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By Jason Snell

New iPod touch gets iPhone 6 power

The bright iPod family of today.

Yesterday, the current-model iPod touch was sporting an A5 processor like the one on the iPad 2 or iPhone 4S, as was more or less appropriate for when it was released in October 2012.

In the nearly three years since, though, it’s fallen out of date. iPod touch fans have clamored for a new revision, but they’ve been left disappointed until today. The new sixth-generation iPod touch features an A8 processor, the M8 motion coprocessor, an 8 megapixel camera, and a whole bunch of other hardware advancements. After a couple of years of being increasingly out of sync, the iPod touch is more or less at parity with the rest of the iOS device line-up. (No Apple Pay or Touch ID, though!)

Don’t forget about the iPod shuffle and iPod nano! They still exist too. And they, like the new iPod touch, come in six colors(!): gold, silver, blue, pink, and space gray, as well as special Product(RED) models.

The new iPod touch has the same weight and dimensions as the previous model, and continues to sport a 4-inch Retina screen. (Yes, this means that for the moment, the new iPod touch is the most advanced device Apple makes with a four-inch screen, since the iPhone 5S still uses the older A7 processor. This move also makes me even more convinced that Apple will release an A8-powered 4-inch iPhone this fall, as a successor to the 5S.)

The new iPod touch starts at $199 for a 16GB model, with 32GB for $249, 64GB for $299, and a 128GB model is available (but only from Apple, not other sellers) for $399.

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