By Tom Paye
Flagship iPod now features A8 processor found in the iPhone 6
Apple yesterday unveiled a raft of new iPod models, headed up by a vastly improved iPod Touch featuring the A8 processor found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
As well as a much faster processor (the previous iPod Touch was lumped with the A5 chip from the iPhone 5), the new iPod Touch features an upgraded 8MP iSight camera, as well as an improved HD front-facing camera. Additionally, the iPod Touch now features improved fitness tracking via Apple's M8 motion coprocessor.
The new device sticks with the four-inch screen size that was featured on the older model, though on the new version, it's a Retina display. It will also come with Apple's newly launched Apple Music streaming service, available in the UAE for AED 19.99 per month. Apple also claimed three-times faster Wi-Fi performance compared to the previous model.
Apple said that, in the UAE, the new iPod Touch will start at AED 799 for the 16 GB model, and go up to AED 1,599 for a 128 GB model.
"iPod Touch gives customers around the world access to Apple Music, the App Store and iOS, the world's most advanced mobile operating system, starting at just AED 799," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing.
"With big advancements like the A8 chip and the 8-megapixel iSight camera, customers can experience next-level gameplay, take even more beautiful photos and enjoy their favourite music, TV shows and movies."
Apple also used yesterday's announcement to reveal new colours for the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano. The iPod Nano still sports an iOS 6-style interface, which, according to industry sources, is due to the fact that everyone who was previously working on the iPod software team is now working on the Apple Watch.