Apple finally updates the iPod touch with an A10 chip

There's also a 256GB option, but it's the same on the outside.

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No, your eyes aren't deceiving you -- after four long years, Apple has updated the iPod touch. The new version packs a much faster A10 Fusion chip -- think iPhone 7 era -- that can keep up with modern iOS experiences like group FaceTime calls and augmented reality, not to mention newer mobile games. Apple has also given the storage a much-needed boost, with a new 256GB version joining the mix for those who need to hold absolutely everything.

Those of you who were hoping for a redesign, however, will be disappointed. The new iPod (that's still very strange to write) is identical on the outside -- same shape, same four-inch screen, same cameras. You even have the old-school home button instead of Touch ID. That's not a huge knock for a device that's meant for kids, the car or the gym, but it's a reminder that the iPod isn't exactly a high priority in an era of iPhones and Apple Watches.

It's relatively inexpensive, at least. The refreshed iPod touch is available now for $199 with a 32GB capacity, $299 for 128GB and $399 for the range-topping 256GB model. That could be considered a lot when not much has changed, but look at it this way: it's still the most affordable way into the iOS ecosystem, and it makes more sense with the kid-friendly Apple Arcade service on the horizon.

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