Apple releases new iPod touch, updates iPod nano and shuffle

Apple on Wednesday updated its iconic iPods with new colors and a host of new features for the iPod touch.

Apple went all out with the iPod touch, giving the device the A8 chip, the same one used in the iPhone 6. Apple told me yesterday that the CPU in the new touch is six times faster than its predecessor and 10 times faster in graphics performance.

With its 4-inch display, iPod touch also gains support for Metal, which gives it even more options to run powerful games. The touch also has the M8 motion co-processor, which tracks movement and other data for health and fitness apps.

Apple also made some significant changes to the cameras in the iPod touch. In addition to an 8 Megapixel camera, Apple updated the image sensor processor and added burst and slo-mo modes to the iPod touch.


Not to be outdone by the iPhone when capturing movies, the iPod touch also gains cinematic video stabilization. This is especially handy if you’re capturing a movie while moving—the technology stabilizes the movie automatically.

The front camera of the iPod touch remains at the same resolution, but it also has an updated sensor and gains burst mode. That should be good for some new selfies.

One other change I’m glad to see is upgraded Wi-Fi—the iPod touch now supports the faster “AC” standard.

The new iPod touch will come in space gray, silver, gold, pink, red, and blue and costs $199 for the 16GB model, $249 for 32GB and $299 for 64GB. For the first time the iPod touch comes in a 128GB model for $399.


Apple told me yesterday that the iPod nano and shuffle models will maintain their current design, price and specs, but will come in the same new colors offered for the iPod touch.

Apple said that the iPod is still popular among all age groups and for many, it’s their first product in the Apple family.

I have many iPods and I’m so glad to see Apple upgrading them for new, and old, users.

  • crateish

    The only people I know of these days who have iPods are kids who are not allowed or old enough for an iPhone. I know a few adult runners who have them, but they have ancient models they are ‘used to’ and don’t seem eager to upgrade. Apple Music definitely makes them seem more useful than before. You can load up your iPod with ‘offline’ music, then be on your way.

    • marcintosh

      I concur. My iPods are just collecting dust (but I’ll never get rid of them). I just use my iPhone.

    • JohnK

      Any way to get Apple Music (that hasn’t been purchased) onto a shuffle? I wear a shuffle when running (can’t stand running with an armband) and this would be a huge reason (maybe the only reason) for me to subscribe to Apple Music. I was hoping the new shuffle would somehow allow for this by maybe limiting the number of plays of “offline” music between syncing.

  • People in the US always seem to forget that the cost of their iPhones is subsidized by the carrier. They actually think the iPhone they paid $200 for, really costs $200. In this part of the world, an iPhone 6 starts at around $800, as it’s unsubsidised (although as a result of this, I also get an unlimited data plan for $20/month).

    This makes the $200 iPod Touch suddenly look a lot more appealing.

    • rogifan

      Who in the world thinks that? Especially now with Edge and Next where they don’t even quote you $199 or $299 but $21 or $27 per month. And who considers paying off a phone over time a “subsidy”? Is a new car subsizied because you don’t pay the full price up front? I think there’s very few people who ever thought their iPhone only cost them $199.

      • Moeskido

        I think there are millions of people who buy cheap Android phones every day, because they’re encouraged to think exactly that.

  • Kyler Finn

    Mmmm, Mmmm ,Mmmm, the Nano is still sporting that classic 2012 software too. Vivé la Forstall!

    • a cosmetic and aesthetic, subjective point. its not awful at all and not bothersome in use and operation in the slightest.

      • Kyler Finn

        Yeah, I get it, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fixit.”

        Apple’s product line is more than a bit fragmented, though, too many products “dying on the vine”. Q.E.D. me thinks.