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, currently ships in the entry-level iPads and, now, the iPod touch. The CPU is just over half the speed of the A12 in the latest iPhoens 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 rest of the device is unchanged, compared to the previous generation iPod Touch, but it’s still nice to see it receive updates. The new, more powerful chip will let people play the latest games and use the newest iOS features. “We’re making the most affordable iOS device even better with a performance that is twice as fast as before, Group FaceTime and augmented reality starting at just $199,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing.
This is the first time Apple’s updated the iPod Touch since 2015, and yet, there’s no FaceID or TouchID; maybe just to save costs or to avoid cannibalizing its more lucrative iPad lineup.