iPod Touch 2019 review: Same design and A10 Fusion chip

The iPod Touch 2019 is finally here after 4 years. It has the same look along with slight hardware upgrade

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Apple just announced a new iPod Touch. Yes, you heard that right. That’s the first iPod Touch release in 4 years. For those who have fallen in love with Apple’s small, shiny iPod Touch, it’s time for an upgrade.

In reality, the iPod Touch lineup was once among the best-selling media players out there with more than 55 million units. However, Apple saw a dramatic decline in iPod Touch sales in 2013, which is why Apple cut down its production plans for new iPods. In 2017, Apple officially discontinued the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, leaving fans with questions about future iPod release.

The iPod Touch 2019 features the same look as its predecessor along with a slight hardware upgrade. The new model helps Apple attract parents who are looking for a smartphone-like experience for their kids.

Release date and pricing

The 7th-generation iPod Touch 2019 is now available to buy in the US, with prices starting at $199 for the basic 32GB model. For the first time, the iPod Touch comes in a 256GB model for $399. This seems plausible as Apple tends to expand the storage on its new models like iPhone, iPad, and MacBook.

Design

The iPod Touch 2019 looks the same as the previous generation. To be honest, I am quite surprised as Apple did not upgrade its exterior look. In reality, I was expecting an iPhone X-like design with smaller bezels, no home buttons, and a notch. However, keep in mind that using those premium components lead to a high price tag.

iPod Headphone Jack

The 7th-gen iPod Touch is very thin and lightweight. There are volume buttons on the left side and a lightning port at the bottom. The 3.5mm headphone jack is still there on the bottom left and we have speakers on the bottom right.

One major downside is that the new iPod Touch does not feel premium when you are holding it in your hand. This is because of its old design with a plastic back and big white bezels on the front. This does not matter to me but to be honest, I want to add more weight to the device, allowing for a firm grip.

Display

iPod display

The new iPod Touch has a 4-inch LCD display with a pixel density of 325 PPI. That’s the same display we have already seen on the previous model. As an iPhone XS user, the iPod Touch’s display is not great and pretty small. In reality, you still can watch videos and play games on the iPod Touch, but the experience is not enjoyable. However, if you are an iPhone 5 or 5s user, it is not a big deal.

A10 chip

PUBG

One of the biggest changes coming to the new iPod Touch is the Apple A10 Fusion chip. Of course, Apple’s re-adoption of the A10 chip aims to keep the price in check. Apple says that the iPod Touch is meant for gaming and AR experiences. In reality, you can play many new games on the iPod Touch like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, plants and Zombies 2, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas at 60 fps consistently.

The new A10 Fusion chip is a step up from the A8 CPU that powers the previous generation. I ran some tests to see how the new iPod Touch stacks up to the last gen model. Specifically, I tried opening up some apps at the same time and there was a huge difference between the two.

Loading Times iPod Touch  (6th-gen) iPod Touch 2019
PUBG 20 seconds 10 seconds
Asphalt 9 7 seconds 3 seconds
Twitter 10 seconds 4 seconds
Fortnite Not working 9 seconds
YouTube 6 seconds 3 seconds

The new A10 chip really made a difference when it comes to gaming. Indeed, some games like PUBG have better graphics and a lot less lag on the new iPod Touch. However, one major drawback is that the new iPod only has 1GB of RAM, meaning that apps stay open for a short time in the background and you have to reload them more often than you would on modern iPhones. To be honest, this is the biggest downside of the new iPod Touch and really matters to some users, however, I think it’s probably as Apple prepares for Apple Arcade.

Music experience

Music is the heart of your iPod Touch and the 7th-gen iPod Touch is no different. The new iPod Touch works seamlessly with Apple Music, allowing you to access more than 50 million songs. Apple Music now starts at $9.99 every month and $14.99 for a family plan.

iPod Touch

Apple Music now includes Beats 1, a radio station that offers live broadcasts to over 100 countries. The coolest part is that you will be able to create your own playlists and listen to exclusive shows. In short, Apple promises an amazing music experience on your iPod Touch.

As for the battery life, the 7th-gen iPod Touch offers up to 40 hours of music playback time and 8 hours of video playback time.

The Verdict

Pros

Cons

A10 Fusion chip Same old design
Improved gaming and music experience Small screen
More storage 1GB RAM only
3.5 headphone jack Display not great
Apple Arcade support Poor camera performance

The iPod Touch 2019 is not a significant upgrade over its previous generation. The only thing that matters to me is the A10 Fusion chip. If you now have a modern iPhone, then there is no reason to spend $200 for an iPod Touch. However, if you are a parent who wants a smart device for your kids, it might be a solid choice.

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