The new iPod touch comes with an A8 CPU, the same as the iPhone 6, and an upgraded 8 megapixel camera, but early benchmarks reveal that the device is actually fairly powerful and should be able to handle even the most demanding apps.
2015 iPod Touch surprisingly powerful
According to early tests, the A8 CPU used in the new iPod Touch runs at 1.1 GHz per core, which is slower than the 1.4 GHz that the iPhone runs at, probably to manage the battery life. In Geekbench 3, the iPod Touch scored 1,379 on the single core test and 2,440 on the multi-core test out of the box. The previous generation A5 CPU based model scored 215 and 410 respectively on the same tests, so the new iPod Touch is six times faster and a huge improvement over the old model.
For comparison, my iPhone 6 just scored 1,594 in the single-core test and 2,899 in the multi-core test.
Shown as iPod 7,1 instead of iPod 6,1 in the app, as expected the new iPod comes with Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 8.4, so it works with Apple Music right away. And just like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the iPod Touch has 1 GB of RAM and the same A8 CPU (just clocked slower).
The new iPod also has Apple’s M8 motion coprocessor to record motion activity that can be viewed in the Health app, it supports 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. It’s 64-bit A8 CPU is a massive improvement over the older A5 model, and it also includes support for Metal, a new and powerful rendering technique that improves graphics performance by up to as much as 40% compared to OpenGL.
But the iPod Touch also has a feature not in any other Apple products – Bluetooth 4.1, and it’s the first Apple device to have the new spec. Bluetooth 4.1 is more reliable with less interference with 4G signals, better power management and faster data transfer rates.
The iPod Touch comes in several new colours (including shocking pink, and gold), and costs $199 for the 16 GB model, $249 for the 32 GB model and $399 for the 128 GB model, available from the Apple online store from today.
Apple also released new iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle models in updated colours, though the internals of those devices haven’t been updated.