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New Generation of Apple iPod Touch devices

Recently, Apple announced the latest generation of their iPod Touch, and we already have them available for you to buy! The iPod 8 is the eighth generation iPod that Apple has released since the first model back in 2001. Of course, throughout the years, Apple has kept on innovating. Last year, iOS got a major overhaul that was well received by a majority of the public. Some people did find that their iPods became a bit slower after the update to iOS 8, but Apple has already taken care of that. What's more, these new iPods have already been prepped for the impending release of iOS 9! The new iPod Touch is available in five colours: blue, pink, silver, gold and Space Grey with either 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of storage space.

The Apple doesn't fall far from the tree

With an iPod, you'll have all your favourite music, movies, pictures and other digital media right in your pocket. It's an advanced piece of technology that was initially designed for playing music. Of course, it still does that (with a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz), but it has really grown into an indispensable accessory, with features such as internet, calender, pictures, videos, FaceTime, games, address book, and so much more! The App Store allows you to download your own apps and install them on your iPod, so you can customise it to do whatever you want it to do! Nevertheless, the iPod still manages to do what it was meant to do: play music, anywhere, anytime. With a full battery, it allows for 48 hours of playback time.

The iPod 8: what's changed?

Compared to its predecessor, the iPod 8 has seen a few significant changes. Apple took a good look at the previous model, determined which areas they could improve upon, and subsequently did so. For starters, these new iPods are equipped with the revolutionary A8 chip. This chip is built on 64-bit architecture, and compared to previous iPods it allows for a GPU that is 10 times faster, and a CPU that is 6 times faster. All of this is realised without affecting battery life: you'll still get that impressive 40-hour music playback time, and those 8 hours of non-stop video playback.

Furthermore, Apple fitted the iPods with another processor: the M8 motion coprocessor. This processor continuously picks up on all physical movement using advanced sensors, such as a gyroscope and an accelerometer, while taking away some of the A8 chip's workload. The M8 also delivers accurate information to the Health app.

The new iPod 8 also features with Metal Technology. This technology allows you to coax every bit of graphical power out of the A8 and iOS, while also allowing app developers to design highly advanced, console-style games. It allows for complex visual effects and detailed graphics, making your games feel much more realistic. All of this is beautifully rendered on the fantastic 4" Multi-Touch Retina display, with a 1136 x 640 resolution and 326 pixels per inch. It's an excellent way to watch HD movies or TV shows.

The eye of your Apple

Apple also managed to improve the iPod Touch's rear iSight camera, which has a resolution of 8 megapixels. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera, too, has gotten an upgrade compared to the previous model. With new camera's, there must also come new features, of course, and this 8th generation iPod has plenty: slow motion, burst mode, better noise suppression and improved face detection. The slow motion feature allows you to record 720p video at 120 frames per second. You can even select a part of a video to slow down after you've already recorded it. The Burst mode takes up to 10 pictures per second. Furthermore, the improved iSight camera even allows you to make time lapse videos and high-resolution panoramas. The FaceTime HD camera features better HDR, improved face detection and automatically adjusts exposure.

So how about them Apples?

Yes, Apple once again managed to add enough value to the new iPod Touch to warrant an upgrade. With it, you'll have everything you need within arm's reach: pictures, videos, games, your friends, and - most importantly, of course - all your favourite music. Apple certainly showed impeccable timing in releasing this coveted upgrade. With the impending release of iOS 9, its improved cameras and new processors are surely going to be put to good use!


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