectivity.

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