Remember the iPod? Apple just released the first new one in four years


Apple has updated the iPod touch for the first time since July 2015. Today, the company refreshed the device with its A10 system-on-a-chip (which includes a CPU, GPU, and more), providing a big step up in performance from the A8 in the prior model.

The A10 has come to be Apple’s entry-level CPU. Originally introduced in the iPhone 7, it currently ships in the entry-level iPad and, now, the iPod touch. The CPU is just over half the speed of the A12 in the latest iPhones for multi-threaded tasks, though the gap is much smaller in single-core performance. The A10’s built-in GPU delivers about 56 percent the performance of the A12. It was the last Apple system-on-a-chip to use Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR chip. (Apple now designs its own graphics silicon for iOS devices).

The iPod launched a new era for Apple after Steve Jobs’ return in 1998, but these days, you’d be forgiven for forgetting the company even still sells the product. Gone is the traditional-hard-drive-equipped iPod with the iconic click wheel. For the past few years, Apple has only offered the iPod touch, which is like a smaller, lighter iPhone without the cellular guts. It’s a niche product, but it’s still there.

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