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It’s (still) alive: ‘The best iPod Touch yet’ goes official with A8 chip, 8 MP cam

The vastly upgraded 4 incher is way more than a rudimentary digital music player, essentially standing in for the iPhone 6c of your dreams, minus voice call capabilities.

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The legacy of the once mighty Apple iPod line seems to be in good hands nearly 14 years after the release of the original model, as a sixth-generation Touch version brings the primitive PMP one step closer to the future of mobile computing.

If you think about it, the revitalization effort of the gadget family last refreshed in 2012 was anticipated not only by a slew of rumors dating back to April, but also by the recent launch and thriving popularity of the Apple Music service.

Then again, music and multimedia playing in general are no longer the iPod’s main strength. With a notable exception, the $199 and up new Touch can do everything your iPhone 6 can… on a smaller 4-inch Multi-Touch Retina display.

Email and Internet, Siri, the best, most graphically-demanding iOS games, even voice and video text messages over Wi-Fi, they’re all part of another day at the office for the versatile, high-end iDevice.

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High-end, as in powered by the A8 chip, which at least for the next few weeks, remains Apple’s flagship SoC. Also, the M8 motion coprocessor, ensuring “even better fitness tracking.” The latest-gen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are matched in photography muscle as well, with an 8 megapixel iSight cam slapped to the iPod Touch’s rear touting impressive goodies like f/2.4 aperture, autofocus, backside illumination, face detection, exposure control, panorama and timer mode.

Your selfie needs, meanwhile, will be covered by a 1.2 MP FaceTime front-facing snapper endowed with f/2.2 aperture, 720p video recording abilities, auto HDR and burst mode, among others.

Not bad for a full iOS 8-running handheld priced at $199.99 in a 16 GB storage config, $249 with 32 gigs of space, $299 when capable of accommodating twice the data, and $399 in a 128 GB iteration. Coated in your choice of space gray, silver, gold, pink, blue or red.

The humbler iPod Nano and Shuffle are kept around starting at $149 and $49 respectively, but who cares? The iPod Touch is your affordable way into Cupertino’s mobile ecosystem. Period.

Source: Apple PR

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